What's Happening

Chris, Hillary, & Me!

April 25, 2016

I’m writing to remind you that tomorrow is Election Day and polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Many people have reached out, asking who I am supporting, so I thought I’d send a quick email to let you know and to share a few thoughts:

Hillary Clinton for President of the United States

Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate

Shelly Hettleman for Delegate to the Democratic National Convention

Less Than a Week to Go

April 6, 2016

It feels like Spring has sprung!  Annapolis is beautiful snow-covered, but I definitely prefer the daffodils and the crocuses to the frost. We have been very busy these last few weeks, passing both the operating and capital budgets and considering the 2,500+ bills that were introduced this session.  After we adjourn next week, I will provide a more detailed look-back at this session, but I wanted to use this opportunity to give some insight into what's been happening and what I've been working on.

(A little more than) Half Way Down, (A little less than) Half Way to Go

March 6, 2016

Happy March! It's hard to believe that we have passed the half-way mark of our 90 day session. We have a record number of bills to consider this session and as days grow longer on the House floor, there is still much work to be done in committee.  Last week our subcommittee had its final budget hearing and we head into budget decision-making time later this week and the next.

Here are a few highlights.

House Floor & Committees

In the Beginning...

February 4, 2016

Happy February! It's great to be back in Annapolis where the General Assembly has been in session since mid-January.  We are off and running - with more than 3,000 bill drafting requests, veterans have told me that we may hit a record-breaking number of bills to consider.

Open for Business, Closed for Entry

November 20, 2015

I didn't think I'd be writing so soon after my Thanksgiving note earlier in the week, but I had to let you know how concerned I am about the public discourse surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and specifically, Governor Hogan's decision to oppose refugee resettlement in Maryland.  I've sent the Governor the following letter:

Happy Thanksgiving

November 17, 2015

Shorter days and colder weather mean that we’re getting closer to January 13th – Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly.  The “interim”  -- as the time between Sine Die (end of session) and the beginning of the next one is called -- has flown by.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since I was elected!

Over a year...

July 9, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since the Primary Election!  It has been a very busy year and now that we’re a few months past the legislative session, I wanted to take this chance to fill you in on what we have been up to.

It's a Wrap!

April 17, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Maryland General Assembly! My first session representing the 11th District came to an end at midnight on April 13, 2015.

A Dozen Days

April 2, 2015

There are a dozen days left to the 2015 session and there is still lots to do.  If you're getting this email for the first time, it's because you've written to me recently and I've added you to my update list.  Since I last wrote, the House passed the Budget by a whopping 129-10 and the Senate adopted it unanimously.  The House gives final consideration to the Capital Budget today, which provides funding for the construction, planning, renovation and building of State facilities such as hospitals, higher education institutions, and parks.  Every county also receives fund

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