The 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly adjourned on April 8th having considered over 1600 bills on issues as diverse as the death penalty, gun control, transportation funding and alternative energy. As a state we have maintained our triple A bond rating and all but closed our budget deficit while increasing funding for education and promoting measures to support our nearly 530,000 small businesses.
I look forward to hearing your legislative ideas over the interim.
The 433rd legislative session is now underway. This session the top priorities are: to create and preserve jobs, invest in education and continue to maintain our high quality of life here in Maryland. Thanks to the responsible management of the State’s affairs, sacrifices by all and restrained spending over the last few years, as well as the expansion of gaming, we are on track to bring the state back into good fiscal order. Click here to see the Governor’s budget: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/BudgetFY2014.asp.
I will continue to serve Speaker Mike Busch’s leadership team, being elevated from the Office of Chief Deputy Majority Whip, to that of Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus. Delegate Luedtke and Zucker also saw their stars rising: Eric being appointed chair of the busy Finance Resources subcommittee – focusing on gaming, while Craig has been promoted to vice chair of the Public Safety & Administration subcommittee, and will crucially now be Montgomery County’s sole representative on the powerful Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Appropriations committee.
Maryland’s schools have been named #1 in the nation for a 5th consecutive year. As Chair of the influential Education Subcommittee I will continue to strive to make our K-12 system number one for all kids. As newly elected Chair of the Montgomery County delegation I will fight to ensure that Montgomery County sees its fair share of transportation and education dollars, while maintaining the strength of your representatives’ voice in House of Delegates. Click here for the Montgomery County Delegation website: http://www.montgomerycountydelegation.com/
The 430th Session of the Maryland General Assembly began on January 11, 2012 and we will meet in Annapolis for 90 days to act on more than 2,300 bills including the State’s annual budget.
The budget will dominate most of our discussions. Marriage equality legislation will return. And, of course, we’ll be busy with legislative redistricting.
For me, in my role as education subcommittee chair, I’ll be busy working for you on something called Maintenance of Effort, which has to do with education finance and how the state and local jurisdictions continue to partner to educate our children (I am happy to answer any of your questions about this, just email or call me). Ultimately, our investments in education have made a difference over the years — Maryland has been ranked #1 in education across the nation for 3 years in a row. However, we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back until we are #1 for all kids.