The vaccine struggles continue, which will be my refrain for a long time to come I am afraid. For those who are interested, the State Senate has created a Vaccine Oversight Workgroup as it holds up the Acting Health Secretary's nomination to try and bring more accountability to the vaccine process. You can view their most recent meeting 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.
Our Committees are now in full swing. As the Chair of the Transportation & Environment Subcommittee on Appropriations, my work the next few weeks will be to review the budgets of various state agencies. For example, this week we heard the budget of our state's utility regulator, the Public Service Commission, and an overview of Chesapeake Bay Funding. If you are really bored you can watch the hearing here. For the wonkier readers, the Department of Legislative Services puts together an analysis on each agency's budget which you can find here.
My legislation reforming the Board of Public Works' authority to reduce the budget has passed out of Committee on a bipartisan basis. When the House of Delegates begins having floor sessions again, it will be taken up by the full body.
I am a co-chair of the Maryland Transit Caucus. Our most recent briefing was on Vision Zero with the state's Vision Zero Coordinator. You can view the briefing on YouTube.
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 email@example.com.
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