The Governor has now taken final action on legislation from the 2021 session. I am proud that five of the bills I was the primary author of are now law. These bills relate to government reform and transparency; environmental sustainability; and special needs teachers. Unfortunately, the Governor vetoed legislation I authored related to budget transparency but I will discuss the possibility of overriding the veto with my colleagues. Of course, there were many important bills this legislative session and you can see a complete list of bills the Governor recently vetoed here and a list of bills he recently allowed to become law here.
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For the past three years I have chaired the Montgomery County House Delegation. I was honored to be re-elected by my peers to that position a few weeks ago. Maryland Matters covered my re-election, along with Vice Chair Al Carr, Caucus Chair Lesley Lopez, and Caucus Vice Chair Julie Palakovich Carr.
Governor Hogan recently announced that he would end the state's participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program months before its conclusion. This change means that starting on July 3rd, unemployment assistance will no longer have a supplemental weekly $300 payment and gig workers and independent contractors will no longer qualify for unemployment. My own view is that there is no reason for the Governor to cut off these benefits early, but it is unclear if the legislature can override the action.
The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) extended expiration dates of driver's licenses during COVID-19. As we come out of COVID-19, the MVA has announced the following new deadlines:
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA), which oversees the state's toll roads, bridges, and tunnels, has released materials and announced hearing dates for the toll range setting for the proposed Beltway and I-270 toll lanes. You can learn more here: https://mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting
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