From the office of Del. Kathy Szeliga:
We are already into week 5 of our 14 week Legislative Session. Things are starting to heat up!
My 1st Bill Hearing!
HB 141 – Property Tax – Assessment Appeal Hearings – Right to Record was heard in the Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. The hearing went very well and I’m hoping to see this bill pass out of that committee in the next couple of weeks. This bill will ensure all Maryland property owners the right to record their property tax appeal hearing. Currently, some counties allow it and others do not.
Thanks to LeRoy Whitely and Tony Passaro, both from Harford County, who came to Annapolis to testify in favor of this bill!
Annapolis Visitors This Week
This week, there were a lot of visitors to the Maryland General Assembly. Two of my favorites are Lisa Mullen of North Harford Middle School – Harford County’s Teacher of the Year. Lisa was honored in the House and is pictured here with the Harford County Delegates.
My other exciting visitor was Jessie and his mom, Theresa, from Edgewood. Jessie was here with some people from the ARC – an organization that supports individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. The ARC is a wonderful organization that serves our disabled community with honor and grace.
The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (SB 116) had a hearing last week. Under current State law, only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid in Maryland. SB 116 repeals the reference to a man and a woman and specifies that only a marriage between two individuals who are not otherwise prohibited from marrying is valid in Maryland.
SB 116 passed out of the Judiciary Committee Thursday by a vote of 7-4. It is expected to be up for a vote on the Senate Floor next week. It seems as though it will pass out of the Senate next week!
I am in favor of the current Maryland law that defines marriage between a man and a woman. If this bill reaches the House of Delegates, I will support traditional marriage.
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