With Chairman Luke Clippinger and Delegate Queen leading the effort, the House passed House Bill 3. This historic legislation will take politics out of the parole process by removing the Governor from parole decisions for those who are sentenced to life in prison after 20 years. With this legislation passing the House, parolees can get the proper rehabilitation and fair second chances in the state of Maryland.
The House ensured that climate change is a focal point when energy and utility regulations are discussed at the Public Service Commission by passing House Bill 30 this week. This bill establishes the Office of Climate Counsel to focus on climate change and other environmental issues. With this legislation, we can monitor progress in reaching our state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
The House passed House Bill 655 officially giving Marylanders the right to choose who represents them in their local county elections. With this legislation, the tool used to disenfranchise voters by requiring county commissioners to live in a specific district but electing commissioners at large is now dismantled. This bill restores democracy to voters and places the ability to properly choose your representatives in your hands.
The House also passed House Bill 1048 making voting easier and more convenient for Marylanders by creating a permanent mail-in ballot option. The elections during this pandemic have shed a light on how our current mail-in voting process operates and that voters should have the opportunity to choose the option that works best for them. This bill will take Maryland in the right direction to ensure more accessible and equitable democracy is achieved.
COMMITTEE HEARING SCHEDULE
See the committee hearing schedule for the week of March 7 HERE.
Follow @mdgahearings on Twitter account to stay up to date on the MGA committee hearing schedule.
10TH DISTRICT VIRTUAL NIGHT
Join Delegate Ben Brooks and me on March 8th for the 10th District Night in Annapolis! Due to the ongoing pandemic, this years District Night will be done virtually through Zoom. District Night will include opportunities to hear from your state legislators and learn important information such as COVID-19 updates and our Legislative Agenda. For more information and how to RSVP for this years District Night, click HERE.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DIRECT DEPOSIT PAYMENTS
The Maryland Department of Labor announced that Maryland’s unemployment insurance claimants will be receiving their benefit payments through direct deposit starting April 2021. This allows claimants to receive the payments they need in a much faster, safer, and convenient way. Claimants do not need to take any action at this time and will receive more detailed information this month.
DISTRICT 10 LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIP
The District 10 Legislative Scholarship is currently available to students living in District 10. Eligible high school, undergraduate and graduate students can receive at least $200 to use to help further their education. Unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted this year. Applications need to be returned by mail only. For questions about the scholarship or application process, email Essence.Cropper@mlis.state.md.us. Students living outside of District 10 should contact their State Delegate about scholarship awards. Click HERE to download the application.