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Last week the Hogan Administration presented their Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The budget is made up of three main components: (1) The Operating Budget, how much we spend on programs; (2) The Capital Budget, how much we spend on construction; and (3) The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), which proposes changes to state law to help balance the budget (e.g., changes to legislated increases in aide for community colleges). On Monday, the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) presented its annual fiscal briefing on the budget. You can review the DLS report by clicking here. There will be further discussion of the budget in future newsletters. As Chair of an Appropriations Subcommittee, I will spend significant time on the issues in the budget.
I have introduced a few more bills. The Pedestrian Access Act of 2020 (HB 194) requires the State Highway Administration to establish rules to maintain pedestrian access when issuing work permits along state roads in transit-oriented areas. The purpose of the bill is to improve the situation in places like downtown Bethesda, where developers and the state government have been quick to close pedestrian walkways around construction. The Graduate Assistant Collective Bargaining Fairness Act (HB 214) is identical to legislation that passed the House last year that expands collective bargaining rights to graduate assistants at University System of Maryland institutions, as they already have at several private institutions in the state.
The Baltimore Sun editorial board has come out in support of the Access to Vaccines Act. As a reminder, this legislation would allow mature minors who are 16 or 17 years old to access vaccines if they so choose. You can read the write-up here.
For the first time, the Maryland General Assembly is live video streaming House floor sessions (sessions have been audio streamed for a number of years). In 2020, approximately 1/3 of sessions will be streamed as a form of pilot with the expectation of increased coverage in 2021. You can see the first day's proceedings here. To see other sessions, visit here and click on the day you are interested in. As a reminder, I instituted live video streaming of Montgomery County's weekly House Delegation meetings which can be watched on the Delegation's Facebook page.
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