This week marked the deadline for proposed legislation to be submitted to have a guaranteed hearing in committee. Each day during committee meetings, I listen to bill hearings on anywhere from 7-10 different bills. The number of bill hearings will certainly increase in the next couple of weeks.
Offshore Wind Program- This past week, I signed on to Governor O’Malley’s Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2011. The bill’s primary purpose is to boost offshore wind development in Maryland in order to create a renewable energy source for the state, create new “green” jobs, and promote long-term price stability for green energy. Studies show that offshore wind development could potentially create 20.7 jobs per annual megawatt and an offshore wind energy facility could create an additional 2,000 jobs for Marylanders.
Baltimore City Community College Visit: I visited with a group of students from Baltimore City Community College this past week. With a median student age of 26 at BCCC, the school provides a valuable resource to our community as non-traditional students are able to further their careers through the school’s program offerings. With the nursing program being one of the best in the state, the BCCC students touted the school’s 100% licensure exam pass rate for both the RN and LPN nursing programs. See a picture of the students’ Annapolis visit above.
Our New Fish: Jesse: I am thrilled to announce that the first graders of Thomas Johnson Elementary School named our new Betta fish, Jesse. Jesse is adjusting quite well to his new accommodations on my desk in the Annapolis office. The students of Patterson Park Public Charter School, with the assistance of Principal Chad Kramer, will be naming our next Betta fish this week.
Thank you to those who have emailed or sent letters with feedback on proposed legislation. I take your opinions and ideas very seriously. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any issue.