I had a some opportunities over the past few weeks to discuss some of my priorities. I joined Delegate Brooke Lierman and Transportation for America's Beth Osborne to discuss transit in Maryland on the MD Dems Podcast. I also sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the Electric Bus Transition Act legislation I am sponsoring that was subject to a hearing yesterday.
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Last week, the Maryland House of Delegates passed the Built to Learn Act (HB 1) on an overwhelming bipartisan basis. The legislation will allow Maryland to use revenue from the gaming industry to invest in school construction above and beyond the existing contribution. This includes a $400 million investment in Montgomery County during the next decade.
Every bill submitted in a timely matter in the Maryland General Assembly receives a non-partisan Fiscal and Policy Note (usually referred to as a Fiscal Note). The Fiscal Notes are usually released just before legislative hearings and can be found on the General Assembly's page for each bill. For example, the Fiscal Note for the Maryland State Transparency Act legislation I submitted with Senator Kagan--a bill that requires many of our state boards to video stream their meetings--has a fiscal note you can review here. I have previously shared information about the Blueprint for Maryland's Future education reform legislation, the fiscal note for which can be reviewed online.
ABC 7 recently ran a story on the Pedestrian Access Act, my legislation to require the State Highway Administration to establish rules for pedestrian access around construction sites.
Each year, the Governor submits his so-called "Green Bag Appointments" nominating Marylanders for state boards and commissions. You can see the complete list here. I was pleased to see two District 16 residents among the nominees. Issa Khozeimeh has been nominated for the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals. Vishal Amin has been nominated for another term on the Maryland Aviation Commission.
In late 2019, the Maryland State Highway Administration released the Context Driven - Access and Mobility for all Users Guide, which recognizes that not all state roads are the same and treatment depends on the context in which that road operates. As previously shared, I sent a letter to the State Highway Administration with some feedback on the draft. The Agency recently wrote back to inform me that a complete response to my letter would be forthcoming, but that the map of different zones would be published online before the end of the month.
A young athlete in Bethesda, Maryland, has a form of cancer. He is fighting it with all his strength. He needs help, and you may be able to give it. Ben Lesser—the athlete—has many friends who are registering with Be the Match as potential bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donors (PBSC). But he needs more people to register. It’s simple to do.
Ben’s medical team can see if you may be a match for him. Your registration may also help others; any medical team can check the registry for a match. Be the Match may then contact you for further screening for a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) match for someone in need. This could be anyone.
People with a background similar to Ben's ethnic background, which is part Filipino and part European, and aged 18-44 are thought to be especially good matches. You must be 18 or older to register.
- The Bethesda Urban Partnership's Play In A Day event will be on Saturday, February 22 at 8pm at Imagination Stage. More information is here: https://www.bethesda.org/arts/Play-In-A-Day/play-in-a-day.htm
- The Walter Johnson High School Used Book Sale will be on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1st, starting at 9am both days.
- The BCC High School Used Book Sale will take place on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th starting at 10am both days. More information is here: https://www.bccptsa.net/used-book-sale
- The Bethesda Urban Partnership Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards will take place on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. More information is available here: https://www.bethesda.org/arts-and-entertainment/bernard-ebb-songwriting-awards
If you know of a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences or an upcoming event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.