Archive for March, 2016

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 25, 2016

Posted by Matt on March 25, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 25, 2016

Friends,

Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate it, and a happy Maryland Day to everyone. Celebrated on March 25th, Maryland Day commemorates when approximately 150 European settlers aboard two ships – the Ark and the Dove – first arrived in Maryland at St. Clement’s Island. In the General Assembly it’s a day you’re likely to find members and staff dressed in black, yellow, red, and white and expressing their Maryland pride. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 21, 2016

Posted by Matt on March 21, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 21, 2016

Friends,

Tonight culminates in one of the busiest times of the entire legislative calendar. Not only is today the “crossover deadline” – the date by which a bill must pass and “cross over” to the other chamber in order to be guaranteed a hearing – but it’s also the evening I will introduce the Fiscal Year 2017 budget on the House floor. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 11, 2016

Posted by Matt on March 11, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 11, 2016

Friends,

How about this beautiful weather!?

hearingsIt was another full week in Annapolis, with plenty going on in committee and on the floor. Yesterday, I presented two bills I’d told you about a couple of weeks ago – HB 1402, the Maryland Extended Day & Summer Enhancement Program Act and HB 1403, the Next Generation Scholars of Maryland Program. I was honored to be joined by former State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick, school superintendents from throughout the state, representatives from our colleges and universities, and people in the non-profit sector who are doing tremendous work helping to close the achievement gap for low-income students. I was especially proud to be joined by Councilman Brandon Scott, who spoke about his own experiences as a middle and high school student enrolled in the College Bound program. The program gave him the support and guidance he needed to be college-ready, which is an opportunity I want more low-income students to have. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 5, 2016

Posted by Matt on March 5, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 5, 2016

Friends,

Yesterday, I was pleased to join Speaker Busch in honoring Senator Mikulski on the House floor. I’ve written several BAM 3-4-16times about experiences working for the Senator and everything that her friendship has meant to me over the years. Today, I spoke to my colleagues about how following Senator Mikulski around to every county in our state prepared me for my own career in public service. What made today extra special is that a whole cadre of fellow Mikulski alumni, including several other members of the House, were able to be there to support the senator.

Tuesday, the Appropriations Committee heard nearly twenty bills. I wanted to highlight for you this week three of them that I feel are of particular concern to the 43rd District. Continue Reading…