In advance of that meeting, the Montgomery County House and Senate Delegations sent a detailed letter to Governor Hogan with some specific needs for the County. You can read the letter on the Seventh State blog.
My seatmate, Delegate Ariana Kelly, continues to offer some of the best information about the vaccine situation. Her latest update is here.
For those who are 65 years old or older (Phases 1B and 1C), you can pre-register with Montgomery County Department of Health for a vaccination appointment here. Some of the other locations currently offering vaccines in the area are:
There is no good answer why there are so many separate registration systems or why the communication is so poor. Those problems are unrelated to the also real challenge of inadequate national supply. For those interested in the data or other information, the state Department of Health maintains this site.
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.
On the first day of the legislative session we had a floor session where we adopted modified procedures to allow us to meet less frequently as a full body. This week, for the first time since January 13th, the full House began meeting again. We are meeting in a modified format where half of the body is on a separate floor and our floor sessions are relatively short. Among the orders of business taken up this week are overrides of some of the Governor's 2020 vetoes and a few early floor reports from the various committees.
Among the bills we overrode vetoes of was the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, legislation to reform our public education system. We also overrode vetoes on legislation to fund aging in place programs, such as the various village programs throughout District 16, and legislation to pilot run-through commuter rail service from Maryland to Virginia.
We also overrode the veto of the 21st Century Economic Fairness Act, to join around 30 other states in taxing digital downloads in the same way we tax physical products. As the Republican co-sponsor of the legislation explained last year, the legislation essentially replaces tax revenue we used to collect on physical goods (books, CDs, video games) that are now often or always downloaded instead.
I spend the most time in the newsletters describing the status of my own legislation and bills before the committee I serve on (Appropriations), but of course there is plenty of other important legislation the General Assembly is working on. Here are some quick updates on a few topics of potential interest, many of which we have received significant volumes of constituent communication about:
Montgomery County is decoupled from the statewide changes to what is open and what is not to deal with the public health crisis. You can track the current rules in Montgomery County here. The County's COVID-19 data dashboard can be viewed online as well. There is also a state dashboard online.
Many of you are trying to navigate the state's unemployment system, which was simply not equipped for the volume or complexity of the current caseload. The Department of Labor website is your entryway for unemployment benefits. If you are having trouble with unemployment and live in District 16, you can fill out our District 16 constituent service Google form for assistance here. The District 16 Team has been in regular contact with the Department of Labor to try and resolve individual cases.
If you know of an upcoming District 16 event or a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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