News Release, Maryland General Assembly Minority Caucus
Annapolis, MD: House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga released the following statement regarding legislation that passed the House by the “Crossover Date”
The “Crossover Date” is a legislative deadline by which bills must be passed and sent to the Senate. Bills that pass the House after this date face additional legislative hurdles and are less likely to receive final passage this year.
“As the crossover deadline passes, I’m glad to see a number of good bills move forward,” said House Minority Leader Nic Kipke. “We have expanded the Governor’s P-Tech program and we have directed more dollars to school construction. We’ve expanded workers’ compensation insurance to cover additional cancers for firefighters and ensured that military death benefits are not taxed; these are just a few examples of the good things that are coming out of the House of Delegates. But, little has happened so far to address the serious issue of violent crime and to truly increase judicial transparency. For too long violent criminals have been allowed to walk our streets with impunity, terrorizing our communities. At the same time our judiciary has operated in the shadows, obscuring our view of the justice system and what is and what is not working. We can end these things but only if we work together.”
“We have done a lot of good work on behalf of the people of Maryland,” said House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga. “We have passed legislation that will increase penalties for drunk or drugged driving. We have also passed an initiative that will require consideration of small business impact in policy decisions.Butthere are many bills that cause great concern. The House Democratshave pushed through bills that put more onerous restrictions on the second amendment,legislation that could drain transportation funding, and bills that hurt small businesses includingwatermen and farmers.Whether our Democrat colleagues realize it or not, there are long-term, real-life consequences to the actions we take in this body; even those seemingly motivated by crass political calculations. Here’s to hoping their counterparts in the Senate have a modicum of common sense left in their collective mind.”