Like most of you, I have spent much of the last few days sheltered inside, shoveling snow, and trying to eat all the food we purchased before the storm. I hope you and your family stayed safe and warm during the storm and that you have withstood any unfortunate plowing delays. It seems like a long time ago now, but before the blizzard a smaller storm caused great disruption to the evening commute because of a lack of preparation. Like many, I was stuck in dangerous traffic for hours. I have reached out to the State Highway Administration regarding the event in the hopes that the agency can perform better in the future. You can read my letter here.
One of my long-term goals is to improve oversight of our Metro system. The Metro system is not directly controlled by state government, but the state does provide approximately $450 million a year in capital and operating funds. The Governor also appoints members to the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority ("WMATA") board. As a daily rider (when the legislature is not in session), I know first hand the challenges the system faces across a range of issues.
The 436th Session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes today. I am excited to start my second year as your Delegate. I have learned that there really is no "down time" as a Delegate, but certainly these next 90 days will be an intensive sprint in Annapolis.
I will be called upon to consider and vote on numerous legislative issues during the session, many of which you have probably recently read about in the news. But below are some of the major issues in my Annapolis agenda for the year. Each of these issues will be the subject of future emails.
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