General Assembly Week Update – Week Seven

Dear Friend:

February is over and we are now half way through the 2018 session. To finish the month off I’d like to follow-up on a couple bills and announcements.

  • House Bill 119 –Calvert County – Deer Management Permits
  • Senate Bill 190 – Election Law – International Observers. There is some good news about this bill.
  • Governor Hogan has announced that citizens will soon be able to contact 911 services with text messages
  • March is Red Cross Month

House Bill 119

House Bill 119 has been passed by the House of Delegates. The will extend Deer Management permits to residents to help prevent crop loss and damage. This long awaited bill will heard in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs soon. Thank you for your support.

Senate Bill 190

The Election Observer Bill, Senate Bill 190, has been recommitted to committee. While the bill is not dead, it is now next to impossible that it will be passed this session. The bill collapse was stunning to see. Senator Miller himself was the deciding factor in sending the bill back to committee. This proves the bill was fundamentally flawed. Thankfully Marylanders will not have to worry about poorly vetted foreign observers wandering around in their voting places.

911 Text Message Services

Governor Hogan has introduce a new 911 service that will soon be able to support text messages. This means you can contact and communicate with them via text messages. Not only will this allow people who are deaf or cannot speak to reach 911, it will allow anyone to silently text 911 if they are in the middle of an emergency and cannot make any sounds. Just a note for our more tech savvy readers, text messages to 911 can only contain text; that means no pictures or videos. Any counties that choose to participate in the service are hoping to have it ready for public use byMay 1.

March is Red Cross Month

This week I was honored to sponsor the American Red Cross in the House of Delegates. Several executive members were recognized in the House and then spent time updating Delegates and Senators on recent efforts and available resources. Check out my facebook page for pictures and link to the March Red Cross site.

Delegate Jerry Clark