I also spoke to the Parkview and Luxmanor Citizens Associations, as well as the Brickyard Coalition in Potomac, about issues affecting their communities. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs hosted several Jewish legislators--including me--at their Town Hall meeting in DC. Finally, I joined several new legislators at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
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When Governor Hogan came into office, he withdrew a pending proposal from the prior Administration regarding smog reduction. The alternative approach put forth by the Administration is weaker--partly because it does not require individual power plants to reduce pollution. I joined with my colleague from Baltimore, Delegate Brooke Lierman, in organizing colleagues to ask the Administration for further information about this new proposal. You can read the letter here.
I recently participated in a hearing on the standardized testing burden facing our students. Last year, the legislature established a commission to study this issue. The Maryland State Department of Education has issued a preliminary report for the Commission's review that we considered at the hearing. The preliminary report—called a matrix—describes each county's centralized testing requirement for students. You can view it here. The hearing can be viewed here.
The Governor has announced the reorganization of the prior Administration's StateStat office into a new Governor's Office of Performance Improvement. More information about the new office is available here.
A few weeks ago, the Maryland Board of Elections rejected the Montgomery County Board of Elections' recommendations as to early voting sites in the County. There was particular concern by the state Board with the substitution of the Lawton Center in Chevy Chase with the Potomac Community Center. The issue was returned to the County Board, which chose to reverse its decision and restore the Lawton Center, packaged with a request to the state that an additional early voting site be added to allow a site for Potomac. The State Board then ratified the County's decision. I will support legislation in Annapolis to add the additional site.
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