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November 29, 2012
Recent meetings in Annapolis in preparation for 2013 legislative session
Yesterday the Environmental Matters Committee received a briefing from six departments in the administration on their plans for the upcoming session which begins in January: Agriculture, Environment, Housing and Community Development, Natural Resources, Planning, and Transportation. We also heard presentations of four legislative task forces which have been working since the end of this year's session in April: Marcellus Shale, Animal Spaying and Neutering, Lead Paint, and Mortgage Foreclosure.
The previous day a report was given on recodification of the Land Use Article of the Maryland Code to two subcommittees - Local Government and Land Use and Ethics, which I chair.
It appears we will have another very active session next year.
Good news for Md.'s budget Our view: Cost containment, tax increases put the state on the verge of long-term balance, but the pain isn't over yet, and substantial risks loom
Maryland's Obama care gamble pays off; Our view: Md. lawmakers' early decision to back a state health insurance exchange has paid off now that the Affordable Care Act is no longer at risk
Survey finds Howard County voters favor health care reform act
Last week, at the invitation of Vinnie DeMarco, head of Maryland Health Care for All, I attended and spoke at a press conference releasing this survey. The Horizon Foundation here in Howard County had conducted the survey for Health Care for All. It is clear that we need a significant amount of plain and simple education in order to dispel fears that have arisen in response to tactics to dissuade support for the president's health package. Vinnie along with others will be organizing efforts throughout the state to help people understand their options and sign up to participate in the plan thereby significantly improving their access to good health care.
After 30 years, Rouse's Enterprise is adapting to financial challenge; Affordable housing nonprofit is working to set the agenda for other community development groups
Maryland strikes a note for tolerance
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