From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
News From Annapolis!
The 435th session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 14, 2015. We are 1/3rd of the way through our 90 day legislative session. With more than 60 new members of the House of Delegates, we are off to a slow start. The pace is picking up every day.
What the Frack?
Fracking Causes STDs!
As a member of the Environment & Transportation Committee, we recently received a briefing from the Fracking Committee about their study on fracking in Maryland. I was very surprised to learn of some of the health risks from fracking – “bar fights,” and “STDs.” Please view this short video to hear it for yourself:
To read this report for yourself, “Assessment of Risks from Unconventional Gas Well Development in the Marcellus Shale of Western Maryland.” This report can be found – CLICK HERE
Rain Rain Go Away
Rain Tax Repeal
Keeping his campaign promise, Governor Larry Hogan announced legislation Tuesday to repeal the state’s stormwater management fee, more commonly referred to as the “raintax.” The repeal would not affect the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 order requiring states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to reduce their amount of pollutants, but it would rescind the 2012 mandate passed by the Maryland General Assembly requiring remediation fees from the counties. Although he highlighted the support of Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and co-sponsors from both parties and in both houses, Gov. Hogan acknowledged the barriers this repeal will face in the House of Delegates.
I am a proud co-sponsor of this bill. You’ve heard me exposing this unfair tax for two years now. This year, I think we are going to repeal the Rain Tax!
There is one group that wants to keep the Rain Tax, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They think the Rain Tax is a good idea and are openly opposing the repeal of this onerous tax.
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Baltimore County Public School Survey
All Are Welcome to Weigh-In
Baltimore County Public Schools is offering a Stakeholder Survey for all Team BCPS members, including current, former, and future teachers, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and supporters. If you are interested in weighing in you have until February 28th.
Thank you for your continue help and support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you and your family.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga