From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
A Top 100 Girl!
Very Humbled to Be Selected
This week, I was selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women!
The Daily Record has selected Maryland’s Top 100 Women for the last 20 years. The awards will be presented on May 4th.
Click Here to read the entire list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
An Epidemic in Every Community
A couple of decades ago, heroine addiction only plagued some urban communities. No more. Heroine use is up in every county in Maryland. Many people have seen the effects of drug addiction too close to home.
Governor Larry Hogan joined with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to announce the establishment of both the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and a separate Inter-Agency Coordinating Council. Both groups will work and support efforts to address Maryland’s growing heroin and opioid crisis.
In 2013, heroin-related overdose deaths (464) outnumbered homicides (387), which represents a 95 percent increase in heroin-related overdose deaths since 2010. Preliminary findings for 2014 show overall heroin-related overdose deaths have continued to rise and will outpace those in 2013 by approximately 20 percent. There is growing evidence that many new heroin addictions stem from the abuse of prescription painkillers. Once addicted to these opioids, individuals may switch to increasingly cheap and “available” heroin.
The Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, a group made up of law enforcement prof
essionals, elected officials, and substance abuse experts will meet regularly and solicit input and guidance from a wide variety of sources throughout the state. The group will also meet with and receive guidance from educators, families of those suffering from addiction, and other vested stakeholders.
Governor Hogan also officially established the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council. This council includes multiple state agencies and provides the opportunity to share data for the purpose of supporting public health and public safety responses to the heroin and opioid crisis. It will also serve to develop recommendations for policy, regulations, and legislation.
Governor Hogan appointed Lt. Governor Rutherford to lead both the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force and the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council.
Rain Tax Repeal
It Has Been Raining Taxes in Maryland
This week in my committee, we heard a number of bills to repeal the Rain Tax. I was a cosponsor of two bills (HB 481 & HB 874) and I’m working with Governor Hogan to Repeal the Rain Tax.
Passing the bills to repeal the rain tax means that counties can still implement a rain tax, but the 10 jurisdictions will not be required to do this or face possible fines and legal battles.
Who is opposed to Repealing the Rain Tax mandate and who supports it?
Keep the Rain Tax:
Baltimore County Executive
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Prince Georges County Executive
Repeal the Rain Tax:
Harford County Executive
Howard County Executive
many more citizens and businesses
I will continue to work to Repeal the Rain Tax.
Here’s a funny video on Maryland’s Rain Tax:
You’re Being Polled!
What Do YOU Think?
My District 7 Team and I are conducting a poll. I hope you can take a few minutes to tell me your opinion on issues that are important to you and your family.
Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends. Your opinion counts!
Thank you for your continued 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