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April 9, 2021
We’re almost done! Our Senate leadership implemented a comprehensive regimen of COVID-19 protocols that has kept us safe and healthy. (It’s a bit miraculous that we did not have to adjourn early.)
Preparing for Adjournment
In the final days, legislation flies back and forth between the Senate and the House as we negotiate the details of prudent policies. From alcohol bills to school resource officers to climate solutions, legislators are seeking common ground before we adjourn on Monday at midnight. One of the most contentious and important negotiations was over police reform. Read on for more details.
Presenting, Amending, Debating… and Passing Police Reform
As we watch the Chauvin trial in Minneapolis unfold, we’re reminded of our anguish and outrage at the senseless murder of George Floyd and too many others. The tragic events of last summer ignited a passion for addressing public safety, civil rights, and police accountability. My colleagues and I spent countless hours debating these issues. From 10 pieces of legislation, we settled on 5 mostly bipartisan bills that cover use of force, body-worn cameras, no-knock warrants, and more. As Chair of the Next Generation 9-1-1 Commission, I shared my thoughts during the lengthy floor debate.
I was moved by my visit to the George Floyd Memorial in Minneapolis last summer.
UPDATE: Governor Hogan just vetoed three of the five bills. The Senate will convene tomorrow at noon and is likely to override all three Hogan vetoes.
Gambling to Provide Education Funding
Whether or not you like to try your luck, new sports betting legislation is slated to provide significant revenue for our public schools as we implement the Kirwan Commission’s 10-year “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.” Funds will also be allocated to support minority, women, and small businesses across the state.
Honoring a Radio Legend
In the midst of our busy schedule, the Senate paused as I welcomed longtime WAMU radio host, Kojo Nnamdi, to the chamber (virtually). As I mentioned in my remarks, for 23 years, Kojo has educated, entertained, and inspired us. I (and many of my colleagues) have enjoyed being guests on his show. Fortunately, he hasn’t completely left the airwaves; you can still hear him each Friday at noon for his Politics Hour.
Calling All College Applicants!
Legislative scholarships provide needed support for undergrad and graduate students. Each semester, I present awards to deserving students who undergo a rigorous application process with my volunteer Senatorial Scholarship Selection Committee. To be considered for the Fall 2021 Semester, individuals must submit their application no later than April 28th at 5:00 pm. To learn more, please visit my website.
Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
(Gaithersburg & Rockville)
PS: My wonderful staff continues to work with me to resolve pending Unemployment Insurance claims for my Gaithersburg and Rockville constituents. You might want to check out this letter to the Governor that I featured in a tweet.