Archive for March, 2011

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 25th, 2011

Posted by Matt on March 28, 2011  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 25th, 2011

Dear Friends:

Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer (if only sporadically), and the General Assembly is getting busier and busier as the legislative session reaches its final few weeks. This week, the House of Delegates finished work on the state’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget and many of the bills you’ve been calling and writing about also are finally seeing time on the House floor. Many of the important pieces of legislation being considered in my committee, Environmental Matters, are moving forward as well. Next week is crossover, the time when the House and Senate exchange the bills passed in each chamber. This means that in order to guarantee each bill is considered fairly anything not passed by Monday is unlikely to see any action this session. It is an exciting – and sometimes overwhelming – time to be in Annapolis.

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 11, 2011

Posted by Matt on March 11, 2011  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 11, 2011

Dear Friends:

This has been a momentous (and very, very busy) week in Annapolis. In my committee, Environmental Matters, we held hearings on dozens of bills and had state Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and Governor O’Malley all stop in to testify on various bills. The big news this week is, of course, the floor debate on same-sex marriage, but I also wanted to take this opportunity to talk about the sacrifices our state employees have made to keep Maryland in good financial shape, give you an update on the funding situation for Baltimore City schools, and explain how school construction funds are allocated.

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 4, 2011

Posted by Matt on March 4, 2011  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 4, 2011

Dear Friends:

We have now officially passed the midpoint of the 2011 legislative session and the days are starting to get much longer and much busier. In Environmental Matters, the committee I chair, we’ve been hearing testimony on 15 or more bills each day, with subcommittee meetings, meetings with constituents, and voting sessions on top of that! As we move into the next half of this session, I will continue to do my best to provide you with timely updates on the bills and issues many of you have written or called me about.

In this update I’ll be talking about the marriage equality bill recently passed by the Senate and two issues from my committee currently receiving a lot of attention: natural gas drilling in western Maryland’s Marcellus Shale deposits and Governor O’Malley’s proposal to ban construction of new septic systems.

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