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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.

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 Many of these local bills repealed obsolete and unnecessary laws from the books, others were passed to the benefit our community.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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Maryland Sanctuary State Bill

March 23, 2017

Monday, March 20th was ‘crossover’ day, when bills must cross from the originating House to the other side. A final push to pass bills from the House of Delegates to the Senate resulted in a long day of debating and voting on the Floor.  One very controversial bill was passed unilaterally out of the House of Delegates by the majority party despite serious concerns and objections by Republicans. 

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In-State Tuition, who qualifies

March 15, 2017

During the Legislative session there are issues and bills that often fall right along party lines due to a fundamental difference in political ideology. However, there are also times when those differences are irrelevant, as both parties come together to address issues that are important to all. In this update I will highlight a couple of issues in which I opposed progressive ideology, and a couple of issues where both parties came together.

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