News Release, Office of Maryland Delegate Matt Morgan- D29A

I wanted to take a moment to give a quick update about a couple of the bills that have had hearings.

HB 1018-St. Mary’s County – Public Safety – Special Police Officers Pilot Program

This legislation makes a small change in who can hire and assign Special Police Officers, with the intent to utilize SPO’s as a supplement to our County’s School safety initiatives. It allows a government entity such as the Sheriff, to request a special police officer (SPO) and allows them to be placed at local schools with written consent from the school system. I believe this could have a strong and meaningful effect on the ability to achieve our goal of having a qualified armed officerat every school that wants them. I thank the Sheriff and the County Board of Commissioners for their support of this legislation.

HB 609 – Income Tax – Credit for Long-Term Care Premiums

This bill allows a taxpayer to claim a tax credit against State Income tax equal to 100% of the eligible long term care premium paidduring the taxable yearfor long term care insurance covering the taxpayer, spouse, parent, stepparent child or stepchild.

Having an annual tax credit on premiums incentivizes people to plan earlier for long term care and will prevent folks from ending up on Medicaid, having spent their savings and assets for long term care costs.

HB 1261 –Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squads – Member Disability and Death Benefits – Appeals Process

This legislation was requested constituents, lifetime volunteer Firemen in Leonardtown. The legislation seeks to establish an appeals board and appeals process for volunteer firefighters and rescue squad members who have been injured and have had their application for benefits denied by the Board of Trustees. Currently, the only thing in place for such cases is to take it to litigation. This bill seeks to provide a median step for a mutual resolution.

HB 166- Minimum wage

An amendment was introduced by my colleague, Delegate Parrot to allow individual counties to determine the minimum wage. I feel this is a common-sense measure- the business, labor force and job market need widely vary all across the regions of this state. It only makes sense to allow for local determination, how best to serve the needs of the community. In fact, if we claim local courtesy for local control over the public school calendar, it should stand that local courtesy would apply in this case as well.

The vote on the amendment broke down on party lines and was defeated.

Upcoming

HB 546 CriminalProcedure – Supervised Probation – Convicted Sex Offenders

This legislation would require that a convicted sex offender’s length of parole/probation be the same amount of time that they are required to be on the sex offender registry.

Bill would tie sex offenders’ probation to time on sex registry

Hearing on March 6thin Judiciary at 1pm. If you are interested in submitting testimony, or appearing in person to testify, please contact my office.

Scholarship

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 at 410-841-3170

Complete Scholarship applications must be emailed to my office or postmarked by May 1, 2019.

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 at 410-841-3170/ 301-858-3170 or toll-free 800-492-7122 ext. 3170 or email me atmatt.morgan@house.state.md.us

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

Warm regards,

Matt_Signature.png

Matt Morgan
State Delegate 29A

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...