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State Delegates and Senators from Anne Arundel County to Hold Legislative Priorities Forum on December 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD, October 17, 2014 -- The State Delegates and Senators from Anne Arundel County will hold a Legislative Priorities Forum for the public on Thursday, December 4th, at  7:00 p.m.  County and community organizations will have an opportunity to present their legislative priorities, issues, and needs to the County’s state legislators in advance of the 2015 Legislative Session.  Each group will be limited to 5 minutes for their briefing, and registration will be handled on a first-come basis.  To sign up to present at the Legislative Priorities Forum or if you have any questions, please contact the Delegation Administrator, Kathy O’Donovan at aacd@mlis.state.md.us or (410) 841-3402.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 25th.
The meeting will take place in the Joint Committee Hearing Room located in the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD  21401.  The building is located directly across from the State House and Governor’s Mansion on Lawyers Mall.  Free parking is available after  6:00 p.m. in the Bladen Street Garage at the intersection of Calvert and St. John’s Streets.  Parking is also available at the Gotts Court Garage near the Visitors’ Center. 
A map on the web site, www.downtownannapolis.org, shows where both parking garages are located.
The weekly Delegation meetings have ended for the 2014 Session.  Meeting agendas and recordings for the 2014 Session are available below.   Links to Anne Arundel County legislation that has been introduced during the 2014 Session can be found by going to the Legislation page on this web site. The page is updated on a weekly basis.  You can find up-to-the-minute information on the Maryland General Assembly web site.  A link to the web site is available on the Delegation home page.  If you have any questions, please contact the Delegation Administrator, Kathy O'Donovan, at (410) 841-3402 or aacd@mlis.state.md.us.
2014 SESSION DELEGATION MEETING AGENDAS
Delegate Schuh Elected Chair of House Delegation – (May 16, 2013)
Delegate Steve Schuh, R-Pasadena, was elected to serve as Chair of the Anne Arundel County House Delegation. The Gibson Island Republican replaces Delegate Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena, as head of the Delegation. Delegate Kipke resigned as Chair after being elected Minority Leader of the House of Delegates last month.

Delegate Schuh was chosen by a unanimous and bipartisan 10-0 vote. He will serve as Chair through the 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session. Delegate Schuh, a second-term delegate and County Executive candidate, said he was honored to lead the Delegation in the county he grew up in. "I am gratified to have the unanimous support of my colleagues," Schuh remarked. "This is an exciting opportunity to lead our Delegation in making Anne Arundel County a better place to live and work.”
Delegate Kipke Elected House Minority Leader – (April 30, 2013)
Republicans in the Maryland House of Delegates have a new leader. House Republicans voted to elect second-term Delegate Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena, the new Minority Leader. Freshman Delegate Kathy Szeliga, R-Baltimore and Harford counties, was elected as Minority Whip. Kipke and Szeliga will replace Delegates Tony O’Donnell, R-Calvert, and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, R-Talbot, in the roles, respectively. O’Donnell has served as the Minority Leader in the House since 2007. Haddaway-Riccio has been Minority Whip since 2011. As the party’s new House leaders, Kipke and Szeliga said they will look to work better with “center-right” organizations, host more town halls and communicate more effectively to garner more GOP support. “We have the best policies, I believe, and we make the best arguments here in Annapolis,” Kipke said. “But unfortunately there are many voters out there in Maryland who don’t hear our message. We’re going to have one big great tent for folks who are really concerned about Maryland’s economy, public safety and education,” Kipke said. “We’re going to give them a seat at the table.”

Until the election, Delegate Kipke, 34, served as Chair of the Anne Arundel County House Delegation. He is a member on the House Health and Government Operations Committee. A graduate of Chesapeake High School, Kipke has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2007. Kipke’s election means two of the top three state delegates in Maryland are from Anne Arundel. He joins fellow Anne Arundel delegate, Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis.
2014 Legislative Session

Anne Arundel County received close to $40 million in this year’s Capital Budget between school construction money, state grants, and bond bills.  $27,831,000 was designated for Anne Arundel County schools, both for new construction projects and maintenance on existing buildings.  An additional 10% will be allocated in May.  Hospice of the Chesapeake, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Shelter all received $1 million.  Annapolis and South River high schools will have new turf fields with the $3.5 million that was allocated.  The budget also includes $500,000 for Anne Arundel Medical Center for expanding and renovating its cardiac cath lab and $250,000 for a new national Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis.  

Nine of the thirteen Anne Arundel County bond bills submitted during the 2014 Session were funded for a total of $1,415,000.  The Girls Scouts of Central Maryland received $250,000 for their Camp Whippoorwill Living Shoreline Project in Pasadena.  Chesapeake Arts Center in North County was given $75,000 to renovate a gallery space and update their technical equipment.  Historic Annapolis was allocated $250,000 to restore their building at 1 Martin Street in Annapolis.  Calvary Food Bank received $75,000 to install running water in their Severn facility.  The Annapolis Police Department was allocated $200,000 for a new firing range that will be shared with the County police force.  The Light House Shelter was given $250,000 to renovate their West Street building which will offer additional housing for the homeless and a restaurant to showcase their new culinary arts program.  The Captain Avery Museum, Bestgate Park, and Southern Middle and High Schools also received funding in the 2014 Capital Budget.

ADDITIONAL COUNTY LEGSILATION CONSIDERED

Ten additional Anne Arundel County bills were introduced during the 2014 Legislative Session but were either withdrawn or did not pass both the House and Senate.  Below is a list of those bills:

H.B. 55/S.B. 316 – Anne Arundel County - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program - Exemption (Anne Arundel County Rain Tax Exemption Act of 2014):  would exempt Anne Arundel County from the state requirements to establish a local stormwater remediation fee and a local watershed protection and restoration fund.  (Sponsors:  Delegate Schuh and Senator Simonaire)

H.B. 61 – Anne Arundel County - Alcoholic Beverages - Refillable Wine Containers:  would authorize the holder of a refillable container license in Anne Arundel County to sell wine for consumption off the licensed premises in a refillable container.  (Sponsor:  Delegate Vitale)

H.B. 196/S.B. 192 – Anne Arundel County - Turkey Hunting - Fall Season: would require the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to establish a fall turkey hunting season for the portion of Anne Arundel County lying south of MD Route 214.  (Sponsors:  Delegate Costa and Senator Reilly)

H.B. 197/S.B. 191 – Anne Anne Arundel County – Deer Hunting – Sundays: would expand the authority of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to allow deer hunting on Sundays on private property in Anne Arundel County by allowing deer hunting on the first Sunday in October through the second Sunday in January of the following year.  (Sponsors:  Delegate Costa and Senator Reilly)

H.B. 216 – Anne Arundel County - Superintendent of Schools - Compensation for Unused Leave on Termination of Employment:  would impose restrictions on the amount of compensation the Anne Arundel County Board of Education can provide to the county superintendent of schools for unused leave upon termination of employment.  (Sponsor:  Delegate McConkey)

H.B. 444/S.B. 148 – Anne Arundel County - Board of Education - Selection of Members:  would transition the Anne Arundel County Board of Education from a nine-member appointed board to a nine-member hybrid board consisting of three members appointed at large by the Governor, five members elected from each of five legislative districts, and one student member.  (Sponsors:  Delegate Schuh and Senator Reilly)

H.B. 825/S.B. 639 -- Anne Arundel County - State's Attorney and Deputy, Assistant, and Temporary Assistant State's Attorneys - Annual Salary and Compensation:  would repeal the existing statutory provisions that govern the method by which the salary for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney is set.  The bill would establish that the salary is $175,000 for calendar 2015 and subsequent years. 

H.B. 992 – Anne Arundel County - Alcoholic Beverages - Retail Establishment License:

would authorize the Board of License Commissioners of Anne Arundel County to issue a license that would permit the owner of the retail establishment to provide beer, wine, and liquor without charge for consumption on their premises.   (Sponsor:  Delegate Kipke)

H.B. 1089/S.B. 946 – Anne Arundel County - Orphans' Court Judges - Salary and Pension: 

would increase the salaries of the Orphans’ Court associate judges for Anne Arundel County from $29,000 to $33,000 for calendar 2015 and each subsequent calendar year. The salary of the Chief Judge of the Orphans’ Court would increase from $29,500 to $35,000.  (Sponsors:  Delegate Vitale and Senator Astle)

H.B. 1452/S.B. 1058 – Anne Arundel County - Electronic Instant Bingo Machines – Regulation:  would authorize a war veterans' organization or fraternal organization in Anne Arundel County to operate not more than five electronic instant bingo machines if the organization obtains a license for each machine on or before June 1, 2015.  (Sponsors: 

Delegate Vitale and Senator Astle)

 


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