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Last week marked the end of the legislative session in Annapolis. Despite opposition from Governor Hogan, we made some significant progress. Below you'll find a recap, but first I wanted to alert you to two major demonstrations occurring in Washington, D.C. over the next two weeks.
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Attacks on science have grown since Donald Trump took office. The President's budget request slashes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by 20% and devastates research programs around the country. NASA's Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt would be hard hit as multiple programs are slashed. Read more about the proposed cuts here.
The March for Science is this Saturday, Earth Day, April 22 in Washington. The goal is to demonstrate support for funding and accessibility of science. Click here for more information and to register if you plan to attend.
One week later is the Peoples Climate March on April 29. Click here for information and to register. There will be a sign making event at the College Park Sierra Club office on Thursday, April 27 at 5:30. A Maryland contingent will meet at the Silver Spring Metro on Saturday, April 29 before heading down to the March. (More info here) Show your resistance to President Trump and his fossil fuel agenda.
The Environment and the Chesapeake Bay
The Governor signed legislation I co-sponsored to permanently ban fracking (natural gas extraction). The Governor vetoed a bill I co-sponsored last year, increasing the state's reliance on clean energy. This year the legislature overrode the governor's veto.
President Trump's budget proposal severely cut Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding. Maryland's congressional delegation issued a bipartisan condemnation of the cuts, but Governor Hogan has been silent. In response, I sponsored a senate joint resolution condemning the cuts and calling on the Governor to publicly oppose them. The resolution passed.
Labor, Business, and Taxes
A bill finally passed this year to require paid sick leave for all workers. As a cosponsor of the proposal, I believe that no one should ever have to make the choice between staying home to nurse a sick child and going to work to put food on the table.
President Trump's immigration enforcement policy has spread fear throughout immigrant communities. I cosponsored the Trust Act to ensure that state and county law enforcement do not hold undocumented immigrants beyond their scheduled release date, absent a federal warrant. I am sorely disappointed that the bill failed.
Elections and Money in Politics
I introduced the Democracy Resolution (SJ4) calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizen’s United decision which allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of their revenue (e.g. your cable bill) in political campaigns. As a result of House inaction, the resolution failed.
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