A Week and a Half to Go
Last Thursday my committee meeting ended relatively early, so I walked the few blocks from the statehouse to the State Board of Elections and filed for reelection. I look forward to a spirited campaign, but the primary is not until June 26, 2018 and the general election is on November 6, 2018. I still have a lot of time this term to advance the interests of District 16.
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As the end of the session approaches, my attention is divided between moving my own legislation and working on some of the broader issues still pending before the legislature.
Legislation that has "crossed over" to the Senate side and already passed that chamber usually has an abbreviated hearing. The Maryland Manual Modernization Act; Leap Day, Leave Day; and The Metrorail Safety Commission Membership Act all fall into that category. On the other hand, bills that have not yet passed the Senate such as the State Board of Elections Transparency Act and the Energy Storage Study Act will receive much more attention during the Senate process.
Finally, there are many significant issues still awaiting legislative action such as earned sick leave, fracking policy, redistricting reform, gun free college campuses and much more. There is a lot of work left to do in the next week and a half.
My colleague Carol Krimm had an excellent bill last year that required the state Department of Budget and Management to post a document showing every state special fund and its balance. You can review the document here and get a glimpse at the complex budgeting of the state.
Many of us in District 16 regularly use the Bethesda Metro station (I commute on it daily the nine months a year we are not in Annapolis). After years of work, I was pleased to join Metro's General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner, and Bethesda Metro Station Improvement Task Force Chair Jane Fairweather in "cutting the ribbon" on the final replacement escalator. This is good news, but in my comments at the event I noted that Metro has a long way to go.
Virginia's Governor recently announced that he has appointed former Member of Congress and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to lead a panel on Metro reform. I welcome this action, although it could have been better coordinated with Maryland and DC. Secretary LaHood and I have already scheduled a meeting to discuss Metro issues.
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