I took June off from the monthly newsletter because I know you were being inundated with political emails...and not only from me. Thank you for re-nominating me and the rest of the District 16 Team—Delegate Ariana Kelly and Senator Susan Lee—for another term. I look forward to supporting all the Democratic nominees this fall. It was rewarding to hear from many of you during the campaign that you read and appreciated these regular email updates. If you ever have a question or concern, click reply and it comes directly to me.
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If you or someone you know lives in District 16 and is pursuing a higher education, don't forget the student can apply for a legislative scholarship. Every year, each Senator and Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly receives legislative scholarship funds through the Maryland Higher Education Commission to award to their constituents.
Visit http://www.marckorman.com/scholarship for more information.
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS) assists each legislative district with a report to their constituents after each legislative session. The format and content is mostly set by the non-partisan DLS and it is a little dense, but it can also provide some useful information about the work of the legislature. You can read the District 16 Annapolis Report here.
The Greater Washington Partnership recently released a report on integrated mobility in the region. Unfortunately, Metro and the Maryland Transit Administration are moving further apart. I recently sent a letter with Senator Nancy King to the Maryland Transit Administration regarding how MARC train riders can use Metro when there are delays and using the Metro SmarTrip card on the Baltimore transit modes. You can read the letter here.
I serve on the Appropriations Committee, which I enjoy because it gives members a chance to involve themselves in any issue that costs money--which is all the issues. The Joint Chairmen's Report that is adopted with the budget each year requires every agency and department within the government to provide information to the General Assembly, which is an excellent oversight tool. You can read the most recent Joint Chairmen's Report here.
The Governor's proposed Public Private Partnership (P3) to add lanes to I-495 and I-270 has raised significant questions including how the contracting and subcontracting is expected to work, whether true alternatives would be studied, and how harm to adjoining neighborhoods would be addressed. The District 16 Team sent a letter to the State Highway Administration requesting information on some of these questions last month. Earlier this year, the Administration withdrew a proposed waiver to avoid procurement rules and award a general consultant services contract to the former employer of the Maryland Transportation Secretary. Under pressure, the waiver was rescinded and the Administration recently issued a new solicitation for the consultant contract through the normal, competitive procurement process.
The Governor has finished taking action on bills from the 2018 legislative session. Most of the legislation the Governor vetoed was duplicative of bills he signed or that became law without his signature, but he did veto several bills on policy grounds including legislation on envrionmental reviews of certain transportation projects, changing the make-up of the state Board of Education, and altering the ability of certain individuals to challenge their convictions through an extraordinary writ called coram nobis. You can see the complete list here.
A significant issue for part of District 16 close to the Potomac River has been heightened airplane noise. Last year, the District 16 Team wrote the Attorney General () and the Governor requesting action. Recently, the Attorney General filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration over the flight path changes that caused the noise increase without a proper process.
I have received numerous emails and messages regarding the status of children forcibly separated from their parents by immigration authorities and whether Maryland has had any involvement. Latino and Latina elected officials in Maryland received some information from the Hogan Administration on this issue. Specifically, 10 minors separated from their families have been brought to Maryland. You can read more of the Hogan Administration's response here.
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