From the office of Del. Mary-Dulany James:
As Special Session gets underway the legislature is evaluating redistricting plans and considering other matters. At the top of our list is creating jobs, and we are already making some progress.
Yesterday Governor O’Malley issued an executive order calling for all of his agencies to conduct “a comprehensive review of its regulations” to determine which could be steam-lined or eliminated with an eye toward promoting job creation. See the Executive Order here. This is something that I have advocated for some time along with a group of other Democrats. Last session I sponsored House Bill 524 along with Delegate Galen Claggett to order this kind of comprehensive review of state regulations. In his announcement, Governor O’Malley called me,
Delegates Claggett and John Bohanan, the “job creation caucus.” I am proud of the title, and I will continue this important work over the coming days of Special Session and beyond.
I work with a group of Democrats that we call the Blue Dog group on job creation and business development. We have a four-year agenda to make Maryland a business friendlier environment, create jobs, and educate Marylanders so they can take advantage of 21st century positions that are growing in our state. A major step is reviewing regulations so that we can eliminate any that are needlessly preventing people from bringing businesses here, keeping small business from hiring more employees, or over regulating industries that could otherwise flourish. After a 60-day review period, the intent is to introduce a package of regulatory reforms to the General
Assembly in January.
Our “job creation caucus” also supported the Governor in taking a positive step earlier this summer when he signed an executive order creating a FastTrack process that cuts bureaucratic red tape for business owners and developers. It is a tool to streamline and expedite the review of state permits for projects in priority development areas. (Press Release, 6/30/2011)
We are already taking advantage of the opportunity that Special Session presents. I am pleased with this progress, and will report on any other major events as they unfold. Please get in contact with my office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or questions about Special Session.