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Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 18, 2013

Posted by Matt on January 18, 2013  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 18, 2013

Friends,

The first full week of the 2013 legislative session is in the books and the Environmental Matters Committee heard briefings on transportation issues, fracking, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

I am also proud to share with you that I will be chairing the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission for 2013. In this position I will be able to continue to advocate for projects and policies that help keep the Bay clean and healthy.

The big news in the legislature this week is the introduction of Governor O’Malley’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014. You can read more about the budget by clicking the image above or visiting http://governor.maryland.gov.

The state budget is a long and complex document and I’m sure I’ll be discussing it more with you in the weeks ahead, but I wanted to share some of the highlights.

First, this budget makes the largest investment in education in Maryland’s history at over $6 billion, including a $108.7 million increase in direct aid. The budget extends school breakfasts to an additional 57,000 students and gives an additional $10.9 million in new funding to our community colleges.

The budget also makes significant investments in health care and transportation, helping to support thousands of jobs. It de-authorizes funding for the proposed Baltimore City youth jail (an issue Mary Washington has worked on tirelessly) and allocates funding to complete safety studies for Marcellus Shale development that are crucial for determining how best to handle the shale gas deposits in Western Maryland.

House of Delegates Ravens Caucus

Two final notes this week: If you have not done so already, please visit my website (see the link at the top of this page) to download my 2013-14 Delegate Scholarship application and GO RAVENS!

Sincerely,

Maggie McIntosh

Maggie’s Legislative Update: 2013 Session Preview

Posted by Matt on January 11, 2013  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: 2013 Session Preview

Friends,

Happy New Year! Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2013 legislative session and things are already getting busy in Annapolis. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the priority pieces of legislation that I will be working on over the next 90 days.

Recycling and The Environment:State House Dome, Annapolis, MD

This session, I will be sponsoring a bill that will require a refundable deposit on aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers. The “bottle bill” is modeled on programs in 10 other states that encourages recycling by adding an economic incentive to do so. In Maryland, only 22% of recyclable bottles actually get reused, but in states that have instituted bottle deposit programs that number is 76%! It’s a smart, simple, proven way to increase recycling at no additional cost to consumers. If you’d like more information on how bottle deposit will impact Maryland, check out www.recycleforreal.com.

In a similar vein, my 43rd District colleague Mary Washington will once again be sponsoring the Community Clean-Up and Greening Act, also known as the “bag bill”. This bill places a 5 cent charge on plastic bags, reducing the number of used bags that end up in our streets, storm drains, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. A similar program in Washington, DC has already yielded fantastic results and I look forward to working with Del. Washington on this legislation.

Gun Control:

In response to the many recent gun tragedies, the General Assembly will be addressing gun control in 2013. While Maryland already has some of the strongest gun control laws in the country, there are several common-sense measures we can take that will help make Baltimore a safer place to live.

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