Delegates and Senators from Anne Arundel County to Host Public Priorities Hearing on Tuesday, November 19th
The Maryland State Delegates and Senators from Anne Arundel County will host a Public Priorities Hearing on Tuesday, November 19th, from 7– 10 p.m. The hearing will take place in the Joint Committee Hearing Room located in the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. This hearing is an opportunity for county and community groups to discuss their legislative priorities and activities with members of the Delegation. Each group will be scheduled a 5-minute time slot for their presentation. Priority will be given to organizations with specific legislative needs, and the Delegation will make every effort to accommodate all the groups that want to present.
The Legislative Services Building is located directly across from the State House and Governor’s Mansion on Lawyer’s 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. To register for the hearing, please contact the Delegation Administrator, Kathy O’Donovan at email@example.com
or (410) 841-3402. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 12th
The weekly Delegation meetings have ended for the 2013 Session. During the 90-day Session, which runs from January through April, the Delegation meets every Friday morning at 9 AM. The Delegation meetings are held in Room 142 of the Lowe House Office Building. Agendas for the 2013 Session are available below. Links to county legislation that was introduced during the 2013 Session can be found by going to the Legislation page on this web site. For more information, please contact the Delegation Administrator, Kathy O'Donovan, at (410) 841-3402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2013 Legislative Session
2013 proved to be an active Legislative Session for the Anne Arundel County House Delegation. In addition to dealing with state issues, the members of the Delegation considered seventeen county bills and seven bond bills. The legislation covered a wide range of topics from permitting local liquor stores and restaurants to sell craft beers to changing the School Board’s composition to allowing the County Council to use voting by mail for special elections. Bond bill requests were also made by a varied group of county organizations from the National Electronics Museum to the Historic Annapolis Foundation to the Mayo Civic Association.
During their weekly meetings, the Delegation devoted a lot of time to legislation concerning local alcohol regulations and education matters. Bills that would allow craft beers to be sold in take-home glass jugs passed both the Delegation and General Assembly successfully. The new law will permit liquor stores and restaurants to hold tastings and sell beer to customers in glass containers called “growlers.” A bill passed which requires a hotline number to report suspected illegal drug activity be added to any new drug-free school zone signs. Another bill, which would convert the School Board makeup to a hybrid of elected and appointed members, passed the Delegation for a second year but did not make it to the House floor. In light of the Newton, CT incident, Dr. Maxwell and other school representatives gave an overview of security in Anne Arundel County schools.
In addition to the legislation considered, the Delegation heard from many groups throughout the county. The 2013 Session opened with a “State of the City” update by Annapolis Mayor, Joshua Cohen, and a briefing from County Council Chairman, Jerry Walker. The Delegation heard from the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council about the impact of mental illness in the county. Other groups who provided presentations included the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau, the County library system, the Sheriff’s Office, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Chesapeake Arts Center, Partners in Care, and representatives from the local disabilities community.
The final status of Anne Arundel County bills for the 2013 Session can be found on the Legislation page of this web site. Below is a list of 2013 bond bill projects that received state funding:
Camp Woodlands Teepee Project – H.B. 1358/S.B. 663: $150,000 to restore and preserve a nationally acclaimed Girl Scout facility, Lamb’s Lodge, which is used by Girl Scout troops throughout the state of Maryland.
Mayo Civic Association – Community Hall – H.B. 64/S.B. 874: $25,000 to repair and rehabilitate Community Hall which serves 20 communities on the Mayo Peninsula in southern Anne Arundel County.
Meade High School Concession Stand – H.B. 2/S.B. 88: $50,000 for the renovation and reconstruction of the high school’s stand and bathrooms.
MTR Land Enhancement Project – H.B. 1437/S.B. 1012: $200,000 to plan, design, and implement a stormwater management system for Maryland Therapeutic Riding’s property.
National Electronics Museum – H.B. 580/S.B. 352: $200,000 to construct a new museum gallery to hold a permanent exhibit, “Satellites: Transforming Our Lives.”
Southern Middle School and Southern High School Improvements – H.B. 1357/S.B. 912: $100,000 to purchase and install backup generators at the schools.
William Paca House – H.B. 84/S.B. 110: $250,000 to conserve and restore historic 18-century Georgian mansion and garden located in Annapolis.
2013 Session Meeting Agendas
March 22, 2013 March 15, 2013 March 8, 2013 March 1, 2013 February 22, 2013 February 15, 2013 February 8, 2013 February 1, 2013 January 25, 2013 January 18, 2013