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Liz Bobo
Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B

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Snow Cancellation Possible

Howard County Delegation Public Hearing

The Howard County Delegation’s currently scheduled public hearing on Thursday, February 13th at 7:30pm in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building may be affected by inclement weather. The meeting will align with cancellation procedures for the Howard County Public School System. Please note that the meeting will be cancelled if any of the following events occurs:

1) The Howard County Public School System closes school for the day on 2/13/14,

2) The Howard County Public School System closes school early on 2/13/14, or

3) The Howard County Public School System cancels all afternoon and evening events/activities for 2/13/14.

My 2oth and Final
Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, February 27th, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Village Center
5440 Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
 

As I look back, these meetings stand out as a galvanizing force of my serving as a Maryland Delegate. Please come and join in the usual lively discussion on issues that are currently before the Maryland Legislature in Annapolis, including health care, education, and protection of our precious Chesapeake Bay.

Hello and Update on Zach

February 7, 2014

This has been a cold week here in Annapolis, though not nearly as icy as back home in Columbia. Lloyd and I drove home most evenings to see Zach. He continues to rest mostly peacefully and is constantly in our hearts, whether we are in Annapolis or home.

We look forward to being back in Columbia for the weekend.

Howard County Delegation Meeting

The Howard County Delegation will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, February 13th, at 7:30 pm at the County Office Building in Ellicott City for testimony regarding statewide issues currently before the legislature.

Business Climate

As we read the two articles below about the proposals by legislative leadership to improve our state's business climate, I think it would be prudent to ask ourselves whether, with the presence of NSA and Fort Meade and its cyber command center, we can be anything other than a hub for these industries. So, since we are already this hub, do we need to lure more contractors with tax breaks? I think not.

The Sun: Top Democrats push package for better business climate/Busch, Miller aim to lure researchers, companies to Maryland

Washington Post:  Maryland looks to boost cybersecurity profile with new roundtable


This Week in the Legislature

Bill hearings are fully underway in the House and Senate committees. The Environmental Matters Committee, on which I serve, also has responsibility for housing legislation. We heard several bills which will make it somewhat less difficult for Marylanders whose homes have been foreclosed upon to get back on their feet financially. HB 274 Civil Actions-Statutes of Limitations for Certain Specialties and Motion for Certain Deficiency Judgments is the title of the bill.

W.R. Grace

W.R. Grace has been a major presence in our county for many years, with its executives serving on many community boards, such as our hospital. The two articles below about this company's coming out of years of bankruptcy recount some of its history including damage caused by some past business practices.

Let's hold forth hope for positive contributions to humanity as well as a sound fiscal future for this major corporation.

The Sun:  W.R. Grace emerges from bankruptcy, finally

The Sun:  For Grace, a long road out of bankruptcy court

Maryland’s Fiscal Health

I realize what a challenging task it is to prepare a state budget that is both fiscally sound and balanced in providing needed services for all segments of the state's population. Governor O'Malley has done basically a good job at this during his tenure as Maryland's governor. Regarding this year’s budget, I agree with the Baltimore Sun editorial below. I am grateful that State Treasurer Nancy Kopp has spoken out in opposition to this shortsighted proposal.

The Sun:  Broken promises [Editorial] Our view: O'Malley's plan to divert pension savings to the general fund is unfair to workers and potentially harmful to Md.'s fiscal health

Affordable Health Care Act

As I said in last week's legislative update, I believe time will show that the federal and state health care reforms recently enacted will prove to be some of the most beneficial public policy in many years. That said, I also believe that it would be a serious error for Maryland government not to pursue the cause of the abysmal performance of our state’s website.

It may be too simplistic an approach to say that Steven Pearlstein may have the answer in his op ed below about the federal outsourcing boom. And then again, it may have a lot to do with it.

The Sun:  Mr. Brown gets a reprieve [Editorial] Our view: Democrats' credibility takes a hit with decision to drop further legislative probing into Maryland's troubled health exchange 

Washington Post:  The federal outsourcing boom and why it’s failing Americans

Peace.

Liz

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

 

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