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  • 2019 Maryland General Assembly Update Week Seven in Annapolis—Hearings and More Hearings

    February 25, 2019

    2019 Maryland General Assembly Update
    Week Seven in Annapolis—Hearings and More Hearings

    JUST IN- THE LATEST ON ABORTION LAWS IN MARYLAND!!
    THE MARYLAND HOUSE SPEAKER TO WITHDRAW A BILL TO ENSHRINE ABORTION PROTECTIONS.....
    For details, follow this link to read the article in the Washington Post:
    Ovetta Wiggiins - Washington Post 2-23-19
    Senator Carozza, "I will continue to strongly oppose all efforts to make abortion a Constitutional right in Maryland."
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               We have reached the halfway point of the 2019 legislative session! Long days and nights dominated by Senate Floor debates and committee hearings are typical as we move closer to Crossover Week. This week Senator Carozza introduced legislation to assist families of the addicted; as well as legislation to assist small businesses impacted by the paid leave mandate. Senator Carozza also attended a press conference in support of Laura and Reid’s Law, which if passed would increase the penalties when prosecuting the murder of pregnant women. Finally, Senator Carozza met with dozens of constituents who visited Annapolis this week.

    SENATOR CAROZZA PUSHES FOR 120-DAY SEASONAL EXEMPTION LEGISLATION
    Senator Mary Beth Carozza introduced legislation that would provide relief to seasonal job creators by creating a 120-day exemption to the paid leave mandate. Senate Bill 681— Labor and Employment—Maryland Healthy Working Families Act—Seasonal Temporary Workers was heard in the Senate Finance Committee on February 21.
    “Our job creators need relief. They need flexibility when it comes to staffing, running their own operations, and providing quality services to all groups and visitors,” Senator Carozza said during her testimony in strong support of Senate Bill 681. “The new paid leave law, even with this 106-day seasonal exemption, hurts the ability of our seasonal job creators to provide jobs to young people and negatively impacts the services provided to visitors.”
    Testifying alongside Senator Carozza were Melanie Pursel, Executive Director of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce; Susan Jones, Executive Director of the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association; Anna Dolle Bushnell, owner of Dolles Candyland; and Michelle Fager, owner of Fager’s Island, The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin.


    CAROZZA INTRODUCES NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ADDICTION
    Senator Carozza introduced a bill that would provide a notification tool in the fight against drug addiction. Senate Bill 714—Institutions of Higher Education—Student Drug Use—Parent Notification was heard in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 20.
    Senate Bill 714 would authorize an institution of higher education to notify the parent or legal guardian of a student who is addicted to drugs, at risk of a drug overdose, or at risk of death from drug use under specified conditions. Under this proposed legislation, an institution of higher education would be immune from civil liability in a tort claim under State law for disclosing the information in good faith.
    “My bill simply provides a narrow tool which comes from those on the front lines of the battle—the families of the addicted. My work with these families and their stories prompted the introduction of this bill,” Senator Carozza said in her testimony in strong support of Senate Bill 714.
    The need for this bill was brought to Carozza’s attention when she encountered a family at a Growing Hope event in Ocean City organized by her constituents, Ruthie and Brian Shofi. At this event, Carozza heard the story of a father who lost his son to an overdose while away at college. After the son’s death, the father discovered that some school officials knew of the son’s struggles but withheld this information from the family because of privacy laws. Wor-Wic Community College Vice President Dr. Bryan Newton testified in strong support of SB 714, and the Carozza bill has been endorsed by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges.

    (l to r): Ruthie Shofi, Senator Mary Beth Carozza, and Brian Shofi after testifying in strong support of Senate Bill 714 are pictured after testifying in strong support of Senate Bill 714, allowing colleges and universities to notify parents if their son or daughter is at risk of a drug overdose or death due to substance abuse.

    SENATOR CAROZZA ATTENDS PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF LAURA AND REID’S LAW
    Senator Mary Beth Carozza attended a press conference in support of Senate Bill 561—Laura and Reid’s Law. Senator Carozza is a cosponsor of this legislation introduced by Senator Justin Ready of Carroll County that would change the prosecution of manslaughter cases to include the death of an unborn child at any stage of development. Maryland is one of a handful of states that does not allow for the prosecution for murder of an unborn child under 24 weeks. “This should be supported by women’s groups and those who advocate for victims. All you have to do is take a look at these numbers and the fact that other states have moved forward,” Senator Carozza said while speaking at the press conference. “Where Maryland takes so much pride in being at the forefront, this is one area that it’s time to step up with the rest of the states and protect Maryland’s pregnant women.”

     
    Senator Carozza and Delegate Otto met with Lower Shore Catholics who came to Annapolis to advocate against legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Maryland. Included in this group are Sister Lois Reniki, Martha Loutsch, Joyce Boyle, Sister Marilyn Bouchard, Susan Seehan, Rick Askins, Ma de Jesus Callejar, Leonicio Bartoloa, Gina and William Alther, and Ethel Bore
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    LOCALS IN ANNAPOLIS
    Shore locals in Annapolis this week included Michael and Kristi Hall from Westover; Gail Lemay of Marion Station; Carol Frazier of Ocean Pines; Sandy Zitzer of Ocean Pines; Wendy Anspacher of Salisbury; Mary Adair of Ocean Pines; Virginia Shuler of Delmar; Merliee Horvat of Berlin; Bella Hambrick of Somerset County; local dentists Dr. Celeste Ziara of Salisbury and Dr. Stephen Preive of Princess Anne; Ruthie and Brian Shofi of Ocean City; Randy Snow of Salisbury; Richard Carey of Fruitland; former Peninsula Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Peggy Naleppa; Somerset County Liquor License Board Chair Bob Murphey; Somerset County Liquor Board President Bob Hogg; members of the local Boards of Education; and other Shore visitors who came up to advocate for and against legislation this week.


    Comcast Interview with Senator Carozza last week in Annapolis:
    https://comcastnewsmakers.com/Videos/2019/2/15Education