The 2013 Maryland General Assembly convened on January 9 to begin its work for the year. The initial House Sessions were largely ceremonial, including remembrances of eight former Delegates who died during 2012. It is always humbling to hear of those who came before and who dedicated themselves to public service as a member of the House of Delegates.
I was also honored to be re-elected as the Vice Chair of the Baltimore County House Delegation. All local bills come through our delegation first so I will have an opportunity to vote on issues of education, liquor licenses, capital funding and other important County issues. I look forward to working with my colleagues and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
I will continue to serve on the Environmental Matters Committee, as well as the Joint Audit Committee and the Joint Committee on the Critical Areas. The Environmental Matters Committee will have a number of important bills this year, including:
As a body, the House will also address gun violence and the availability of guns, the abolition of the death penalty, offshore wind energy, health care access, campaign finance reform and school construction funding.
I fully expect that there will be a number of other significant issues, as well. I anticipate another very busy Session. I am honored to represent the 42nd district and greatly appreciate the confidence you have shown in me during the last six years.
Please let me know of the issues that concern you. I am very pleased that Marsha Tracey will continue to be my Legislative Aide. I also have another intern from Towson University, Madison Koonce who will be helping with constituent issues. Please feel free to contact me at 410-841-3487 or at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org.