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Legislative Community Meeting
February 23, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kahler Hall
, Harper's Choice Village Center
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia 21044

I will be holding my annual Legislative Community Meeting on February 23 from 7:30 to 9 at Kahler Hall in the Village of Harper’s Choice.

We will discuss issues that are currently before the Maryland General Assembly.  More information will be available on the major issues by that time.  As many of you know, we get a good turnout at this meeting each year and have a good discussion on a wide range of issues.
I hope you will join us this year.

My office in Annapolis has received a request to provide a signer for the hearing impaired at this year’s meeting.  If you know of anyone who would be willing to do this, please contact Ann Goldscher at elizabeth.bobo@house.state.md.us  or by phoning 410-841-3205.

Other questions:  Contact Ann Goldscher, Legislative Aide at 1-800-492-7122 Ex. 3205

 

 

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February 16, 2012

I am sitting on the floor of the House of Delegates.  The Speaker has just announced that the schedule for today’s legislative session is being changed.  The full House of Delegates will reconvene at 5:30 pm this evening to debate the Marriage Equality Bill.  As you may know, the vote count on this very important piece of legislation is very close.  We will most likely go well into the night, and every single vote will count.

So, despite this very late notice, I am rescheduling my annual Legislative Town Meeting for next Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 pm.

 I want to express my appreciation to the staff at Kahler Hall for accommodating us on such short notice.

 I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and I feel sure that you understand.

I hope to see many of you a week from this evening, Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 pm at Kahler Hall in Harper’s Choice.  We will have our usual good discussion of the issues before us during this session.

It is a privilege to be representing you here in  Annapolis.

February 10, 2012

Most of this week has been devoted to bill hearings in legislative committees.  To date, with the exception of a legislative procedural rule amendment, we have had no votes on the floor of the full House of Delegates. Yesterday, we had our first voting session in the Environmental Matters Committee and other committees did the same. The bills that were given a favorable vote in committee will be on the floor of the House next week.  Then the pace will pick up here in Annapolis throughout the rest of the session until sine die on April 9, 2012.

With Zach in my heart and on my mind, the pressure of the pace down here in Annapolis actually has less impact on me than in years past. Important as our legislative work is, with Zach living his life to the fullest and with great joy at a time when he has brain cancer, the pressure here in the legislature pales to insignificance.

News articles related to major issues in this legislative session

A Budget that Promotes Economic Health (I certainly don’t agree with the governor’s entire budget.  I do believe that it will not be possible to balance this budget in an economically just way without courage and some sacrifice.)
www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-omalley-budget-20120202,0,1116477.story

Truth about Corporate Tax   (Tom Schaller is a friend who teaches at UMBC and is a scholar of public policy with a passion for social justice.)
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-schaller-20120207,0,66752.column

The Courts Catastrophe (Have you recently seen any TV coverage or read a newspaper - electronic included - without some coverage of the disastrous effect of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision?)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-citizens-united-catastrophe/2012/02/05/gIQATOEfsQ_print.html

Wind Energy Contrasting Articles (One of the top priorities of environmental groups in this legislative session is HB 441 Maryland offshore Wind Energy Act 2012 introduced by the governor.  On balance, because it is so important for us to make headway with alternative energy to oil, I signed on as a co-sponsor.  These contrasting op eds show that it is very important that we come up with a system for delivering this energy in a way that does not put any undue financial burden on consumers to the benefit of the industry.  This theme of economic justice shows up repeatedly in so many issues before us.  While we work our way through the damage done by the mortgage foreclosure crisis, which didn’t happen by accident, but rather through lax regulation, we simply must not create a new example of economic injustice.)

State needs wind energy to reach its goals
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-wind-power-20120209,0,5732777.story

Wind energy is clean, but wind energy systems are not
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-clean-energy-20120209,0,5869528.story

Mortgage Settlement: A good deal for Maryland (This lead editorial in today's Baltimore Sun, describes the multi-state mortgage foreclosure settlement with five national big banks as "a great deal of help for the state's struggling homeowners, with little downside."  Again on balance, I am glad that Maryland's Attorney General, Doug Gansler, signed onto this agreement over the industry's faulty foreclosure procedures.)
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-mortgage-settlement-20120209,0,1185467.story

Mortgage Settlement has Shortcomings, Critics Say (More than ten years ago, I was a founder of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition whose director calls this "the beginning, not the end, for banks to step  up to the plate and take real responsibility for their role in the housing crisis." I agree strongly.)
http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-mortgage-deal-reax-20120209,0,6474348.story

Environmental Matters Committee  

On Wednesday, the Environmental Matters Committee received an update on the State’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan. A major element of this plan is the Maryland Clean Cars Program.  Attached is an outline of this program which was given to the committee.  It is very gratifying to me to see the growing positive impact of the 2007 Maryland Clean Cars Act of which I was the prime sponsor.
The committee also heard testimony on House Bill 167 Agriculture-Commercial Feed-Arsenic Prohibition of which I am a co-sponsor.  The attached testimony of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in support of this bill presents clearly the benefits of this legislation.

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