The big news this past week is all about politics. Senator Barbara Mikulski has decided not to seek reelection after five terms in the Senate. The news that several of Maryland's Members of Congress may run for the seat has many of my colleagues—and a long list of others from outside the legislature—considering Congressional campaigns. Interestingly, state legislators are not on the ballot in 2016 and do not need to give up their current seats to run (but would have to resign if they win). I am excited to be supporting Chris Van Hollen for the U.S. Senate. Congressman Van Hollen has political savvy, policy smarts, and has also stayed connected to the district he serves. I think those are skills we need in the U.S. Senate.
Although not necessarily on the front page, the House of Delegate has passed numerous bills over the past few weeks. A number of them make technical changes to arcane or obscure areas of the law. But here are a few of the more interesting bills you may not have heard about:
Last week's email discussed my legislative scholarships program. Another higher education funding option you should be aware of is the College Savings Plans of Maryland. This is a state program set up in the late 1990s that currently provides two options for higher education saving:
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