More Bills and the Governor's Agenda
Thursday is the bill introduction deadline in the House of Delegates. Any bill introduced aftertomorrow at 5pm is not guaranteed a hearing. I am in the process of introducing two more pieces of legislation before the deadline:
1. Sidewalk Closure Bill: Anyone who has walked around downtown Bethesda or other areas with construction knows that sidewalk closures are commonplace. Many of our local roads are actually state roads. My proposed legislation would require that the State Highway Administration provide more notice of sidewalk closures when they issue a permit allowing their closure, including letting local businesses and residents know about a closure in advance, posting the expected duration of the closure, and posting contact information of the permittee. Bethesda Now recently wrote about this legislation.
The legislation is co-sponsored by my fellow District 16 Delegates Bill Frick and Ariana Kelly and is companion legislation to initiatives of Councilmember Roger Berliner. The bill is HB 545 and can be followed here. It will be heard by the Environment and Transportation Committee onMarch 5th.
2. StEP Act: The Stored Energy and Power Act ("StEP Act") would jumpstart the stored power industry in our state. Through new technology, we can actually store electricity. For example, if a wind farm is producing power at night when consumers do not need it, the power can be stored for use during the day. My proposed legislation would change the state's existing definition of stored power to include power stored from renewable sources like wind and solar, establish a demonstration project in the state to see if stored power is compatible with our energy grid, and require a detailed study for further action.
At last week's State of the State address, Governor Hogan set out his legislative agenda for the state. Frankly, much of what Governor Hogan said was campaign rhetoric and did not represent serious proposals for governing. But here are the initiatives that could be discerned:
District 16 Notes
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