Hitting the Ground Running (January 9, 2017)
After a long and turbulent year, we’ve made it to 2017 and the start of Maryland’s 437th Legislative Session. My staff and I have been working hard to make this a successful session for Gaithersburg, Rockville, Montgomery County, and our entire State.
Introducing My Team
My staff and interns are smart, dedicated, and experienced. Justin Fiore, who worked with us in 2016, returns as my Chief of Staff after gaining insights from his work in the Senate President’s office. Katherine “Kat” Donnelly, my Legislative Aide, is busy helping to finalize our agenda.
Our team is enhanced by the presence of Legacy Fellow David Fosse as well as interns Abbey Viado (our casework miracle worker since 2015!), Phillip Waugh, and Brad Fallon. Each has both legislative and constituent-related responsibilities.
What’s on the Agenda
- Enhancing our 9-1-1 Emergency System
Continuing the the work I began last year in memory of wonderful Rockville resident and activist Carl Henn to make our 9-1-1 system more reliable;
- Protecting Consumers
Prohibiting “bait and switch” at the gas pump and restricting the swiping and storing of personal data from our driver’s licenses;
- Increasing Election Access and Transparency
Modifying our election laws to provide for greater access and transparency; and
- Supporting Non-Profits
Providing short term micro-loans to bridge funding gaps that many organizations experience.
Working for You…
I hope my weekly emails during the legislative session provide helpful insights on my third year in the State Senate. Over the next 90 days, my staff and I will be eager to hear your thoughts on pending legislation and assist you with any challenges with our State government agencies.