Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
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Today marks the close of the first full week of the legislative session.
I returned from my three weeks in India traveling with Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, and twenty other individuals including several college students. The beautiful people of this large nation made a deep impression on me and are in the forefront of my mind and soul as I take up my legislative responsibilities in our state of Maryland. The journey served as a reminder of how easy it is for us to become complacent about injustices in our own culture. I have not yet had sufficient time to assimilate all that I experienced and learned, though I do know it will have a deep and lasting impact on me and my work in this world.
I am working on three bills on which I will be the prime sponsor and which I will file soon.
Provision of more information to people who have reached the end of life stage
Provision of a penalty for violations of the open meeting law
Strengthening campaign finance laws
This year we will hold the community gathering on Thursday, February 21st, at 7:30 pm. As usual we will meet in Kahler Hall in the Harper's Choice Village Center. I am sure we will have a lively discussion as we always do. I look forward to seeing you there.
This editorial in the Baltimore Sun does a good job outlining most of the major issues that will come before the legislature this year. Some of them, e.g. gun control, are issues that I and many of you have been working on for many years.
Repeal of the death penalty is also one of those issues I and many of you have worked on for many years. I am
deeply hopeful that this will be the year that this ineffective and unjust practice ends in our state.
Although we still have difficult financial decisions ahead of us, the economic forecast has definitely improved.
Although I understand the reasoning behind this Columbia Flier editorial, many state programs, including those at the bottom of the income scale, are also struggling to keep going. Hopefully we will be able to avoid placing more costs on the counties, though we must be mindful that our first responsibility is to all of the people of our state.
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