From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
There have been 2,296 bills introduced in both the House and Sente so far. Fortunately, not very many have passed yet!
Hot Off The Press!! Gay Marriage Update
At 2:30 today, the House Judiciary Committee passed the gay marriage bill by a vote of 12-10. This bill will now go to the entire House of Delegates for a vote, most likely on Tuesday.
If you would like to encourage your family and friends to weigh-in on this measure, feel free to forward my email to them.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!! Contact your members of the House of Delegates and tell them to VOTE NO ON GAY MARRIAGE!
To find your elected officials, click on the following link:
click on “find your federal and state elected officials”
The first group of elected officials on the page will be your “Delegates.” These are the people you need to get in touch with!!
Click on each name and either send an email or call their office.
As you know, I will be voting against gay marriage – no need to contact me!
Once this bill passes, we will have our work cut out for us. We will need to gather thousands of signatures on petitions to get the measure on the ballot. Once we get past the petition signature hurdle, we will have to get voters to the polls to vote for marriage between one man and one woman.
Stay tuned….. I will keep you updated on this issue.
Republicans Offer Budget Proposal
I was proud to be an integral part of the Republican Budget Proposal in the House of Delegates. We worked very hard to craft a thoughtful and useable plan that balances the budget without raising taxes. We have a plan to resolve the state’s structural deficit and helps get us to a small less intrusive government. This plan was given some good coverage from the Washington Post and the Baltimore Business Journal. You can link to those articles below:
Biz Journal – “Md. GOP wants to cut more from budget”
Washington Post – “They weren’t asked to, but for a second straight year Maryland House Republicans on Tuesday released their own “alternate” budget to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed spending plan.”
You can also link directly to that plan here:
Alcohol Tax and Gas Tax:
There is a move afoot to raise the alcohol tax in Maryland. HB 121 was heard in the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday and I’m not sure if it will pass.
This new tax is supposed to fund six new programs. I do not think we need any more taxes in Maryland. The $35 Billion Maryland budget is enough! We need to make government more efficient and effective.
The Maryland alcohol tax which is being marketed at “a dime a drink,” will impose a whopping increase of 569% for liquor, 640% for wine & 1,189% for beer. This tax would be added to the wholesaler’s cost and ultimately built into the retail price, on top of which, Maryland customers would have to pay 6% sales tax. In practical terms, this means that roughly an additional $4.00 in taxes will be levied on each 1.5 liter bottle of liquor and $2.50 on a case of beer – and then add your 6% sales tax on top of that.
There are a few ideas floating around to increase the gas tax. If you would like to sign an online petition to help stop the gas tax, click on the link below:
I will be voting NO for the alcohol and gas taxes.
This week, the Cat in the Hat visited Annapolis!
Thanks for your continued support and encouragement. I am humbled and honored to be representing you and your family in Annapolis.
Maryland House of Delegates