As the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly enters into the last week, I would like to take an opportunity to update you on several bills that I believed to be noteworthy. These are certainly not all there is, and in the week ahead, I will update you further on legislation and information to share.

Healthcare

My bill,HB1509the Copper Plan was not moved out of committee. But it did successfully bring a potential solution to the table for discussion for the 174,000 people that currently do not have health insurance because they make too much to receive an Obamacare subsidy, yet are priced out of current health insurance options.

The General Assembly chose instead to advanceHB1782, which constitutes levying a 2.75%, $380 million dollar tax on all private health insurance providers to fund what is essentially a Band-Aid of Obamacare. I believe there are other solutions to solving our health insurance problems and I voted NO on this bill.

HB1635– Mental Health Law – Involuntary Admissions – Procedures

This bill specifies that the Maryland Department of Health must provide for the admission of an emergency involuntary patient to a State facility or another appropriate facilitywithin six hoursof receiving notification from an examining physician who is unable to have an emergency patient admitted to a facility involuntarily. It also prohibits a hearing officer from ordering the release of an individual who meets the requirements for involuntary admission on the grounds that the patient was kept at an emergency facility for more than 30 hours in violation of the law. I support this legislation.

Illegal Immigration

HB420– Higher Education – Financial Aid – In-State Students

This bill will grant illegal immigrants eligibility to receive taxpayer dollars in the form of student financial aid. Essentially, the pool of students applying for need-based scholarships will increase, all competing for a finite amount of financial aid, funded and provided by taxpayers. I voted against this because of the detrimental effects on American students.

HB1461– Criminal Procedure – Immigration – Supporting All Families Everywhere (SAFE Act)

This bill is the new version of the sanctuary state bill. This bill encourages lawlessness by granting criminal or civil immunity to any state or local government official (Law Enforcement officer) for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that will be used for certain purposes, such as verifying immigration status. I do not support this bill. The likelihood of this bill moving in the last week is slim, meaning that for the second year we stopped Maryland from becoming a Sanctuary State.

Elections

HB532 – Elective Franchise – Registration and Voting at Precinct Polling Place

This bill opens our elections to potential voter fraud by allowing anyone to register to vote and vote on Election Day, at the polling precinct. This clearly negates any effort to validate legitimate voter registration and I voted no on this.

SB1048– Secure and Accessible Registration Act

This bill will require the MVA to automatically register people to vote at the point of MVA transactions (license renewals, etc.) Current law already exists that require MVA employees to ask whether an individual would like to register. Again, this has the great potential to lead to voter fraud. I voted against this bill.

Scholarships

Every year, each Senator and Delegate in the Maryland General Assembly receives legislative scholarship funds through the Maryland Higher Education Commission to award to their constituents who are pursuing higher education. If you live in District 29A in the Northern portion of St. Mary’s County and are pursuing a degree, you may qualify to receive an award from the Office of Delegate Matt Morgan. You must be enrolled in a Maryland Institute of Higher Education, or have an approved “unique major” status from MHEC to attend an out of state school. To apply for “unique major status” please visitwww.mhec.state.md.us

You can obtain the instructions and materials for this year’s scholarships atwww.voteformattmorgan.comor by calling the office at410-841-3170

Complete Scholarship applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2018.

Office Contact

If you have a concern or legislative idea, or if you have a constituent issue that you need assistance on please call my office at410-841-3170/301-858-3170or toll-free800-492-7122 ext. 3170or email me atmatt.morgan@house.state.md.us

I look forward to hearing from you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Warm regrads,

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Matt Morgan
State Delegate 29A