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Liz Bobo
Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B

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January 25, 2013

It has been a very cold week here in Maryland's capital, and walking between the statehouse and the legislative buildings has been quite brisk.  Waking up to yesterday's snow-covered ground, we found this lovely town to be even more beautiful.

With two full weeks of the session behind us, the House of Delegates has yet to do any voting on the statehouse floor. The first bills to make it out of one or more legislative committees will likely come before the full legislative body next week.

In the Environmental Matters Committee, we have not yet begun bill hearings. Our attention has been devoted to briefings given by various executive departments and advocacy groups regarding the status of major issues that come under our purview. These include mortgage foreclosures, fracking and land use policies. As Chairperson of the Land Use and Ethics Sub-committee, I will be working with the corresponding Senate chair, James Raskin from Montgomery County, in reviewing the legislators’ financial disclosure process.  You may recall some of the rather serious transgressions covered widely in the press over the past few years. This work may well prove to be rather controversial, but then again it has never been my style to shy away from controversy.

Latest Barbara Kingsolver novel - Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of her novels.  So I was delighted when Delegate Peter Murphy from Southern Maryland, who shares my love for this writer, greeted me at the beginning of the session with a gift of her latest novel, Flight Behavior.

It wasn't until I started reading it this week in the evenings after session that I realized how directly applicable it is to my work on the Environmental Matters Committee.  The subject matter of this novel is particularly dear to me because Lloyd and I visited Morelia, Mexico a few years ago and walked up the mountain in the central part of the country where the monarch butterflies migrate.  It was a magnificent mystical experience; Lloyd at one point had at least 50 monarchs land on him all at once.

Audubon magazine has an interview of Kingsolver regarding Flight Behavior.  The interview clearly reflects the discussions we have in committee on global warming.

Human Trafficking

On January 30th there will be an advocacy day in Annapolis against human trafficking. Speakers will include a survivor of child sex trafficking, a representative of law enforcement, and members of the legislature who are introducing legislation.

I have been working on these issues for several years now including participating on two panels in our community.  I will be speaking at this year's conference about Columbia Town Center resident and activist, Judy Colligan, who has given her heart and soul to this issue for many years and who was found dead in her home, apparently of a blood clot, just a week ago.  

Howard County Delegation Bills

Next Wednesday morning, January 30th, the Howard County Delegation to Annapolis will meet to vote on some
of the local bills.  The agenda has not yet been finalized. It will be posted on the website below before the voting session.

There will be a public hearing on statewide bills and issues on February 7th at 7:30 pm at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Here is a link to the delegation website with PDFs: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/statedelegation.htm

Remember!

Liz's Annual Legislative Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 pm, Kahler Hall

News articles related to major issues in this legislative session 

Baltimore Sun: Voting early and easily/Our view: O'Malley proposals on early voting and same-day registration are a reasonable way to convenience voters and improve turnout

I must confess that though I voted in favor of early voting legislation in past years, I had my doubts about it. 
Those doubts were eradicated by the voter turnout performance in last year’s election. It became clear that this
bill proposed by the governor and co-sponsored by me is necessary to enhance voters’ convenience and
participation.

Baltimore Sun: Obama 2.0/Our view: The president's second inaugural address reflected a
realization that what afflicts Washington is not mere partisanship but a fundamental debate
about the nature of our society and government

Many of the points made by our President on inauguration day apply to state and local government as well and
to our own individual lives for that matter. 


Be well.

Liz

Delegate Liz Bobo
Elizabeth.Bobo@house.state.md.us
Annapolis Office  410-841-3205
District Office   410-997-2626

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