A collection of media coverage of our Caucus members this week.
- On Tuesday as part of his 2018 budget Governor Larry Hogan announced that $100,000 will be going toward Carroll County public schools and Delegates April Rose and Susan McComas commented on how these funds would help these schools. With enrollment declining Delegate Rose said, “Gov. Hogan continues to assist counties like Carroll who are negatively affected by the currently funding formula,” while Delegate McComas added, “Any additional resources the governor puts in we certainly appreciate.” For more details on the breakdown of the Governor’s distribution of $15.2 million among five school districts, click here for more.
- In the aftermath of the Governor’s veto on HB1 being overridden by both the House and the Senate, Delegates Chris Adams and Mary Beth Carozza are not giving up on bringing a more commonsense solution to Marylanders. Delegate Adams said, “I don’t think the end of the story’s been written yet…I’m getting calls regularly from business people now that they see the bill is now going to be in effect,” while Delegate Carozza added, “I will continue to make it a top priority to push for a commonsense approach that is fair to both workers and employers.” To read more about what other Eastern Shore Republican legislators had to say about the passage of HB1, click here to be redirected.
- On Wednesday, Delegates Steve Arentz and Jeff Ghrist joined other legislators who have spoken out about the decision to override the Governor’s vetoes on both Paid Sick Leave and the “Ban the Box” bill. While Delegate Arentz believes HB1 will be a “disaster for businesses to handle.” Delegate Ghrist is looking ahead of what is yet to come during this Session and said that mental health should be one of several main concerns. To read more about what each delegate had to say, click here for more information.
- Delegate Nic Kipke and House Speaker Mike Busch collaborated on a piece for the Capital Gazette to talk about their plans for addressing the opioid crisis in Maryland this Session. Speaking as representatives of Anne Arundel County, the duo have been working with Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh to help bring an effective solution to the opioid crisis in Anne Arundel County after the General Assembly passed the HOPE Act and Start Talking Maryland laws last Session. In the piece, Delegates Kipke and Busch talk about Start Talking Maryland, saying, “Start Talking Maryland focuses on spreading awareness throughout the educational system, inspired in part by Anne Arundel County’s successful No Child Left Behind program. This legislation requires the Maryland Board of Education to expand an existing program to encompass drug addiction and prevention education and award local boards of education grants to implement new policy and training requirements.” For more information about how Start Talking Maryland and HOPE will help to bring relief to those from suffering from opioid addiction, please click here to be redirected.
- Delegate Mary Beth Carozza is working on legislation aimed at getting motor events held in Ocean City under control while also alleviating the pressure on law enforcement and city officials. During these events law enforcement can have a tough time trying to protect both visitors and businesses, which has led to the proposal of creating legislation that would declare the Town of Ocean City a special events zone, thereby making it easier for law enforcement to keep the public safe. To read more about the dilemma in Ocean City, click here.