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February 9th was the date by which legislation needed to be introduced to be guaranteed a hearing in a House Committee. Thus far, there over 1,700 House bills and you can see a list here. The Senate, with one third the legislators, has approximately 1,200 bills so far. Legislation introduced in the House after the bill introduction deadline will be referred to the Rules Committee. Only if the bill is voted out of the Rules Committee can it be referred to a standing committee for a hearing.
I have spent a significant amount of time during the legislative session on funding and reform of the regional Metro system. The Washington Post editorial page offered a recent update on the issue. Virginia's legislature has been moving legislation to create long-term dedicated funding for Metro and Maryland should do the same. The DC City Council meets throughout the year and need not act as imminently as the two states. You can watch the House hearing on the funding bill here and the House hearing on the governance reform bill here.
The Maryland General Assembly created the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to reconsider our state public education programs, specifically the funding for those programs. The Commission is often referred to as the Kirwin Commission after its chair, former University System of Maryland Chancellor Kirwin. The Commission has issued its initial report which is available here.
The District 16 Team (Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Ariana Kelly, and I have held several in our series of meet and greets so far. The remaining schedule is below. Please join us at one of these meet and greets to discuss the issues that matter to you as we look towards the 2018 election. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FEBRUARY 24—Old Stage Road (North Bethesda, Farmland, Luxmanor) hosted by Susan Weinmann
MARCH 4—Parkston Road (Westbard) hosted by Mike Beland
APRIL 23—Glenbrook Road (Edgemoor, Battery Park) hosted by Nancy Greenspan
APRIL 24—New London Drive (Potomac) hosted by Tazeen Ahmad
Interested in helping my campaign talk to voters? We will be holding group canvasses onSaturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 17 at noon. If you would like to help, please email email@example.com.
The roll-out of the Purple Line construction was not easy for our community and we will face several difficult years as the work continues. Just after work began, I sent a letter to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) regarding their interaction with the community. MTA recently replied and there are two noticeable improvements in their public outreach. First, the Community Action Team meetings along the Purple Line corridor will now be advertised and open to the public. Second, larger scale public meetings on the project will be held. You can read the response from MTA here.
If you know of a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences or an upcoming event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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