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Senator Lee, Delegate Kelly, and I will have two post-session town halls.
On Monday, April 30 at 7pm, a town hall will be held at Potomac Elementary School (10311 River Road).
On Tuesday, May 1st at 7pm, a town hall will be held at Bethesda Elementary School (7600 Arlington Road in Bethesda).
The final days of the legislative session always involve long floor sessions as we finalize numerous bills across a broad array of issues. Conference Committees are regularly meeting as House and Senate bill differences are negotiated. And Committees conduct last minute bill hearings and consider whether to concur with amendments made in the other chamber. We always work right up until midnight on the last day of the session,April 9th. If you want to listen to the House proceedings live, click here.
According to the Maryland Constitution, bills presented to the Governor while the General Assembly is in session become law without his signature if not vetoed within six days. I have two pieces of legislation currently sitting on the Governor's desk awaiting action by him. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Extension Act (HB 230) would prohibit Maryland from withdrawing from the regional cap and trade program for power plants without the legislatures consent. HB 1017 would ensure that our state employees' union has access to new state employees and their contact information, as the union is required to represent everyone in the bargaining unit whether or not they are members of the union. Other legislation pending with the Governor and subject to potential veto include a change to the state's school construction process, legislation maintaining our state's involvement in the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bill to de-link Maryland's estate tax exemption from the federal exemption, and the Secure and Accessible Registration Act to provide for automatic voter registration.
There have been a number of news stories about the status of Metro funding and reform legislation that I have sponsored. You can read some of the recent stories by clicking on the links here, here, and here. The Senate amended the House version of the legislation to increase the amount of funding provided and to adopt some other reforms. It is expected that the House will concur in the Senate amendments, perhaps by the time you read this update.
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