The Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis is in the midst of its annual Fall and Winter pre-legislative session activities. Over the past few weeks, we held our annual meeting with the Montgomery County Public Schools and School Board and the public priorities hearing where members of the public testified as to their priorities. Next week we will have a hearing on the "local bills"--those that require state action but only affect Montgomery County. A list of such bills is available here.
You can also sign-up to testify about any of the bills here.
Of course, feel free to contact me about any legislation.
You can always keep up with all my activities by following me at @mkorman onTwitter or clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook.
I recently participated in a hearing of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations on the innovation economy and Maryland. We heard many great presentations from the Department of Commerce, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) about the great work Maryland is already doing with incubators, tech transfer, and so on. I asked what recommendations they had for Maryland to improve and, surprisingly, the non-public sector witness suggested adding an additional zero to the budget of TEDCO. You can watch the hearing here if you are interested.
For the past several months, the Governor's redistricting commission has been meeting to discuss redistricting reform in Maryland. Their report is available here. The recommendations include applying the criteria that apply to state legislative lines to Congressional lines (congruence, contiguity, and compactness) and an independent commission to set the lines. It is likely that legislation to enact these changes will be introduced during the next legislative session.
I spent most of the summer participating in the Montgomery County Transit Task Force, which was studying how to fund and manage a new rapid transit system for the County. Along with State Senator Brian Feldman, I submitted a concurring statement to the report that outlines some of my views on the issue. The Task Force Report and the Feldman/Korman statement can be read here.
The General Assembly's Spending Affordability Committee recently received its latest briefing on budget trends in the state. The report is available here.
The best news from the Administration over the past month is that Governor Hogan is now cancer free. Congratulations to Governor Hogan and his family on a clean bill of health.
A few weeks ago, the District 16 Delegation joined with Councilman Roger Berliner for a "Day of Action" to address traffic, pedestrian, and biker safety on our state roads. Following that morning with our neighbors, we sent a joint letter to the Transportation Secretary with tangible reforms. The letter can be viewed here.
District 16 Notes
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