From Del. Mary Ann Lisanti:
Happy Maryland Day!
Update from the 2015 Regular Session in Annapolis
Well if you didn’t already know today is Maryland Day! It is an official state holiday where we commemorate the state’s history and heritage. Today commemorates the landing of the first colonists on St. Clement’s Island including Lord Baltimore. The colonists arrived on two ships, the Ark and the Dove. On March 25, 1634 the new Maryland colonists held a ceremony to give thanks for their safe arrival.
The colony was founded two years earlier on June 20th, 1632 under the 2nd Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert, granted by King Charles I of England. The grant was first given to the father of Cecil Calvert, Sir George Calvert the first Lord Baltimore. They wanted to establish a colony for Roman Catholics where they could practice their religion freely, a freedom which was extended to all in the colony.
The Colony was a gift by the King to the Calvert family under certain conditions. One of those conditions being that the colony be named after his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria. It was named “Mary-Land” or Maryland as we call our great State today.
Bi- Partisan Budget Passed
Working late into the evening during Session. With a few double Sessions last week, the House of Delegates passed a truly bi-partisan budget. HB 70 – Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2016) passed on 3rd reader with 129 votes for and only 10 votes against. It’s not every day that 129 Delegates from both parties agree on anything.
In this budget we were able to keep our commitment to Education, those in need and our first responders, by restoring some funding. Also maintaining our commitment to the State pension fund. We did this without raising taxes and still cutting wasteful spending from the budget, including cutting the deficit by 74%.
Aside from passing a budget it is “Crossover” week. On the 69th day of Session, bills from the opposite Chambers crossover. This week we passed along the last of the House of Delegate’s bills and we are starting our work on many of nearly a thousand bills introduced by the Senate. We will continue with the same process of hearings, amendments and voting on many of these bills on the House floor before they are sent to the Governor.
Have a great rest of your Maryland Day!
Mary Ann Lisanti
Delegate, District 34A