From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Session 2013 Weekly Update!
Hello again! This week we have information regarding the Governor’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014, another short YouTube video, and a list of four useful websites for you and your family. This week’s video is about the “Not Top 5” issues facing the General Assembly that leave us wondering, “Does this REALLY need to be a law?”
Governor Martin O’Malley has done it again. This year’s budget submission for FY2014 seeks to increase the Operating Budget by 4%, or about $1.4 billion. While he continues to boast about numerous spending cuts throughout his term in office, Governor O’Malley has actually increased spending by 26% since FY2008. And who is left to foot the bill, yet again? You guessed it: Maryland taxpayers.
Does This REALLY Need to Be a Law?
5. SB211- Tree Experts
Should this bill pass, licensed tree experts in Maryland would no longer be able to supervise more than one company that provides tree expert services.
4. SB 191- Increasing penalties for theft of a wheeled cart
This bill increases the fine for damaging, stealing, and abandoning grocery carts from $25 to $100. Did you know that grocery carts suffered from abandonment issues too? Is this REALLY worth making a law?
3. HB 13- State Sandwich- Soft Shell Crab
This legislation would make the State Sandwich the soft shell crab sandwich. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, we have this directly from the policy note:
“Soft-shell crab sandwiches are generally quite simple. A traditional sandwich consists of a breaded and fried soft-shell crab between two slices of white bread or toast. Lettuce and tomato are common additions; there also maybe a squirt of lemon, Old Bay seasoning, or some tartar sauce. The focus of the sandwich is the sweet and savory meat of the crab and the crunch of the soft shell.”
Can we at least discuss issues with real, substantive debate? For example, should the State soup be cream of crab or Maryland crab soup?
2. SB 220- Cable Service Providers- Missed Appointments
This legislation would provide penalties for television service providers who miss their scheduled appointment time with their subscriber. Really? Can’t the private sector take care of itself? What would any normal person do if they were stood up on any other date? DUMP ‘EM!
1. HB 173- Golf Cart Zones on Highway
This bill would give Charles County the authority to designate “Golf Cart Zones” on highways in that county. What’s next, Rascal zones? Look out, here comes Grandma! How about a lane designated specifically for little Jimmy and his Big Wheel? Honestly, does this REALLY need to be a law?
Four Useful Websites for You and Your Family
This website is the Baltimore County Government’s website. I encourage you to explore this website, for it has many great resources and links to information regarding trash pick-up schedules, severe weather information, pot-hole reporting, and much more!
This website is the Baltimore County’s Tourism website. On this site, you can find “25 Things To Do” in Baltimore County, plan a day trip with your family, or look at the calendar to see what cool events are taking place in your county.
On the Harford County Chamber of Commerce’s website, you can find legislative updates from Annapolis, apply for scholarships, or look at the several community links provided to you.
This website is the Harford County Government’s website. Here you can find a video tour of the County’s successes, find out information regarding road closures, and view upcoming events in your area.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions or if I can be of assistance to you and your family.
Click here: Contact Delegate Kathy Szeliga
303 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming my way.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga