Monthly Update: Post Session Activities
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The Maryland Department of Legislative Services publishes an excellent summary of the work done during the legislative session, the 90 Day Report. The entire report, available here, is long but you can flip to the issues you are most interested in to focus on those.
I have always believed--and stated publicly many times--that there is more to being a legislator than your individual bills. That is especially true for those of us on the Appropriations Committee, where we deal with one large issue for most of the session. The legislature is, like many things, a team sport. My vote for Paid Sick Leave, advocacy for extra school construction dollars in the budget, inclusion of budget language to improve our state's economic development efforts related to the Maryland Stadium Authority, or efforts against undoing bail reform do not show up on a list of "Korman bills."
But I know individual bills is one of the metrics our constituents use to evaluate us, so the image attached to this blog is a status report on my session bills. This excludes bond bills (which were both ultimately included in the capital budget).
One important note is that the goal of two of my bills was achieved through the administrative process. Again, they won't show up on a list of "Korman bills" signed into law, but the end result is the same. Those policy changes will be put into effect.
You can learn more about these bills by searching their bill numbers by clicking here.
The Governor has until May 30 to sign, veto, or allow bills to become law without his signature. You can monitor the Governor's decisions on bills here.
The District 16 Team has been working with local and federal officials on the severe airplane noise heard by constituents under new flight paths. Our skies and airplanes are federally regulated, but we have been trying to brainstorm ways to help from the state level. The Maryland Aviation Administration has communicated the concern to the Maryland members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees National and Dulles Airports. We have thanked the Governor for this but also asked him to raise the issue with our regional and federal partners during his conversations with them.
The Motor Vehicle Administration regularly provides mobile services at the Friendship Heights Village Center. To learn what services you can do at that location and see the schedule of visits, click here.
Several Metro reform proposals have been released over the past few weeks. One proposal is from the General Manager that calls for dedicated funding of $500 million a year, service reductions, and significant labor changes. It does not require Metro compact changes. You can read about it here.
Another proposal was from DC business group Federal City, which also seeks dedicated funding and reforms to the Metro board (through Compact changes), using a control board as a bridge from here to there. You can review it on their website.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) released its own proposal which also seeks dedicated funding, along with creative solutions to the management-labor relationship and how federal funds are used. Click here to view their proposal can be seen here.
Finally, the Council of Governments has released a technical panel report on a regional sales tax with dedicated funding for Metro.
None of these proposals should be accepted in full and their various provisions have different levels of viability and merit. But it is great news that serious reform discussions are heating up with proposals such as these and I know more will be added to the mix in the months ahead.
Congratulations to all and thank you for serving our community.
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