Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
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Hello Again from Annapolis to All of You Back Home
What a beautiful sunny day last Sunday back home in Columbia. Lloyd and I so enjoyed sitting on our back deck in the sun watching all of the birds and emerging buds on the trees. We received the thrilling news that we are now great grandparents! Erin, the daughter of Lloyd’s and my son-in-law, Smitty, gave birth to a baby girl. We look forward to seeing McKenna in Virginia for the first time after session. What a joy!
This is the first week in which we had two full sessions on the floor of the House. On Wednesday, we covered the second readers of the budget in the morning session and the death penalty bill in the afternoon. Needless to say it was a long day. I am pleased to say that the debate remained respectful for the most part.
Today we have the same two bills on final reader. Both passed, the repeal of the death penalty by a vote of 82-56.
These documents give more information about both of these bills:
This Editorial in the Columbia Flier uses Howard County as an example of overly "onerous" requirements for
referenda signatures. The people's right to take a law to referendum is an important element in the balance of powers of government. Although we don't want to allow this right to be abused, neither do we want it to be too difficult to implement. I believe the Board of Elections actions in Howard County in 2010 virtually eliminated this crucial right of the people.
Here is one more incident of an action that could reduce transparency in government.
The Governor’s Employment Advancement Right Now, EARN, legislation is a truly practical and much needed jobs program. The role of community colleges in this program is crucial, and our own HCC is well positioned to participate.
Jan Rivkin, a Centennial High School graduate in my daughter Chris’s class in 1982, is one of the two co-leaders of the Harvard Business School‘s U.S. Competitiveness Project. I think you will agree that this report is written in
such clear language that we can all grasp it. I find the report to be very practical and encouraging. It is so gratifying to see a Howard County graduate having such a major impact on our world. Jan’s parents and our dear friends, Mac and Judy Rivkin, live in Columbia in the legislative district I represent in Annapolis.
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