Ocean City Today

GOP women look at issues before General Assembly

Readers' Forum
Mar 01, 2018



printed 03/02/2018



Since I haven’t seen any local news coverage of important legislation under consideration in Annapolis, we thought we’d let our fellow Lower Shore citizens know what’s up.

The “Sanctuary State” legislation (called “The TRUST Act” last year) is back in the guise of “The SAFE Act.”

House Bill 1461 will be heard in the Judiciary Committee on March 13. Now would be a good time to contact members of the Judiciary Committee to voice any concerns you may have. Contact information for all Maryland legislators (including committee assignments) is easily available on the website mgaleg.maryland.gov.

There are several bills regarding voting in Maryland which should be of grave concern:

Voting by Mail (Senate Bill 547 – Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee).

Same Day Registration/Voting (this would be a Constitutional Amendment – S B 594 -Education, Health and Environmental Affairs and HB 532 (Ways & Means;).

Automatic Voter Registration (House Bill 152 – Ways & Means Committee/Senate Bill 1048 – Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee).

It’s not all bad, though. Gov. Hogan has proposed legislation (SB 135 – Budget & Taxation Committee - and HB 98 – Economic Matters Committee) that would mitigate the some of the harmful effects of the “Paid Sick Leave” bill passed last year. He has also proposed bills regarding government accountability and, especially, accountability regarding our public schools.

It would also be helpful to inform our local legislators, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, Del. Charles Ott and Del. Carl Anderton, as well as Sen. James Mathias, of your opinion.

Carol Frazier, Legislative Chair

Republican Women of Worcester County

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