I had a great thrill last week participating on a WAMU show I have been listening to for years, the Kojo Nnmadi show. The show was about the Governor's proposed highway expansion. You can listen to it here.
Last week was the deadline to introduce bills and be guaranteed a hearing. Yes, unlike Capitol Hill, every bill introduced by a certain date gets its own hearing in the state legislature. Here is my messy board where we keep track of the eleven bills I have introduced.
Over 1200 bills were introduced in the House and almost 900 in the Senate. You can browse the House bills here and the Senate bills here.
One of my first items of business when I arrived in Annapolis four years ago was co-founding the WMATA-Metro Work Group to increase oversight of--and support for--the Metro system. We have had some success over the past few years, but there is still a long way to go. I am pleased that our four years of work are now feeding into a larger effort, the new Public Transit Caucus. The Caucus will continue to shine a light on WMATA, while also focusing on other transit issues around the state. Delegates Brooke Lierman and David Fraser Hidalgo, as well as Senators Malcolm Augustine and Pam Beidle, are leading this new effort along with the former Work Group co-chair, Erek Barron.