January 2020, Week 1 & 2

Legislative UPDATE: Hello again, everyone! The 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly has kicked off, and we have plenty to take care of in a short window of time. One of the biggest issues we will tackle this year is school funding, both for school construction projects and the implementation of the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations, which drastically change our funding formula. Figuring out how we fund these projects will be of great debate this session, and I will keep you abreast as we go. Also of great importance this session is protecting key elements of the Affordable Care Act. With 20 states looking to invalidate the ACA, there’s a very real possibility the law gets overturned. This session we will act to protect provisions such as providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ health plan until they are 26. New Faces: Two days before the end of session last year, the inimitable Speaker Michael Busch passed away. Not long after, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced he would step down as President to focus on his health.

The two Giants of Maryland politics combined for almost 50 years in leadership in Annapolis, and their impact will be difficult to replicate. But with Baltimore County’s own Adrienne Jones taking up the mantle in the House and Bill Ferguson taking charge of the Senate, both chambers are in great hands. I have seen first-hand Speaker Jones’s leadership ability and I have the utmost faith in her, and I wish her the best of luck.

At the end of last year, Eric Bromwell announced he was taking a position in the Olszewski administration in Baltimore County Government. Mr. Bromwell has been a fine public servant and was a tremendous example and mentor to me in my first year. He fought for years to lower prescription costs, and his voice in Annapolis will surely be missed.

Taking his place in Annapolis is Delegate Carl Jackson. Mr. Jackson will certainly work hard for the people of District 8, and I look forward to collaborating with him to tackle the issues most important to our constituents.

Scholarships: Last year the delegates in District 8 awarded dozens of scholarships to local residents looking to continue their education. We will be doing so again this year, so make sure you apply! (We will provide more information on next edition). Next week we will get into my legislative agenda for this session, as well as what bond bills I will be presenting.

Yesterday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we remember all of the efforts and sacrifices made by civil rights workers, advocates, and ordinary citizens who have stood up for the sake of equality and justice. Although we have made tremendous strides over the years, there is still a great deal of work to do. We are fortunate to have the example of great leaders like Dr. King to follow as we continue the struggle into the future.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or want your voice to be heard. Government works best when everyone gets involved.

State Office: 303 House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. MD 21401

District Office: 7701 Belair Rd. Nottingham, MD 21236 Phone: 410-841-3526

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