Newsletter During the Interim Period
I will be sending out an end of session letter to District 15 (D15) constituents highlighting significant bills that have or will become law in 2022 shortly after the General Assembly adjourns (next week). This is my last weekly newsletter of the session. However, during the interim (the time between sine die and the 2023 General Assembly) I will be sending out monthly news announcements.
I have developed a survey to better understand your issues of concern as we head into next year. Please click HERE. Please keep in touch with me as I will continue working to represent D15.
General Assembly Winds Down
On Monday, April 11 at midnight, the 2022 General Assembly (MGA) will adjourn sine die. The 2022 MGA addressed several meaningful and critical family, social, environmental and criminal reform measures (i.e., cannabis reform, prohibiting possession of un-serialized guns, access to safe abortion, climate solutions, and family leave). These bills were officially presented to the governor on April 1 (presentment day) to ensure enough time for a veto override.
A package of tax bills that will help Maryland families have been signed into law:
- Retirees filing as individual up to $100,000 or joint filers earning up to $150,000 can receive a tax credit between $1,000 to $1,750 respectively, per year.
- “Family budget boosters” that would exempt diapers, car seats, baby bottles, dental hygiene, pulse oximeters, and medical-grade face masks from the state’s income tax.
Both chambers are still holding marathon floor sessions deliberating on impactful measures before sine die. In addition to a bill giving more time to E-Z Pass customers to contest charges, another bill I sponsored is also being sent to the governor:
- HB 870 Vehicle Towing or Removal–Secured Parties–Electronic Notification: This bill allows a towing company to notify of a tow by email. Previously, the notification of the lien had to be made by U.S. Postal mail.
Delegate Foley and Staff
I had a terrific staff assisting me during the 2022 session. Led by Chief of Staff Lisa Fuller, they worked tirelessly to serve the residents of D15. Many thanks to Lisa and Legislative Aides Petra Smeltzer and Dan Alpert, as well as our very able and mature intern, Mercedes Opoku. All did you and me proud!
I Want to Hear From You
If you have questions or issues that need to be addressed, please reach out to me or my staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 410-841-3052.
Thank you for the privilege and honor to represent you and the other residents of District 15 in Annapolis.