Friends – I can hardly believe that my first session in the General Assembly has come to an end! I never knew that 90 days could go so by so quickly! I have learned so much – both substantive information about policies, and procedurally, so much about how the legislative process works (or sometimes doesn’t work as the case may be!).
I am very pleased that I passed my first bill – HB 345 – that originated from a concern brought to me by a resident of District 46. This bill, if the Governor signs it, will strengthen Maryland’s flexible leave act (our state’s version of FMLA) to ensure that a worker’s right to flexible leave is not waivable, and that a worker cannot be terminated or retailiated against for asking to use their leave. I also spent much of my session working on the budget — as many of my posts below explain! I am disappointed that my Republican colleagues chose not to vote for a budget that I believe is fiscally prudent and socially responsible, but I am proud of the work we did on making it a budget that we can be proud of. Not only does it cut the structural deficit by over 70%, it also ensures funding for our essential services – schools, health care, state workers, etc.
I’ve authored my first “End of Session Report” that has more details about everything I have worked on. You can view the report here. Thank you for all your support, and please keep in touch! Email me at email@example.com or my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon around Baltimore!