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In addition to the headlines about the presidential race, I was pleased to see Maryland and Montgomery County voters support Statewide Question 1 (budget authority), Statewide Question 2 (sports gaming), County Question A (sensible property tax policy), and County Question C (expanding the County Council by two new district members). I believe these were great decisions by the voters. And congratulations to our local County Councilmember, Andrew Friedson, who shepherded Question A to passage. You can view the election results online here: https://elections.maryland.gov/county_status_page_root.html Hopefully, we will never have another election during a pandemic but there are certainly a lot of lessons we can carry forward to future elections, such as an early start to counting mail-in votes.
Montgomery County is decoupled from the statewide changes to what is open and what is not to deal with the public health crisis. You can track the current rules in Montgomery County here. The County's COVID-19 data dashboard can be viewed online as well. There is also a state dashboard online.
Many of you are trying to navigate the state's unemployment system, which was simply not equipped for the volume or complexity of the current caseload. The Department of Labor website is your entryway for unemployment benefits. If you are having trouble with unemployment and live in District 16, you can fill out our District 16 constituent service Google form for assistance here. The District 16 Team has been in regular contact with the Department of Labor to try and resolve individual cases.
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters named me as an "Environmental Champion" for the 2020 General Assembly session for my work on clean transportation.
During the 2019 legislative session, I worked with Delegate Pam Queen on legislation for a summer food supplement for needy children. The legislation created a state/county match program to feed more kids. The Maryland Department of Human Services recently announced that 3,621 students in four counties--including 1,968 Montgomery County students--are benefiting from the program so far.
During the campaign, I participated in a Maryland Clean Transportation Rally and spoke on a panel with Senator Cardin and Former Mayor Rawlings-Blake. You can view the event here.
The Montgomery County Delegation--our County's 32 legislators in Annapolis--recently held our Joint Priorities Hearing where members of the public can tell us what they want their legislators to focus on. You can view the event here.
Local legislation that will only effect Montgomery County has been introduced for the 2020 session and zoom hearings will be held in December. You can view those bills online.
In 2019, Senator Brian Feldman and I sponsored the Energy Storage Pilot Program Act to require our state utilities to pilot energy storage technology, which is important for our state to achieve its renewable energy goals. The Maryland Public Service Commission recently approved six of the pilots and you can read their decision here.
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