Later today I will be sworn in for my second term as your State Delegate. Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you and District 16.
I will be called upon to consider and vote on numerous legislative issues during the session. Below are some of the major issues on my own Annapolis agenda for the year. Many of these proposed bills will be the subject of future emails.
As I have often explained, only a part of my job is working on bills that I author. Much of my work involves oversight efforts and assisting others with their legislative efforts. In particular, as a member of the Appropriations Committee much of my annual work involves participating in oversight hearings on individual state agencies and helping to craft a balanced state budget.
For the 2019 session I am taking on two other new roles that will occupy a significant amount of time: First, I will be chairing the Subcommittee on Personnel, which oversees state workforce issues; Second, I am chairing the Montgomery County House Delegation (the 24 members Montgomery County sends to Annapolis).
As of now, I am planning to introduce eleven pieces of legislation this session:
As always, you can keep up with what I am doing by following me at @mkorman on Twitter or by clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook.
Two podcasts recently hosted me to discuss the 2019 legislative session. A Miner Detail posted the podcast on December 24th and you can listen to it here. Montgomery County Media's Montgomery Talk Podcast hosted me a few days earlier, and you can find the podcast online.
Thousands of bills will be introduced during the legislative session, but thus far 38 bills have been "pre-filed" in the House of Delegates. You can read themhere.
In 2017, I authored legislation requiring our state to study policies and incentives related to energy storage. Energy storage devices are important technology that will allow our state to increase its use of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar. The state's Power Plant Research Program recently released the comprehensive report.
The Spending Affordability Committee passed guidelines for the 2019 legislative session budget discussions. Among the recommendations are general fund growth limited to 3.75%, an increase in the Rainy Day Fund from 5% to 6% of general funds, a capital budget of $1.085 billion, and a retained balance of $100 million. These guidelines will set the terms for the budget debate and can be reviewed here.
And speaking of the budget, the Board of Revenue Estimates (BRE) has released its last budget estimate of 2018 and the last one before we begin work on the budget. Revenue is still expected to rise year-over-year, but not by as much as expected when the September estimate was issued. In particular, less growth is expected in the individual income tax than was previously projected. You can see the data online.
Bethesda Beat's Adam Pagnucco named me one of Montgomery County's politicians of the year for 2018. I was honored to be recognized along with Senator Brian Feldman and my seatmate, Delegate Ariana Kelly. You can read the full column here and the blurb on us is below:
"Feldman and Korman were major leaders in the successful battle to pass dedicated funding for Metro, a huge priority for MoCo. Kelly was the lead sponsor in the House of Delegates of a landmark bill to crack down on sexual harassment in Annapolis. She took major risks to get it passed that would have deterred lots of other lawmakers. All three left legacies that will be appreciated well into the future."
Bethesda Magazine also recognized the successful effort to obtain dedicated funding for Metro as the "best news" from the state legislature in 2018.
Attorney General News
In 2017, the legislature authorized the Attorney General to defend our interests in court against unconstitutional or unlawful federal actions. These types of suits are not new, but we made it easier for Attorney General Frosh—and his eventual successors—to initiate or join them. With that power comes a required report regarding those actions which you can read here. It outlines what suits the Attorney General is a part of including those related to the environment, government corruption, and more.
As required by law, the Hogan Administration has released the pre-soclititation report for the massive proposed public private partnership to widen I-270 and I-495. Yes, it is moving forward on the toll lane plane before completing the analysis of alternatives the Administration is pretending to undertake. The report contains lots of details about the proposed project.
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