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Monday was the cross over deadline, the date by which bills are supposed to pass one legislative chamber. It is always a good time to assess my legislative agenda for the session. As I often note, our work goes far beyond our own bills including constituent service, oversight, work on the budget, and supporting our colleagues' bills. But certainly our own bills are a part of our work in the legislature. Here is the status of the bills for which I am the primary sponsor:
The Maryland House of Delegates has also passed the state's operating budget for next year. While the budget always presents some challenges and give and take, this year's process overall led to fully funding K-12 education formulas; restoring funding the Governor had proposed cutting to community colleges; rejecting diversions of Program Open Space (parks and other natural resources) funding; and setting aside dollars for our state workers to receive cost of living increases. You can read the House operating budget report here.
Our attention now turns to the capital budget--the state's construction budget--as we seek to fund major priorities such as schools and parks. I will have more to say about the capital budget in a future email, but the Appropriations Committee's initial decisions on the capital budget can be found online.
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