Sen. Jennings: New Maryland Laws Fund Planned Parenthood, Give Tax Breaks to Hometown Heroes, Protect Bees

From State Sen. J.B. Jennings:

July 4th Festivities
July 4th is one of my favorite holidays for a couple of reasons. Not only does it celebrate our independence, which is something we must never take for granted, it’s also a day that brings people from all walks of life together and unifies us as fellow Americans. I enjoyed seeing so many friends from the 7th District at the Bel Air and Kingsville parades, and want to thank each of you who came out and showed your support (especially those who braved the rain in Bel Air). Nothing warms my heart more than seeing young children waving our flag, and people both young and old embracing their communities.

Independence Days is always quite busy for the Jennings Family, and this year 3 year-old J.W. and one year-old Kate hung in there until the very end, even after walking in the Kingsville parade. We were fortunate enough to watch a spectacular fireworks display over the water put on by the wonderful town of Havre de Grace.

If you love parades and July 4th as much as I do, my family and I would love to have you walk the route with us next year at the Kingsville, Wilson Point, Hereford and/or Joppatowne parades. All participants will get a free Team Jennings t-shirt, and are cordially invited to a cookout at my farm later that afternoon. If you’re interested, please email my office –

Polo Fundraiser
If you don’t want to wait a whole year to join me for dinner, please consider my annual Polo Fundraiser on Friday August 4th from 6-8 PM at The Weber Polo Field: 3629 Fallston Road, to watch a fun game of polo while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Sponsorship levels are available and tickets are just $50 and will go directly to support my bid for re-election next year. Click Here to purchase tickets. This is one of my most popular events of the year, and I hope to see you there!

New Laws
Did you know? Effective July 1, the following bills will become law in Maryland:

– Planned Parenthood – $2 million from Maryland’s Medicaid budget and $700,000 from the general fund will be allocated to the organization. Although this bill was vetoed by Governor Hogan, it was overridden by the legislature.

– Taxpayer Protection – This law enables the comptroller’s office to more effectively stop tax fraud, protect taxpayer information, and hold fraudulent filers more accountable.

– Opioid Education (Start Talking Maryland Act) – This law requires public schools to teach the dangers of heroin and opioids through drug education as early as third grade, and requires public schools to have naloxone and staff trained to use it if necessary.

– Hometown Heroes – This law gives a tax break on retirement income of law enforcement, rescue or emergency service personnel who are 55 or older, and exempts the first $15,000 of retirement income from state taxes.

– Craft Breweries – Under this law, Maryland breweries will be able to sell up to 2,000 barrels annually, up from 200. Additionally, this legislation paved the way for the estimated $50 million Guinness brewery, the only one of its kind in the US, to open in Baltimore County.

– Pollinator Protection – Under this new law, pesticides harmful to bees will be prohibited on state land designated as pollinator habitat.

– Health Department – The state health department is changing its name from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the Maryland Health Department.

What do you think of these new laws? How will they impact you and your family? Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Hearing them is one of the most important responsibilities of my job. I work for YOU, and your feedback helps me more accurately represent your interests in Annapolis.

Again, thanks to all of you came out and supported your local parades. I hope to see you at my fundraiser on August 4th. If you’re unable to attend, you can still support my bid for re-election by clicking here.

Sincerely yours,

Senator J.B. Jennings


    • call them like you post them says

      Too bad you lack the basics of how food gets to your fat mouth. Without food that bees make possible, the born babies would starve as would you.

      • Carol says

        I’m not saying the bees shouldn’t be protected. Unborn babies should be afforded the same consideration.

        • biology and math says

          It’s called birth control which is a whole lot cheaper than the taxpayer footing the bill for at least 18 years. Hell, they should provide a one-time payment for anyone who opts to get their tubes snipped even that would be cheaper.

          • fiscal conservative says

            Sounds like a plan to me. I am tired of my hard earned dollars being shifted to support all these unwanted kids. Half of them eventually end up committing crimes and spend time in prison which takes a big bite out the revenue stream. I am sure many of them get hooked on drugs which is another bottomless pit for the tax dollar.

    • Farmer Brown says

      Those of us who rely on pollinators for our much of our income are thankful that the politicians are listening for a change.


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