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As discussed above, Monday was the crossover deadline. I am pleased that five of my bills made the deadline and a sixth will likely head to the Senate soon. Here is an update:
Many other significant bills I was not the primary sponsor of have also passed the House. I was pleased to work on some of these bills directly and, in other cases, simply support them on the House floor. Here is a sampling:
The above is just a sampling of the legislation that has recently passed the House. If you have questions about a particular bill or issue, email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One other bill that passed the House I would like to separately highlight is the Build to Learn Act. The Build to Learn Act would use state revenues obtained from casinos to service 30 year bonds, the proceeds of which would be used for school construction. Under the legislation, Montgomery County would be able to tap into an additional $400 million of school construction funding over a few years, money that can be used to address maintenance and capacity issues at Montgomery County Public Schools.
As I discussed last week, one component of the annual state budget process is the capital budget, which encompasses the state's investment in the construction and maintenance of schools, hospitals, parks, and more. The House will soon pass the capital budget which includes $500 million for school construction statewide; funding for local projects in District 16 such as assistance for the YMCA Bethesda Chevy Chase, KID Museum, and Imagination Stage; and much more.
State Treasurer Nancy Kopp recently announced that the three major ratings agencies have maintained Maryland's AAA bond rating. You can read the bond rating agencies reports on the Treasurer's website.
On March 18, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) certified the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission as the State Safety Oversight Program for Metro. Since 2015, the FTA has directly overseen Metrorail safety and with the March 18th announcement, that oversight is shifted to the multi-jurisdictional Commission. Moreover, funding the FTA was withholding from Maryland has now been made available. I spent a significant amount of time with our partners in the executive branch and the other jurisdictions helping to stand up the new Commission.
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