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Thank you for visiting my website! It is an honor to serve the residents of Rockville and Gaithersburg as District 17’s State Senator.
My staff and I have been working hard from home to provide resources during the pandemic; address constituent challenges with Unemployment Insurance; and prepare my legislative agenda for 2021. The legislative session in Annapolis will be starting soon, and you can find information on how the Senate and House plan to conduct the people’s business on the General Assembly website.
Protecting public safety remains my top priority. The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Commission that I chair has continued to meet virtually. Anyone in the State can now text to 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. It is vitally important that you still call if you need police, fire, or paramedic. However, if you cannot make a call, send a text. The Commission is approaching the end of its third report, and you can find the 2018 and 2019 reports on my website.
And of course, prior to the pandemic was the 2020 Legislative Session. Even though the onset of COVID-19 lead to an abbreviated calendar, I was successful in enacting several key initiatives, including a few that became extremely helpful during this unprecedented time. Some of my bills that became law include:
- Reducing the burden our health care workers face during this public health crisis by authorizing telehealth services;
- Enhancing our democracy with prepaid postage for mail-in ballots– allowing more people to avoid voting in-person;
- Improving our 9-1-1 emergency system by:
- Verifying the accurate collection and remittance of 9-1-1 fees;
- Providing more support and training for First Responders; and
- Restructuring the Board to include more 9-1-1 Specialists;
- Increasing transparency in several State Agencies by requiring the posting of meeting agendas online, live video-streaming, and sharing minutes;
- Saving taxpayers and nonprofits time and money by streamlining government grant processes across State agencies; and
- Strengthening accountability in government by expanding the one year “cooling off period” to statewide elected officials and raising the penalties for public officials who accept bribes.
If you need help with a State agency or want to share your opinion, please contact me at Cheryl.Kagan@senate.state.md.us. I am also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and recently began a podcast called “Kibbitzing with Kagan” that you can find on my YouTube channel. I encourage you to sign up in order to stay informed!
Please stay healthy and stay safe!
Cheryl C. Kagan
District 17 (Rockville & Gaithersburg)
PS: There have been many opportunities to share my expertise with local TV and radio reporters during this time as well. I appeared on both The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi and the weekly “State Circle” on MPT; you can find more press pieces on my In The News 2020 page.