Our first meeting was last week and we heard from WMATA and MTA about their respective capital investment programs. You can read the MTA presentation here and WMATA's presentation here.
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Thursday is the deadline for the introduction of House bills to be guaranteed a bill hearing. Since my last email, I have introduced three more pieces of legislation:
Bill hearings on my legislation have also begun. Yesterday was particularly busy, with bill hearings on three pieces of legislation I have sponsored: the Graduate Assistant Collective Bargaining Fairness Act; the Transit Benefit for State Employees Act; and the State Board of Elections Transparency Act. To watch the hearings, click on the little camera on the bill page.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, a lot of my time during the legislative session is spent on the budget hearings of individual agencies. The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) provides an analysis of each agency's budget and presents it at the hearing, which is followed by representatives from the various departments and agencies to respond to questions. These hearings are a great opportunity to address budget issues, as well as to provide additional oversight of the government. You can see the schedule of agency hearings here and also read the DLS analyses that have been released.
At the suggestion of a constituent, I led an effort to request that the Maryland Aviation Administration--which oversees BWI and Martin State Airports--to take advantage of a new federal law and replace firefighting foam with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances ("PFAS") with new alternatives. PFAS has potential harmful health effects. You can read the letter here. At the Maryland Aviation Administration's budget hearing earlier this week, they confirmed that they plan to phase out PFAS.
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