The activist energy that has emerged in the wake of Donald Trump's election has been inspiring: the Women's March; the airport demonstrations after the travel ban was announced; the proliferation of new, grassroots organizations; and the record number of candidates running for office all demonstrated the profound displeasure many have with Trump and much more about our current politics. But this past weekend's March For Our Lives was perhaps the most inspiring because it was largely driven by a younger generation. They were not responding just to Donald Trump of course, but to the complete lack of action on sensible gun legislation at the national level despite Columbine, Virginia Tech, Gabby Giffords, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Great Mills, and so many more tragedies.
The 69th day of the legislative session is the "cross-over" deadline, the date by which bills have to be passed from one chamber to the other to be guaranteed a hearing in the other chamber. This year's cross-over day is March 19th and the work will gear up considerably between now and then. As I write this, four of my pieces of legislation have already passed the House and two more are on the House floor.
A lot of the work done in Annapolis is at the committee level. Over the past few days, several of my priorities have advanced through committee and are on the House floor this week. The Maryland Metro/Transit Funding Act passed out of both the Appropriations Committee and Environment and Transportation Committee on a bipartisan basis at the end of last week. The Governor has also expressed support for the legislation. The Maryland Pension Climate Change Risk Act also passed out of the Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan basis. Of course, both bills have a long way to go but bipartisan votes out of Committee are a major step forward.