It's hard to believe but the Montgomery County House and Senate Delegation is turning its attention to the 2021 legislative session. We have the annual presentation with the Maryland Department of Transportation; the Joint Priorities Hearing where County residents can tell us their priorities; and hearings on bills that only affect Montgomery County. All of these meetings will be virtual this year.
The 2020 General Election will be dramatic in a scope similar to the first election after 9/11 or the 1864 election during the Civil War. Because of COVID-19, as well as more familiar partisanship and conspiracy theories, it will be an unusual election. Details are still being finalized, but the current plan for the November election is that unlike the primary this year, you will not automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Furthermore, more polling places will be open on election day itself than during the primary, with county high schools serving as voting centers.
I was recently recommended the book Heavy Lifting: The Job of the American Legislature by Alan Rosenthal. The book is a deep dive into how state legislatures operate and includes Maryland as a case study. The book references a brochure the Ohio legislature circulates which explains that "as your employees, [legislators] seek your input on pending legislation and want to help you with personal matters involving state agencies," which is a succinct statement of why I am here. According to the book, in a survey of legislators in five states, the respondents overwhelmingly believed that "it
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I am an avid reader. I recently read Six Crises by Richard Nixon, a book he wrote between his unsucessful 1960 presidential campaign and unsuccessful campaign for California Governor in 1962. Nixon is certainly not my favorite president--although like many disappointing presidents he has risen in estimation in the past few years--but his book title overlaps with our state and country's current condition. In my view, we are concurrently facing six acute crises:
I hope you are staying safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the ongoing public health crisis, the legislative session was adjourned early for the first time since the Civil War. Despite the early adjournment, my office is working full-time to serve you during this pandemic. We have been responding to constituent questions regarding the various shutdown orders; helping individuals navigate the unemployment system; ensuring that school resources are delivered equitably for distance learning; and assisting with many of the usual constituent service questions regarding Mot
The 2020 legislative session—a session that has been unlike any other—has come to a close. As you may be aware, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to adjourn the legislature early for the first time since the Civil War.
Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly disrupted daily life in Maryland and around the world. In addition to the major public health issues, the economic implications of the necessary response to the pandemic are profound and severe.
There is a lot going on in the state legislature as we approach Monday's "crossover" deadline, the date by which legislation is supposed to pass from one chamber to the other. But the big news on the minds of many is about the coronavirus. We now have reported cases in Maryland and we all need to be calm and prepared. Be sure to monitor http://health.
A lot of the news about the legislative session you will read about from other sources are the marquee pieces of legislation such as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future; the Built to Learn Act; and the state budget. Every member of the legislature spends significant time on these bills, but we also each have our own legislative agenda we are moving forward. I am happy to report that several of my bills are working their way through the legislative process. Read more about it in the legislative update below.