Thankfully in Maryland, there has been some progress. In 2013, the state passed the Firearm Safety Act which established some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. But there is still more work to be done and during the current legislative session we are working to ban bump stocks, ensure domestic abusers surrender their firearms, take the politics out of handgun permits, and create a process that those who are a potential danger to themselves and others do not have access to their firearms. There is much more to do—and national action is sorely needed—but these are positive steps in the right direction.
On a very different note, I had some great help in Annapolis yesterday from my son Harrison. It is always great when I can share this job with my family.
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During these final few weeks of the legislative session, much of my time is spent trying to get my bills that have passed the House through the Senate. Two of my bills are already on the Senate floor: a local bill to allow country clubs to do some sales of wine for off-premises consumption tied to wine tasting events and legislation to help our state public employees union communicate with those it represents. I have also had hearings on several other bills in the Senate including the Maryland Pension Climate Change Risk Act and the Maryland Metro/Transit Funding Act.
Last week I spoke about the state's operating budget, which passed the House with bipartisan support. House and Senate legislators are now meeting in a conference committee to harmonize the approaches of the two chambers. This week, the House of Delegates is considering the state's capital budget. The capital budget represents our state's annual investment in building projects such as schools, affordable housing, or health centers. The capital budget authorizes the sale of bonds for specific projects. The state has a robust process to cap the amount of debt issued to make sure it can be serviced (i.e., repaid). The Capital Debt Affordability Committee ("CDAC") is made up of the State Treasurer, Comptroller, Budget Secretary, Transportation Secretary and a public member and recommend annually a cap on new bond issuances. The Spending Affordability Committee ("SAC") is a legislative committee that makes numerous spending recommendations, including on the issuance of debt.
Some of the important items in the Capital Budget for our community and county include:
My legislation to make red light cameras more fair was covered by NBC 4. The bill is awaiting action in the State Senate.
If you are a close reader of my weekly emails, you may recall my stated plans to sponsorthe Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act. After working with the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Election Law, Delegate Alonzo Washington, he took over ownership of the legislation and successfully navigated it to passage in the House of Delegates. I was pleased to argue in favor of the bill on the House floor. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.
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