Session Preview: Addressing Drugged Driving
Currently in Maryland if a police officer suspects a driver is under the influence of drugs in a routine traffic stop, they must call for a an officer who is a drug recognition expert. This has had the consequence of less frequent testing for drugs or controlled dangerous substances than testing for alcohol. I currently have a bill in drafting that would allow a police officer who has successfully completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.) or similar training program to able to test on the spot for drug use. It would greatly enhance an officer’s ability to test at the time of the stop or incident.
Ready Red Maryland Conservative of the Year Finalist
I’m proud to have been named as a finalist by Red Maryland as 2019 Conservative of the Year and also as 2019 Conservative Legislator of the Year. To learn more about Red Maryland, Maryland’s Conservative voice since 2007, visit www.redmaryland.com
Governor Hogan Proclaims 2020 as Year of the Woman in Maryland
Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote
Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in Maryland as the state prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The Commission’s signature event, presented in partnership with Notre Dame of Maryland University and the Women of the World organization, is the WOW Festival on March 7, 2020 at the Columbus Center in Baltimore. The Commission is also collaborating with the Maryland Commission for Women to host the 2020 Women’s Centennial Summit on August 26, 2020 at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. The summit, which is free and open to the public, will offer a day of leadership training and development for adult and young women. For more information and to plan your tour of Maryland, go to https://www.visitmaryland.org/list/2020-year-woman-maryland.
Governor Hogan Announces New Initiatives and Expanded Legislation to Address Violent Crime in Baltimore
This week, Governor Hogan announced a number of important new initiatives in the state’s continued efforts to help Baltimore City address its single most urgent issue: the murders, shootings, and out-of-control violence. Initiatives include, funding for 25 new prosecutors and support staff for the Attorney General to prosecute violent crimes, $21 million in funding for Baltimore City and the State’s Attorney’s Office, a new comprehensive juvenile crime strategy to curb youth violence in Baltimore City, and a bold crime package of four bills that will be introduced during the 2020 legislative session. Governor Hogan has made clear that he will use every tool and resource at his disposal to arrest, convict, and bring violent offenders to justice. Read the full press release here.