Town Hall and More - May 2023 Update
It has now been about one month since the 2023 legislative session came to a close. Join your District 16 legislators on Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm for our virtual town hall. You can register here.
And if you appreciate the work I am doing, don't forget you can join Comptroller Brooke Lierman and Speaker Adrienne Jones at an event in support of me on Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm. You can contribute here.
Governor Moore has been considering the legislation passed by the General Assembly during the month of May. You can see what bills he has signed by clicking here or if you have a question about a bill just hit reply and ask. I am pleased that the Governor has signed several bills I sponsored related to education, clean energy and the environment, transportation, and government transparency.
The most comprehensive summary of the legislative session is prepared by the Department of Legislative Services in the 90 Day Report. You can review that document here.
For the real wonks out there, the Joint Chairs Report (JCR) accompanies the state budget and summarizes all of the legislative actions on the budget. The JCR is one of our major executive branch oversight tools, as it contains various requested reports from the executive branch. These requested reports help provide the legislative branch information on executive branch operations and ensure the laws are being executed as intended.
Because of language in the state budget, the Maryland Transit Administration has to submit bimonthly reports to the General Assembly on Purple Line progress. You can read the May report here.
Many of you have written to me about the changes on Little Falls Parkway. Last year, Montgomery County Parks put in a pilot project to convert Little Falls between Dorset Avenue and Arlington Road to a two-lane configuration all on one side of the median. Last month, the Montgomery County Planning Commission voted to make this configuration permanent. The Montgomery County Council, however, voted to halt any funding for permanent changes until plans are submitted to the County Council.-----
Earlier this year, Montgomery County's Department of Transportation proposed a road diet pilot on Tuckerman Lane between Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue. After a public meeting and further consideration, the County has instead decided to make other improvements to try and make the bicycle and pedestrian crossings of Tuckerman Lane on that segment safer. These improvements include:
Raised Crosswalks/Speed Humps -
Tuckerman Lane at Bethesda Trolley Trail and Tuckerman Lane at Valerian Lane crossings
Additional Lighting and enhancements -
Tuckerman Lane at BTT
Tuckerman Lane at Valerian Lane
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is on Saturday, May 20th, 10am-6pm at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. Now I know what you are thinking, Gaithersburg is not in District 16. True enough, but if you come to the festival you can see me interview Gabriel Debenedetti, author of The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30am, the Bethesda Chevy Chase Democratic Breakfast Club will hear from Senator Brian Feldman. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a link to the breakfast.
On Sunday, June 11 at 3:00pm, the Friendship Heights Neighbors Network will hold an event featuring Councilmember Andrew Friedson, Delegate Sarah Wolek, and me. Learn more about the event here.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go on the Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU. You can hear the interview here.
Over the years I have worked with my colleagues to establish a grant program for non-profits focused on aging in place. I am excited to report that a local non-profit, Little Falls Village, was one of the grant program's first recipients. Funding is now available for next year and more information is available here.
Senator Ben Cardin recently announced that he will retire at the conclusion of his Senate term. Thank you to Senator Cardin for your lifetime of service to the State of Maryland.
Two of our District 16 municipalities recently held elections. In the Village of Friendship Heights, Mayor Melanie White, Councilmember Paula Durbin, and Councilmember Michael Mezey were all re-elected. And Cheryl Tyler, Bobby Pestronk, Mathoa Solt, and Roy Schaeffer were all elected for the first time. In the Town of Glen Echo, Councilmember Julia Wilson was re-elected and Dawn Tanner was elected for the first time. Congratulations one and all.
Some of our District 16 neighbors have been appointed to Montgomery County boards. Congratulations to:
Congratulations to Former White House staffer and District 16 resident Jeff Nussbaum on his new position with Bully Pulpit Interactive (https://www.axios.com/2023/04/19/jeff-nussbaum-bpi-biden).
We celebrate the birth of Hazel Rosenthal, granddaughter of long-serving District 16 precinct official Beth Rosenthal!
Several Friendship Heights residents recently received Community Service Awards:Joe Bucherer
Congratulations to District 16's Stephen Rockower on his appointment to the Prescription Drug Affordability Board and Stakeholder Council. And congratulations to former District 16 Delegate Bill Frick to the Montgomery County Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission.
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