It was an exciting week in Annapolis, with swearing ins and inaugural events celebrating many firsts for Maryland and the nation. Our executive as a whole is making history. Brooke Lierman is the first woman to serve as Maryland's comptroller. Anthony Brown is Maryland's first Black attorney general. And Governor Moore and Lieutenant Governor Miller are making Maryland and national history as a team. There have been two other Black governors in the United States, but Moore's team creates a national first as a Black governor serving with a woman, and further, a woman of color. Marylanders showed their support this week by coming out in force for the inauguration and the inaugural ball.
You can track all of my legislation here. Two proposed bills of note are:
✔️HB0196 allows military spouses to receive temporary expedited licenses for medical professions when their family is moved to Maryland. As a veteran, I understand how much military spouses sacrifice for their spouses' careers, and the least we can do is make it easier for the many military moving to Maryland.
✔️ HB0212 increases the penalty for people who commit indecent exposure within sight of a minor. Under current law, indecent exposure is treated the same regardless of the age of the person or people who witness the exposure. Under this bill, a conviction would get up to 5 years in prison, a fine up to $10K, or both.
We also began the process of bringing back our share of Maryland's bond money for specific local capital projects. So far, we have asked for:
✔️ $500,000 for rooftop solar panels for both Bay District and Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments. There is no reason these all-volunteer organizations should spend so much on their electric bills, but the cost of installation for solar is high. Obtaining this bond money would help defray those costs substantially.
✔️ $500,000 of what will be $1.5 million (there will be another $1 million from the capital budget) for a DaVinci surgery robot at CalvertHealth. This is a vital piece of equipment for certain medical procedures, particularly for prostate cancer. Currently, 29B residents with certain medical conditions are driving to Baltimore, DC, or even further for this standard of care. This initiative will save our residents time, money, and stress, not to mention the fact that they will receive world-class healthcare closer to come.
Our school year 2023-24 Scholarship Application is open! If you or someone you know is a 29B resident who will be attending college in Maryland next year, encourage them to apply for my Delegate scholarship. Applicants can use the link in the application to verify their Maryland legislative district. Click the image below to apply! Deadline is March 15.
Have a great weekend!
Delegate Brian M. Crosby, 29B
Vice Chair, Economic Matters Committee
Subcommittees: Public Utilities, Chair; Joint Electric Universal Service Program, House Co-Chair; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee; Veterans Caucus Executive Committee