Presentment and Vaccinations
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The state of Maryland is now in Phase 2B of vaccine eligibility. Eligibility will continue to expand over the next few weeks until April 27, when all Marylanders age 16 and older will be eligible.
Montgomery County's newest vaccination site opens today at the Montgomery College Germantown campus. The site will ramp up over the next few days and by April 15th should be administering 3,000 doses per day.
I continue to offer a few practical tips to obtain vaccines for those eligible:
I serve on the Capital Budget Subcommittee in the House. We passed the state's construction budget last week and the Senate is taking it up this week. The capital budget funds the construction of K-12 schools; buildings at our institutions of higher education; public safety facilities; hospitals; and more. Among the highlights:
Several of my bills that passed the House of Delegates are now proceeding in the State Senate. The Office of People's Counsel Environmental Reform Act has passed the Senate. The Board of Public Works Budget Reduction Clarification Act and legislation to increase funding for certain special needs teachers should both be on the Senate floor later this week.
A significant amount of the constituent email received over the past week was about three bills.
The first bill is the Value My Vote Act, legislation from my colleague Delegate Wilkins that ensures that those who are incarcerated but are legally entitled to vote are able to do so. It passed the House after a rigorous debate on March 22nd.
The second bill is Delegate Charkoudian's legislation that requires the Public Service Commission to consider the state's climate and labor goals and policies as part of its decision-marking. I consider the bill complementary to my legislation reforming the Office of People's Counsel. Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation have passed their respective chambers.
The third bill is HB 1322, a bill authored by Delegate Washington to protect teachers who choose not to return to in person teaching during the current school year from discipline or retaliation. The legislation has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.
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