We have reached the halfway point for the 2011 legislative session as this past Friday was the 45th day of session. There are currently 2,234 bills and 16 resolutions being considered, with 934 bills in the Senate and 1,297 bills in the House.
Marriage Equality: The MD Senate voted this past Thursday to approve the Civil Marriage Protection Act with a 25-21 vote. The bill has now moved over to the House side where the House Judiciary Committee held over 8 hours of hearings on both the Civil Marriage Protection Act and on the opposition’s bill, the Maryland Marriage Protection Act, this past Friday. Legislators expect the bill to be voted on in the Judiciary Committee Tuesday evening. Watch testimony from the LGBT Caucus here.
Bond Bills: The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee will soon begin hearings on bond bills. I am sponsoring three bond bills this session. The first bill would give $100,000 to the Children’s Guild, a non-profit serving children with multiple disabilities, for the construction of an elevator and a renovation of the school’s bathrooms. The second bill would give $250,000 to the National Aquarium for the construction of capital infrastructure projects. The third bill would give $150,000 to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House for repairs and construction. I will be sure to keep you updated on the status of all three bills.
Baltimore City Schools Rally: The Baltimore Education Coalition is organizing a rally to be held Thursday, March 10th at 6:30PM on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. Students, parents, teachers, and others will be protesting the proposed budget cuts to Baltimore City schools. I will be in attendance at the rally as well. To find out more, visit the Coalition’s website here.
As always, please feel free to contact me about any issue at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-841-3303.