A Look Back at This Session #MDGA19

I ran into a man I did not know, but who recognized me in the elevator yesterday who asked me, “what do you think of Annapolis after your first session?". After I told him, he said, “people need to hear that”. He inspired this post. It was a great experience to be a legislator in Annapolis. Not knowing what to expect I was, overall, very impressed with the process and system of passing legislation. The legislators from across the state bring varied relevant and rich experience, and are knowledgeable, hardworking and passionate about good public policy. Members treat each other with tremendous respect. Watching a floor “fight” is a good lesson in civil discourse. I recommend any public body s

Results, End of Session Recap

Introduction Much progress was made during the 2019 General Assembly Regular Session. This newsletter is a brief summary of legislation affecting District 9B, as well as a recap of selected statewide bills. Please contact my office with questions about any of the more than 2000 bills that were introduced and the more than 800 bills that were passed this session. A Note About Our Speaker The 2019 Legislative Session ended on a sad note Monday, April 8th with the passing the previous day of our Speaker of the House, The Honorable Michael Erin Busch. Speaker Busch leaves a legacy as the most effective legislative leader in Maryland history. He was a master of stitching together consensus and a

Howard County officials tout state funding for flood cleanup in Ellicott City and potentially elsewh

April 8, 2019 Phil Davis and Erin B. Logan Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun Howard County officials are touting millions of dollars in state money directed toward cleanup efforts in Ellicott City, which suffered substantial damage to its downtown area after two major floods in two years. A funding bill that Del. Courtney Watson cross-filed alongside state Sen. Katie Fry Hester would bring sustained funding to mitigation efforts in historic Ellicott City. The House and Senate bills were passed Monday on the final day of the General Assembly and now head to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk. Read the full article here #sinedie #hocomd #working4md #mdga19 #katiefryhester #CalvinBall #LizWalsh #Ellicott

Breaking News: Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program Passes

On this final day of the session - called Sine Die - I am thrilled to announce that Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program – Awards for Flood Damage and Mandatory Funding (HB428/SB269) has passed! What does this mean for Howard County? HB428/SB269 places a minimum of $8 million from the state in the Flood Mitigation Grant fund between fiscal years 2021 – 2023. In addition, $3.4 million has been awarded to Ellicott City in the FY 2020 state capital budget making it available July 2019 to help fund Howard County’s flood mitigation projects in Ellicott City. Working as a team, Senator Katie Hester and I were able to secure access to significant funding to protect historic Ellicott City fr

In Memoriam Speaker Michael E. Busch

On the last day of the legislative session, there are heavy hearts in the State House as we complete the work for the year. I appreciate and am grateful for Speaker Busch’s impact on the citizens of Maryland. The Honorable Speaker Mike Busch I thought often throughout the last 90 days, my first legislative session, how lucky I was to serve in the House of Delegates with Mike Busch as Speaker. I learned so much watching him lead the House through debates, always in command, and always with a sense of humor. I marveled at his skill as a leader who nourished and grew other leaders, and someone for whom inclusiveness was a core value lived every day. I, like many others, called him Coach. I reme

HB1409 Update

HB1409 giving the County Council the ability to set the builder impact fees used for schools has passed the House of Delegates. Next step: State Senate. #ThisWeekinAnnapolis #hocomd #mdga19 #working4md

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