Happy Spring! With just two weeks left in the 2019 legislative session, there is still a lot of work to be done...
The House Appropriations Committee presented a bipartisan, balanced budget for FY 2020. Despite a $269 million write down in revenue estimates partially due to the Federal Government shutdown, the Appropriations Committee was able to reorganize the state budget to fund our priorities without raising any taxes.
Differences between the House and Senate budgets were just worked out in conference committee and approved by the House:
Investment in Educational Priorities
State Employees & Public Safety
A visit from Bais Yaakov School students
I am pleased to report that a number of my bills made the crossover deadline (the date by which bills have to pass one house in order to be heard in the other) and will be considered in the Senate:
Rape Kits - HB 1096 has passed the House and creates a presumption that virtually all rape kits will be tested. I'm hopeful this bill will enable sexual assault survivors to be treated with the respect and dignity they desperately deserve. HB 1268 has also passed the House and creates a rape kit testing grant fund where law enforcement labs can apply for funds to test kits.
Protecting Students - HB 464 and HB 461 will protect students from the predatory practices of certain for-profit schools by ensuring that any for-profit school operating in Maryland is doing it in the best interest of the students and NOT their investors. They also require schools to disclose important information prior to a student enrolling.
Representation of Women on Boards of Directors - HB 1116 will require companies that file certain forms with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to report on how many women participate on their Boards of Directors. Equitable representation on boards, commissions, decision-making bodies, and leadership roles is essential to the economic and social mobility of women.
Protecting University Employees - HB 822 makes it clear that certain University System of Maryland public higher education employees can only be terminated for cause.
Supporting Residents at Community Care Retirement Communities (CCRC's) – HB 588 allows both owners and residents access to counsel during a mediation grievance process.
The Government Accountability and Maryland Program Evaluation Act – HB 1113 creates an Office of Performance Evaluation and Government Accountability to examine the efficacy and efficiency of our state agencies and programs. This bill has passed both the House and Senate.
Protecting Student Athletes – HB 876 requires higher education institutions to develop a process for student athletes to express concerns about their team’s culture to an official outside of the athletic department.
Rally for Public School Funding & Kirwan Commission
Additional Important Legislation
Back at Home
The Pikesville Armory, built in 1903, is the second oldest armory in the state of Maryland and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Armory had been the social center of the community for many years and presents a compelling opportunity for the future. With its strategic location, open space resources, and significant facilities as an untapped communal anchor in Pikesville, the Armory can be revitalized to support broader growth, access to open space, recreation facilities, and arts—just to name a few—in the greater Pikesville community.
The Regional Transit Plan will reflect our rapidly changing world; we travel in different ways with far more options today than just 10 years ago. Help shape the future of transportation options in our region. Take the Survey!
I also encourage you to apply for Transportation 101. The Central Maryland Transportation Alliance is now accepting applications for its Transportation 101 workshops! Classes are held at the UM BioPark from 6pm - 9pm every Wednesday from May 1 to June 12 and include dinner. Childcare options are available. Candidates can learn more and may apply through April 10 here.
Join in visioning a smarter, more sustainable development and redevelopment for Pikesville’s future here.
During the next few weeks, beginning on or after 3/27/19 the State Highway Administration's contractor will be performing the first phase of demolition work on the existing I-83 bridges over Padonia Road. This work requires closing and detouring the section of Padonia Road underneath the bridges at night. The contractor may work at any time between 8:00 pm and 5:00 pm the next day, Sunday through Thursday nights. The contractor will post the dates/times of the night-time detours in advance on the portable digital message signs placed along eastbound and westbound Padonia Road and there will be posted detour routes for travelers to use while the closures are in effect. SHA will also provide construction traffic updates to area traffic reporters.
In the News
I was a guest on the Roughly Speaking Podcast, a feature of the Baltimore Sun with Goucher College’s Mileah Kromer and one of The Sun’s Annapolis reporters, Luke Broadwater.
The Sun featured an article on my rape kit testing bill.
If you know a current high school senior or college student, please share the Delegate Scholarship opportunity. Scholarship applications are available on the website: www.shellyhettleman.com. There are separate applications for New and Renewing applicants. Please share with interested students and contact our office with any questions. All applications must be postmarked by April 1st for full consideration.
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