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During session, I try to make weekly updates to keep my constituents informed. I will also post other news stories and materials here.

District 29 House Delegation Files Together for 2018 and Receives Hogan Endorsement

January 31, 2018

Delegate Matt Morgan represents District 29A North St. Mary’s, Delegate Deb Rey represents District 29B South St. Mary’s and Delegate Gerald “Jerry” Clark represents District 29C covering mid-St. Mary’s County and Southern Calvert County.  The three Delegates took the unprecedented step of filing for re-election together and they announced they have the strong support of Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan.  

“I am happy to endorse the District 29 team, Delegates Matt Morgan, Deb Rey, and Jerry Clark.  I know I can count on them to support a fiscally prudent yet socially responsible legislative agenda.  We are changing Maryland for the better and we are just getting started” said Governor Larry Hogan.

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2018 Budget, Taxes & Sick Leave Updated

January 29, 2018

I hope that you and your family have had a great weekend. Over the last week, there have been some happenings in Annapolis that I thought you would like to be informed of:  

Budget

The Governor has released his budget package and there’s a lot in it for St. Mary’s County to celebrate!  I am extremely pleased to see that Governor Hogan did not forget his commitment to advancing technology in Southern Maryland, and included $28,365,000 funding for the USM/UAS research facility at the Southern Maryland Regional Higher Education Center.

Other items included in the budget are:

  • $3.6 million for an auditorium, and $2.4 million for campus-wide improvements at St. Mary’s College.
  • $2.3 and $2.2 million for improvements to Park Hall and Hollywood Elementary Schools
  • $771,000 for the Leonardtown jail
  • $500,000 for the new Leonardtown branch library
  • $577,000 for Historic St. Mary’s city
  • $595,000 for shoreline improvements on St. Catherine Island
  • $333,000 for St. Mary’s County land preservation projects
  • $99,500 for boat docks and slips at Leonardtown Wharf
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Opening Day & Veto Overrides

January 16, 2018

I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful holiday season and are staying warm during this very cold winter! As the new year gets underway, I look forward to once again representing you in Annapolis. The Maryland General Assembly convened on January 10th and will again run for the constitutionally required 90 days. One of the first order of business on the agenda was the vote to override or sustain two of Governor Hogan’s vetoes.  I voted with the Governor on both of the bills.

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Gerrymandering

January 05, 2018

One of my top priories is non-partisan Congressional and Legislative redistricting.  As matter of fact, I feel so strongly about ending gerrymandering that I was a named complainant with fellow Delegate Neil Parrott and Former Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey in a Judicial Watch case.  Unfortunately, our case did not make it to the Supreme Court, however another did.  

The Supreme Court is set to consider Maryland’s gerrymandering case that has been making its way through the court system.

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End of Legislative Session 2017

April 14, 2017

The 2017 Legislative session ended with some clear wins and some losses. We see nearly three thousand proposed bills, and I want to share with you some of the highlights.

  • The St. Mary’s County Delegation focused heavily on county issues. Many of these local bills repealed obsolete and unnecessary laws from the books, others were passed to the benefit our community.
  • Without a doubt, the hottest topic of the season was the “Sanctuary State Bill”. Unsurprisingly, this legislation drew extremely emotional reactions from both sides. I heard more about this issue from constituents than any other issue - and by a vast margin, citizens are solidly opposed.  
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