This Week in Annapolis - January 31, 2020

Greetings! For the past two weeks I have been collaborating with my colleagues on legislation - revising, and filing bills while attending floor sessions each day and briefings from government agencies. I presented two of my bills to the House Environment and Transportation Committee, and am gearing up for several public hearings in my own committee, Economic Matters coming up next week. Women Leading On Climate Resiliency This week I was part of a group of four women legislators that introduced several bills intended to help make a more resilient Maryland. Click here to see the press release. This proactive package of bills will set up a structure within state government to oversee resilien

Women Lawmakers Take Aim at Climate Change

Some coverage in Maryland Matters by Josh Kurtz on the important initiative that we introduced last night: As Maryland becomes increasingly susceptible to catastrophic events related to climate change, lawmakers are seeking ways to make the state more resilient and better prepared for what may come. Senators and delegates on Monday night unveiled a package of five resiliency bills designed to make it easier for state planners and policymakers to prepare for — and, if possible, prevent — the ravages of climate change. The all-female lineup of lawmakers who spoke at an Annapolis news conference Monday night represent Ellicott City, which has endured catastrophic damage from two “thousand-year”

Women Legislators Lead on Building a More Resilient Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nithin Venkatraman 443-896-7552 nvenkatraman@senate.state.md.us Annapolis, MD - [January 27, 2020] Members of the Maryland General Assembly introduced a number of bills on Monday aimed at combating the increasing risks of climate change and sea level rise that threaten Maryland communities. Senator Katie Fry Hester (D - Howard and Carroll), Senator Sarah Elfreth (D - Anne Arundel), Delegate Brooke Lierman (D - Baltimore City), and Delegate Courtney Watson (D - Howard County) introduced a “Resiliency Package” of legislation to increase the State’s preparedness in the wake of record flooding and devastating weather events that threaten communities across M

Today I Filed House Bill 78 - Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund – Authorized Uses

Today I Filed House Bill 78 - Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund – Authorized Uses I have filed this bill as primary sponsor, and it has a hearing date. More will follow. Please contact me if you would like information on this bill, or to submit testimony. This bill will allow the administration to have flexibility in granting local governments funds for flood control. Currently this massive fund is used only for water quality projects such as upgrading sewer treatment plants. The upgrades to major sewer treatment plants have now been completed and thus there is capacity in the fund that could be used to help with projects like the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan in Howard County. Water quali

Today I Filed House Bill 30 – Condominiums - Disclosures to Unit Owners and Prohibited Provisions in

House Bill 30 – Condominiums - Disclosures to Unit Owners and Prohibited Provisions in Instruments by Developers (Sunset Island Act) I have filed this bill as primary sponsor, and it has a hearing date. More will follow. Please contact me if you would like information on this bill, or to submit testimony. This bill will prevent Condominium Boards from waiving the legal rights of their members without their knowledge. The bill stems from a situation in Ocean City where a developer agreed to make some repairs on a building if the Board waived all future repairs and did not disclose the agreement. It’s hard to believe this wasn’t already banned. Unfortunately we have owners of units in Ocean Ci

The 2020 Session Has Begun!

The 2020 Session Has Begun! Greetings, I am back in Annapolis hard at work for the residents of Howard County and Maryland. We began the session with a historic unanimous vote to elect Delegate Adrienne Jones as Speaker of the House. Speaker Jones is the first woman, and the first African American, to be elected Speaker in the history of 441 legislative sessions in Maryland. This was a moment I shall not soon forget. This session I continue as a member of the Economic Matters Committee serving on the Banking, Financial Institutions, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, as well as the Property and Casualty Insurance Subcommittee. We have spent time in briefings from the Governor’s depart

Your Howard County District 9B Team

I’m so proud of the District 9B team - Terry Chaconas and Cindy Scruggs. They are answering calls and emails (lots of emails!), making sure the bills and amendments are filed, training interns, and providing tremendous support to your Delegate. Fun fact - although they did not know each other until last year, they both won the “Friends of Education Award” from the Howard County Board of Education in different years in the past. You can see their twin awards on the wall between their desks. They have each advocated over the years for children in Howard County. #awesometeam #stronger9b #working4md #mdga2020 — at Maryland House of Delegates. #Working4MD #MDGA2020 #Stronger9B #HoCoMD #HowardCoun

Today I Filed a Bill Aimed at Protecting Consumers

Today I filed a bill with cosponsor Delegate Ned Carey that is aimed at protecting consumers by requiring an “opt-out” link on large company websites. It would allow you to opt-out from the company selling any information they collect about you (while you use their site) to third parties. Delegate Carey has another online privacy bill that would provide other kinds of protections for consumers - stay tuned. #mdga2020 #working4md #Working4MD #MDGA2020

Thank You Congressman Sarbanes

Thank you Congressman Sarbanes for stopping by my office this morning. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated representative serving us in trying times in Washington DC. #MDGA2020 #working4you #stronger9b #Working4MD #MDGA2020 #Annapolis #HoCoMD #CourtneyWatson #CongressmanSarbanes #HowardCounty

Briefings, Briefings, Briefings

Briefings, briefings, briefings. Today we heard about the Uninsured Employers Fund and the deficit it has, as well as an update on Minimum Wage, Sick Leave, and other labor issues from the Governor’s staff. Important information to absorb before we start considering legislation. Public hearings on bills start next week for my committee, Economic Matters. #Working4MD #MDGA2020 #Working4MD #MDGA2020 #GeneralAssembly #HowardCounty #HoCoMD #Maryland

Fantastic Howard County League of Women Voters Brunch

Fantastic League of Women Voters brunch today where the county’s state delegation was able to discuss legislation we will be working on in the 2020 session. The League is an important institution in our democracy and I have long appreciated the active chapter in Howard County that my mother was part of from before I was born! #MDGA2020 #Working4MD #HowardCounty #CourtneyWatson #Maryland #hocomd #MDGA2020 #Working4MD

Business Breakfast in Annapolis - Thank You!

Delegates Lily Qi, Brian Crosby and I held a business breakfast this morning at Market House in Annapolis to talk about the upcoming legislative session which starts on Wednesday. We were joined by our Chairman, Dereck Davis. Thanks to all who attended! #DereckDavis #BusinessNetworkingBreakfast #9B #HowardCounty #HoCoMD #CourtneyWatson

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