Blog Postings

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

Healthcare Options

March 16, 2018

As a member of the House Health and Government Operations committee, I have a “bird’s eye” view of the issues facing Marylander’s when it comes to health care. Obviously, a huge factor is rising cost of health insurance. 

Barrack Obama said, “I believe people want health insurance and what is stopping them from having it is cost.  It stands to reason if insurance was cheaper more people would buy it.”  I agree with our former President, but unfortunately, cheaper prices are not what Obamacare has delivered.  Health insurance for healthy working people especially in the individual market has skyrocketed.  

Copper Plan

I introduced HB 1509- MD Health Benefit Exchange - Individual Exchange - Copper Plans to Lower Rates.  This bill proposes an additional health insurance option, mainly geared to healthy people who otherwise would opt to forgo health insurance due to the skyrocketing cost on the individual market.

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Lower Taxes and Healthcare

February 23, 2018

This year I have sponsored legislation with the primary focus of lowering taxes and the lowering the cost of healthcare.   

Here is a rundown of those bills that I have introduced. I welcome comments and testimony. If you are interested in providing testimony, either written or in person in Annapolis, to any of these bills, please get in touch with my office.

  • HB 1509- Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Individual Exchange – Copper Plans to Lower Rates
  • HB 1377- Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Income from Retirement Plans
  • HB 948- Estates and Trusts – Transfer From Revocable Trust – Exemption from Tax HB 1608- Real Property - Trust Money - Escrow Trust Accounts
  • HB 1376- Pharmacy Benefits - Processing and Adjudication of Claims - Restrictions on Fees
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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:  


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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