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  • 2019 Maryland General Assembly Update Week 5—Deadlines and Debates

    February 11, 2019

    2019 Maryland General Assembly Update
    Week Five—Deadlines and Debates

    With 60 days to go, deadlines to introduce legislation this session have come and gone as the schedule for committee hearings and debates on the Senate Floor intensifies. Controversial legislation to reverse Governor Hogan’s Executive Order to start school after Labor Day passed out of committee and hit the Senate Floor for debate, amendments, and votes. Meanwhile, the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee was briefed on two Hogan Administration initiatives centered on making our schools safer and accountable. This week also included a presentation to the Eastern Shore Delegation by the Delmarva Poultry Industry.
    In the first major debate of the 2019 legislative session, Senator Carozza voted in committee and on the Senate Floor against legislation to reverse Governor Hogan’s Executive Order to Start School After Labor Day. Economic data shows that a post-Labor Day school start could generate up to $74.3 million in direct economic activity. "It makes no sense at all for the legislature to go backwards when an overwhelming majority of Marylanders, including teachers and parents, support starting school after Labor Day,” Senator Carozza said.

    The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee held bill hearings on two Hogan Administration initiatives: the Accountability in Education Act of 2019 and the Safe Schools Maryland Act of 2019. If passed, the Accountability in Education Act would establish the office of the State Education Inspector General who would investigate unprofessional, improper, and illegal conduct that affects our schools. The Safe Schools legislation makes the State’s school safety tip line official—1-833-MD-B-SAFE. “I am proud to cosponsor these two Hogan Administration initiatives that will provide the tools and technology to protect our most valuable resource – our children,” Senator Carozza said.
    Congratulations to Parkside Future Farmers of America and University of MD Extension - Wicomico on their awards from the MD Agriculture Council. Senator Eckardt and I joined together to congratulate Parkside FFA Advisor Jerry Kelley and Wicomico Extension Advisor Barbara Barga.
    In a presentation before the Eastern Shore Delegation, leaders of the Delmarva Poultry Industry highlighted the powerful impact of the chicken industry in Maryland, including over 15,000 related jobs, over $112 million in state and local taxes, and a $1.67 billion piece of Maryland’s economy. There are several proposed bills that would have a negative impact on the Shore’s farm and poultry industry, which will be assigned to Senator Carozza’s committee. “I will use my position in committee and on the Senate Floor to support our Shore farm families and will fight against those proposals that jeopardize the future of Maryland’s chicken industry,” Senator Carozza stated.
    Supporting our Shore business leaders who came to Annapolis to testify against job-killing legislation. The legislature should be focused on making Maryland more jobs and business friendly.

    Shore visitors to Annapolis this week included Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy and Board of Trustee members; Shore library leaders Ed Gayda of Somerset County, Jennifer Ranck of Worcester County, and Cheryl Nardiello of Wicomico County; University of Maryland Eastern Shore Pharmacy students; UMES School of Agriculture development officer Karn Binns, Jr.; Wicomico County Farm Bureau President Charles Wright; Michelle and Paul Chesnik of Willards; Braden Binkley, Colin Siebert, Sam Ness, and Nathan Schnell of Faith Baptist School in Salisbury; Glenn Irwin from the Ocean City Development Corporation; and Worcester County Clerk of the Court, Susan Braniecki.

    Governor Larry Hogan declared 2019 as Year of the Veteran in Maryland. Senator Carozza, who attended the Governor’s veterans event held at the State House, has cosponsored Governor Hogan’s legislation to exempt 100% of military retirement income from state taxes. We are proud to support our veterans!

    Senator Carozza met with University of Maryland Eastern Shore pharmacy students who came to Annapolis for their advocacy day.

    Below (l to r): Delegate Charles Otto, Senator Addie Eckardt, and Senator Mary Beth Carozza met with Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy and members of the Board of Trustees in Annapolis.