From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
Transparency & Accountability
Do you think we need more transparency in Government? I do.
Right now, citizens are able to follow issues and their representatives in Annapolis with a few major exceptions. The only access to the Maryland House and Senate floor sessions are audio. With 141 members of the House and 47 senators, it’s virtually impossible for citizens to know who is talking without any video. Committee hearings are available in video and audio format, but voting sessions are not.
It’s time to make floor sessions and voting sessions transparent and accessible on the Internet.
I have introduced HB 316 General Assembly – Live and Archived Video Streaming of Meetings. (http://marylandreporter.com/2016/01/28/live-from-annapolis-its-the-maryland-general-assembly-maybe-some-day/)
When I am Maryland’s United States Senator, I will work to make the federal government open, accessible, and transparent. With today’s technology, there is no excuse to deny access to interested citizens.
Should Schools Start After Labor Day?
The agriculture community and the tourism industry support staring public school after Labor Day. 4H kids work all year to participate in the State Fair, yet they have difficulty making that happen with a mid-August start date. The economic benefits of extending summer vacation and summer jobs for our youth have been estimated at almost $80 million in growth and wages. A bi-partisan coalition is supporting this idea.
I will be introducing a House Joint Resolution strongly encouraging the 24 public school systems in Maryland to start school after Labor Day. I believe in local decision making by our school systems, and that is why I am not introducing a law to mandate this policy. However, parents, students, businesses, and farmers believe their desires are falling on deaf ears. We hear you!! We are sending a message to all our school boards and superintendents from Annapolis.