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2016-12-13

Season’s Greetings to you and your family! 2016 has been quite a year, indeed.

Since the legislative Session ended, there has been a lot of activity at the state and local levels (more on the national politics later). I remain very involved in state legislative matters as well as many local issues. I won’t try to describe all of them, but here are some of the things I have been doing for our state and communities:

  • Was the keynote speaker at a Towson University students’ dinner to foster their community engagement; provided the keynote at the American Planners’ Association Advocacy Conference; and, was the invited speaker before the Washington College Student Environmental Committee.
  • Participated on panels about police-community relations, whether the law can save the Chesapeake Bay, land uses, Towson area community services, fair housing and the rights of individuals to challenge comprehensive zoning decisions.
  • Attended the National Conference of State Legislators in Chicago and the State Innovation Exchange in DC in order to be a better legislator!
  • Attended the groundbreaking and the unveiling of the memorial honoring veterans of Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom for which I helped secure funds.
  • Received an award from the Maryland Pesticide Network for my work and advocacy to protect bees and other pollinators.
  • Spoke with students at George Washington Carver High School regarding government and their future roles in decision making
  • Convened a dozen colleagues to learn about and discuss regional economic engines: TradePoint Atlantic/Sparrows Point, Under Armour, Ft. Meade and the University of Maryland at Baltimore
  • Supported County School Superintendent Dance’s efforts to expedite the contracting for air conditioning in twelve county schools
  • Joined with parent advocates to encourage the county and school system to begin planning a new Towson High School (Towson High, New in ’22)
  • Worked to finalize the agreement by the county to acquire the Radebaugh Park
  • Joined my colleague, Shelly Hettleman, to push the County to provide an independent reexamination of the reported rape cases that were deemed unfounded
  • Worked with Margrave Strategies and Towson University to create a place-making strategy that will better connect the University to downtown Towson and the neighborhoods
  • Helped Towson Chamber of Commerce obtain funds for streetscape improvements
  • Participated in a series of work sessions in Annapolis, examining legislation that was left unsettled during the last Session.

The Presidential election has had an outsized impact on my concern for the need for more community conversations, the direction of the federal government and our work at the state level. Fear, anxiety and very real concerns surfaced immediately. Incidents of harm, hatred and bigotry seemed to be acceptable for some reason. This cannot become our new norm! None of us should tolerate incidents that instill fear, put others at risk or diminish our communities.

It was clear to me as an elected official, I must pay close attention to incidents in our community and the federal government actions that may harm or cause problems for the residents and business people of Maryland. Many of the President-elect’s appointments raise serious concerns about:

  • Potential rescission of environmental laws and regulations and whether the EPA will shy away from its obligations;
  • How consumer rights and workers rights and opportunities will be protected;
  • Whether Maryland’s housing and community programs need fortifying if there are efforts to reduce housing financial support and other important program services;
  • Continuing to increase our renewal energy portfolio and clean energy jobs and not to be overly reliant on gas and oil.

The 2017 legislative session will have its own set of challenges. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent district 42A and help our state address the issues ahead. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please send them to me at Stephen.Lafferty@house.state.md.us.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.

Best wishes,

Steve

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Contact Delegate Lafferty
By Phone: 410-841-3487
By Email: stephen.lafferty@house.state.md.us

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