With the crispness in the air, we’re all reminded of the changing of the seasons and the holidays that will be here before we know it. It’s also a reminder that the next legislative session in Annapolis is right around the corner.
Earlier this year, and due to being a new senator, I had limited time in office to hear from constituents and make decisions about which bills I wanted to sponsor before the first of many procedural deadlines passed in the fast-moving session. I’m proud of the work we were able to do together, having passed seven of the 10 bills I introduced. This time around, I’ve benefited from months of listening to constituents, meeting with stakeholders, and researching the issues facing our district in order to prepare for the next session.
When I ran, I promised to be accessible and to be your voice in Annapolis. I also promised to be transparent, so I’m going to fill you in on a little secret: the vast majority of bills that pass the Maryland General Assembly get written before the session starts. Because the session ends 90 days after it begins, legislators have to set the stage before it starts. Because of this, I’ve worked with my team and my House colleagues to provide accessible opportunities for District 33 residents to voice their concerns and get plugged into the legislative process when it matters most. Please consider coming out to one of our upcoming town halls:
If you can’t make it, but have a question or concern, please do not ever hesitate to reach out to my office.
Additionally, my office is seeking applications for legislative bond initiatives, which are opportunities for legislators to advocate for funding for community projects. In the last session, my office secured funding for the following: the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, the Chrysalis House therapeutic nature trail, Elks Camp Barrett improvements, the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center, the Severna Park train station, South Shore Recovery Club, Swann Park and Willows Park playgrounds, and Village Commons in Gambrills. This year, my office is hosting an online informational session to break down the process. Interested organizations should email my office at email@example.com to receive the registration link.