Members Making News March 31st-April 6th

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.





  • Delegates Rick Impallaria and Johnny Mautz debated weapon free college campus legislation. The debate on making college campuses gun-free zones spurs discussion on past shootings and the effects of gun-free zones.



House Republicans Support Governor Hogan’s Veto

Vetoed Bill Will Strip BPW of Oversight of School Construction Program

Annapolis – House Republicans today supported Governor Hogan’s veto of a bill that eliminates Board of Public Works oversight of the school construction process. House Bill 1783 strips approval and real oversight from the Board of Public Works and instead replaces them with a body of unelected political appointees and lobbyists.

“Proponents of this bill will tell you that it takes politics out of the school construction process, but I contend that it does the opposite,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “This bill injects politics into the school construction process, and it does so at the expense of our children.”

“The Board of Public Works component of this bill is odious,” said Delegate Haven Shoemaker. “I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, I know against whom this bill is directed and you do too. But the press and the people have figured it out too.”

“You’re not taking politics out of anything,” said Delegate Bob Flanagan. “You’re just shifting the power to a nameless, faceless group of appointees and taking it away from the elected officials people know. What this bill says is that the Governor and the Comptroller have sinned by working in a bipartisan way to solve the problems of the people.”

“This has not been a fair process,” said Delegate Mary Beth Carozza. “This is a major government change that we’re moving forward with without public hearings and a public process. Because of that I cannot support this bill and I will be voting to sustain this veto.”

“As a member of the Knott Commission, I would have loved to support this bill,” said Delegate Jeff Ghrist. “But because of a last-minute amendment on an excellent bill, I cannot support this. This amendment is an insult to the members of the Knott Commission who took their time away from their jobs and their families to do this good work. I wanted to support this bill, but I can’t.  I will be supporting the Governor’s veto.”

The Governor’s veto was overridden by a vote of 90-48.

Members Making News March 24th-30th

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.






















Delegate Szeliga Honors Ambassador Sauerbrey for Women’s History Month

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the House of Delegates honors Maryland women who have made historic gains. On Wednesday, Delegate Kathy Szeliga honored the achievements of Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey. The text of her speech is below.

Today I would like to tell you about a daughter of Maryland who has achieved so much, both for us as Maryland women in leadership, and for women worldwide. She exemplifies an outspoken and fearless leader—one who shows us that there is no seat we cannot fill, no disappointment we cannot overcome.

Ellen Sauerbrey was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Maryland College, who honored her in 1988 as Alumnus of the Year. After college, Ellen worked tirelessly as a biology teacher and eventually became chair of the science department for Baltimore County Public Schools. Yet Ellen, being the dedicated public servant that she is, felt she could still do more. In 1978, Ellen was elected to our own House of Delegates, where she served faithfully for the next 16 years. Her confident approach to fiscal policy dramatically curbed the growth of state spending, which allowed Maryland local business growth—who had formerly been strangled by excessive state taxes—to thrive once again.

During Ellen’s sixteen years in this very chamber, her hardline convictions and gutsy policies led her to be elected House Minority Leader in 1986—a position she held for eight years until she handed in her resignation in order to run for governor in 1994. Ellen almost became the first female Governor of Maryland—but, due to a late and polar vote count from a single district, was defeated. Yet like a phoenix, Ellen Sauerbrey rose from the ashes of the heartbreaking loss of the governorship in 1994. In the words of Ellen herself, God had different plans for her.

In 1996, she was elected Republican National Committeewoman for Maryland and as an expert in economic, budget, and fiscal issues, eager to discuss issues from tax reform to criminal justice—and it turned out someone was listening. In 2001, Ellen was nominated by none other than President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration in 2006. There was some concern about her lack of international experience for the position, but Ellen proved it totally unfounded.

With the help of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ellen managed a budget of approximately 2 billion dollars allotted to improving the positions of women worldwide. Using her position, Ellen Sauerbrey became a pioneer for the rights of women—single-handedly negotiating U.S-sponsored United Nations Resolution 1325. This resolution transformed the socioeconomic status of millions of women by mandating equal participation by integrating them into every step of the political process. She used the skills gained from her own leadership experiences as a guide—encouraging millions of women in emerging democracies to fight for their own personal and economic freedom. In her words, “The best way to learn is by doing; never ask others to do what you’re not willing to do yourself.”

Ellen Sauerbrey shows us that anything is possible through determination and hard work, even if God’s plan for us is different than our own. A true leader, she adapted and thrived—all while defending the rights of those she had been appointed to protect. We celebrate her legacy today by facing the future with bravery—and accepting that we can do good wherever we are planted.

Ellen just celebrated her 80th birthday in September with her husband of 59 years, Wilmer Sauerbrey. Even today, she is still one of Maryland’s most influential female leaders and I am deeply honored to call her a friend.

House Republicans Demand Action on Redistricting Reform

On Eve of Supreme Court Hearing, Promise to Petition Legislation From Committee

Annapolis – House Republicans today demanded action on legislation that would truly reform Maryland’s redistricting process. This action comes on the eve of the United States Supreme Court hearing arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of Maryland’s congressional redistricting map.

House Bill 356 – General Assembly and Congressional Legislative Redistricting Apportionment Commission received a hearing in the House Rules Committee more than a month ago. With less than two weeks left in the 2018 session, time is running out to pass this bill.

In a letter to the Chair of the Committee, House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga stated the Minority Caucus’ intentions to petition the bill from the possession of the Committee if action was not taken.

“Maryland has earned the shameful designation of being home to the most gerrymandered districts in the nation,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “We owe it to our citizens to restore their faith in the fairness of their congressional and legislative districts. There has been too much delay.”

The letter points out Maryland’s tarnished history that has included numerous lawsuits over redistricting. In 1994, redistricting maps were invalidated for failing to meet the requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 2002, maps were overturned for improperly prioritizing political goals over the constitutional congruence standards.

“Over 78% of Marylanders want redistricting reform and they should not have to wait a moment longer,” said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga.  “The time for free and fair elections is now.”

Members Making News March 17th-23rd

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.












Members Making News March 10th-16th

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.





  • The Herald Mail  updates the progress of bills introduced by Delegates Paul Corderman, Mike McKay, Neil Parrott, and William Wivell.


  • Delegate Kathy Szeliga introduced the Keep Communities Safe Act and held a press conference on Tuesday. Many Delegates attended to show their support for the bill. Another bill, HB 1549, authored by Delegates Warren Miller, Christopher Adams, Steven Arentz, Mark Fisher, William Folden, Seth Howard, Richard Impallaria, and Patrick  McDonough, would require local governments to “fully comply” with federal immigration agents.

House Republicans Demand Action on Sexual Predator Prevention Act – Promise to Petition Legislation From Committee in Order to Pass it Before Deadline

House Republicans today demanded action on legislation that would protect our communities from repeat sexual predators. During prosecution for sexual offenses, House Bills 301 and 353 will allow a court to admit evidence of a defendant’s prior history of sexual crimes or abuse.

Similar legislation has been before the committee 14 times. While the Senate unanimously passed the bill in 2016, this legislation has never moved out of the House Judiciary Committee. These bills have received wide bipartisan support, with more than 120 members of the General Assembly co-sponsoring these bills and their crossfiles. The Women’s Caucus and the Legislative Black Caucus have also indicated their support for this type of legislations.

According to the House Rules, bills not acted on by a Committee may be petitioned from the Committee’s possession and brought before the full House for a vote. In a letter to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga indicated the Caucus’ intention to petition the bill from the Committee’s possession if the bill was not voted on.

“As much as we respect the committee system within the legislature,” the letter reads, “the safety of our children and our communities is far more precious than parliamentary niceties.” The letter requests the bill be acted on no later than March 16th. The crossover deadline in the General Assembly is March 19th. Bills passed after that date have to cross additional legislative hurdles in order to pass.

The letter continues, “…we do not take this action lightly, but we feel this move underscores our commitment to seeing this legislations passed and our communities protected.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.


Members Making News March 3rd-9th

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.

Lawmakers from all over the state and from both sides of the aisle were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of State Senator Wayne Norman this past Sunday. Delegate Teresa Reilly, who served alongside Senator Norman as both his former legislative aide when he was in the House as well as being a fellow Harford County lawmaker, said that his passing will have a profound effect on everyone since “Everyone respected him; he was a personable guy and just shared a lot of love and a lot of wisdom…It’s a huge loss, my heart is broken and I’m sure a lot of others are as well.” For more quotes from other lawmakers about the impact Senator Norman has had on them, please click here to be redirected.

  • For additional quotes from Delegate Christian Miele, please click here to be redirected.
  • To read a quote from Delegate Andrew Cassilly, click here to be redirected.
  • For additional commentary from Delegate Deb Rey, please click here to be redirected.



















  • This week ALEC picked Delegate Kathy Szeliga as their Legislator of the Week. In the article, Delegate Szeliga talked about how being a member of ALEC has helped her become an effective lawmaker, saying that “ALEC’s principles of limited government, free markets and federalism are true pillars of conservative legislators. Finding ways to integrate these principles into state government, including best practices that are working in other states, is essential to steering Maryland and the 49 other states in the right direction.” To read the entire interview, please click here to be redirected.




Members Making News February 24th-March 2nd

A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.