The 2017 General Assembly session concluded one month ago. I have had the opportunity since the session ended to speak with many groups around the County and State about our work in Annapolis including at our District 16 town hall in Bethesda, the Montgomery County League of Women Voters, Action Committee for Transit, and the University of Maryland Energy Research Center Sustainability Workshop. There are many more of these speaking engagements in the weeks ahead and I always appreciate the opportunity to reflect on the 90 day session and share what was accomplished.
If you support the work I have been doing, please consider attending my reelection kick-off fundraiser or making a donation. The event is on June 6th and 7pm at Tia Queta in downtown Bethesda (4839 Del Ray Avenue). Get more information or contribute by clicking here.
You can always keep up with what I am doing by following me at @mkorman on Twitter, clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook, or visiting www.marckorman.com.
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services publishes an excellent summary of the work done during the legislative session, the 90 Day Report. The entire report, available here, is long but you can flip to the issues you are most interested in to focus on those.
I have always believed--and stated publicly many times--that there is more to being a legislator than your individual bills. That is especially true for those of us on the Appropriations Committee, where we deal with one large issue for most of the session. The legislature is, like many things, a team sport. My vote for Paid Sick Leave, advocacy for extra school construction dollars in the budget, inclusion of budget language to improve our state's economic development efforts related to the Maryland Stadium Authority, or efforts against undoing bail reform do not show up on a list of "Korman bills."
But I know individual bills is one of the metrics our constituents use to evaluate us, so the image attached to this blog is a status report on my session bills. This excludes bond bills (which were both ultimately included in the capital budget).
One important note is that the goal of two of my bills was achieved through the administrative process. Again, they won't show up on a list of "Korman bills" signed into law, but the end result is the same. Those policy changes will be put into effect.
You can learn more about these bills by searching their bill numbers by clicking here.
The Governor has until May 30 to sign, veto, or allow bills to become law without his signature. You can monitor the Governor's decisions on bills here.
The District 16 Team has been working with local and federal officials on the severe airplane noise heard by constituents under new flight paths. Our skies and airplanes are federally regulated, but we have been trying to brainstorm ways to help from the state level. The Maryland Aviation Administration has communicated the concern to the Maryland members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees National and Dulles Airports. We have thanked the Governor for this but also asked him to raise the issue with our regional and federal partners during his conversations with them.
The Motor Vehicle Administration regularly provides mobile services at the Friendship Heights Village Center. To learn what services you can do at that location and see the schedule of visits, click here.
Several Metro reform proposals have been released over the past few weeks. One proposal is from the General Manager that calls for dedicated funding of $500 million a year, service reductions, and significant labor changes. It does not require Metro compact changes. You can read about it here.
Another proposal was from DC business group Federal City, which also seeks dedicated funding and reforms to the Metro board (through Compact changes), using a control board as a bridge from here to there. You can review it on their website.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) released its own proposal which also seeks dedicated funding, along with creative solutions to the management-labor relationship and how federal funds are used. Click here to view their proposal can be seen here.
Finally, the Council of Governments has released a technical panel report on a regional sales tax with dedicated funding for Metro.
None of these proposals should be accepted in full and their various provisions have different levels of viability and merit. But it is great news that serious reform discussions are heating up with proposals such as these and I know more will be added to the mix in the months ahead.
- Congratulations to Melanie Rose White, John Mertens, Michael Dorsey, Paula Durbin, Kathleen Cooper, and David Lewis on their reelection to the Friendship Heights Village Council. And congratulations to Carolina Zumaran-Jones on her election to the Council. Thank you to outgoing councilwoman and former mayor, Clara Lovett, for her service.
- Bart Rubenstein of Somerset had a sculpture installed in Georgetown along the Potomac River: Mother Earth
- Many District 16 residents have recently been appointed or reappointed to County Boards and Commissions:
- Marietta Ethier, Commission on Common Ownership Communities
- Susan Koonin, Commission on Common Ownership Communities
- Eliza Voigt, Historic Preservation Commission
- Angela Ashe, Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee
- Katya Marin, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
- Anirudh Sarna, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
Congratulations to all and thank you for serving our community.
- Congratulations to Mindy Kursban of downtown Bethesda and her family on being this year's Jewish Council on Aging Humanitarian Awardees.
- District 16 residents Jillian and Scott Copeland are involved with an exciting and innovative project in downtown Rockville to build a new affordable place for adults with disabilities. Read more about the effort here.
- Congratulations to Maryland Treasurer (and former District 16 Delegate) Nancy Kopp on winning the Montgomery County Democratic Party Trustees Award.
- Maryland NOW presented District 16 healthcare activist Leni Preston with their Community Leadership Award - "in recognition and appreciation of her work on affordable healthcare for women." Congratulations Leni and thanks for your tireless work.
If you know of a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm, there will be a special showing of the new documentary "What the Health?" at the Landmark Bethesda Row Theater. The screening will be followed by a Q&A. Since this is a special screening, you must go to the following Tugg Event Page to reserve your tickets: https://www.tugg.com/events/what-the-health-nwkh. Here is the Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/events/419683638415817/
- The Montgomery County Democratic Party Spring Ball is on Saturday, May 13 at the North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center at 5:30pm. Visit www.mcdcc.org for more information. The night's honorees include District 16 resident and State Treasurer, Nancy Kopp.
- From May 17 to June 20, the right northbound lane on 355 will be intermittently closed between Western and Willard. The sidewalk will also be closed. For more information contact Francisco Reyers at FReyes@cranerental.net.
- Come and enjoy “Mozart Coronation Mass Plus a Spring Choral Sampler”, presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Chorus in association with the East Avenue Ensemble of Chevy Chase. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to the Coronation Mass, this one-time only performance will feature Gawthrop’s Sing Me to Heaven, Dickau’s Stars I Shall Find, Erb’s Shenandoah, Randall Thompson’s Best of Rooms, an original composition, An Evening Blessing, by the chorus conductor W. Robert Johnson, and more. Free parking, no tickets; donations accepted at the door to benefit the NIH charities. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.nihco.org or call 240-277-3480.
- The Gaithersburg Book Festival is coming up on Saturday, May 20th. Fun fact: This year I am introducing one of the authors, Sharon Weinberger who wrote The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World. Come hear about it on May 20th. The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual celebration of great books and great writing that has made its mark as one of the nation’s top literary events. On Saturday, May 20, 2017, more than 100 featured best-selling and award-winning authors—including Laura Lippman, David Swinson, J. Courtney Sullivan, Jami Attenberg, Dominic Smith, Sidney Blumenthal, Kay Redfield Jamison, Doreen Cronin, Tom Lichtenheld, Dave Roman, Sheila Turnage, Meg Medina, Michelle Knudsen, Carol Weston and more—will participate in panel discussions and book signings at the festival, taking place on the grounds of City Hall (31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877). Other activities include free, interactive writing workshops for all ages, a Children’s Village, literary exhibitors, food and drink, the Brew and Vine Cafe featuring live entertainment, and on-site book sales by Politics & Prose. Admission, parking and accessible shuttle buses from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall are FREE. For information, visit www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org or follow on Twitter @GburgBookFest.
- Save the date for the Coalition for Smarter Growth's walk in Downtown Bethesda on Saturday, June 3 at 10am.
- The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Democratic Breakfast Club will be meeting on Monday, June 5 at 7:30am at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda. The club will host a panelist of legislators to talk about the 2017 legislative session, including me!
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