Ensuring Fairness & Safety (March 8, 2016)


Prohibiting Bait & Switch at Gas Stations 
Have you ever stopped at a gas station and been surprised when you saw the final cost?
Many gas stations charge more for those paying with credit and/or debit cards. Because over three-fourths of consumers buy gas using plastic, it is deceptive to solely promote the cash price. To address this, I introduced SB 1127, which requires gas stations to post the higher, rather than the lower price.  With no additional cost to station owners, we can end unexpected costs to consumers.
Enhancing Our Emergency Technology
Last week, my bills SB 686, “Carl Henn’s Law,” and SB 424, were heard by the Senate Finance Committee. These proposals would update our 9-1-1 call centers and require that analyses be more frequent, standardized, and shared with key stakeholders.  
Among the witnesses who testified was Carol Henn, Carl’s widow.  She spoke eloquently about the day her husband was struck by lightning at a Rockville park.  Carl’s friends frantically called  9-1-1 for help but received only busy signals.  Updating our emergency centers as technology develops will ensure that we can meet the needs of our residents.
Witnesses testifying for SB 686 and SB 424, including Carol Henn (fourth from right).
Committee hearings are recorded; you can click here to watch! 
Different Issues Every Day
As you may recall, I serve on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. A large part of my work in the Senate involves listening to testimony on a wide range of topics. Our hearings generally begin at 1:00pm and last until well past dinnertime (or later!).  We consider legislation related to education policy; business regulations; election law; energy management; environmental protection; ethics rules; liquor control; local government; and veterans affairs, to name a few.  Hearings are streamed live if you’re curious to hear more.
Stay in touch with me through my Facebook page, my Twitter account, and my Instagram. For information on upcoming legislation and special events, both in District 17 and Annapolis, visit my website.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me.
Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
Rockville & Gaithersburg
P.S.  In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the Cat in the Hat came to the  
State House for the 19th annual “Read Across America Day.” Be sure to read aloud to the young people in your life!