The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly is having another public meeting in Ellicott City on February 20th. Here is the recent notification I received via email:

Public Notice for Hearing on Statewide Issues

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Terri Hill, will hold a public hearing for citizen input on statewide issues that may be considered by the legislature during the upcoming legislative session.  The hearing is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD

Howard County local bills and bonds that have not yet had a public hearing will also be heard at this time. No Howard County local bills or bond requests that were previously given a public hearing will be heard. The agenda for the hearing will be available at a later date.

While speaking is not a requirement, the Delegation will hear testimony from members of the public on any statewide issue they would like to bring to the Delegation’s attention. There will be a 3 minute limit to testimonies. Signup will begin at 7:00pm in the Banneker Room and will close at 7:20pm. Advance sign up is not available. You are encouraged to bring 15 – 20 copies of your testimony for the Delegation.

For further information, please feel free to contact me. 

Sincerely,

Kam Bridges
Howard County Delegation Administrator
Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland House of Delegates
6 Bladen Street, Room 214B
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: 410 -841-3360, 301-858-3360
hoc1@mlis.state.md.us

A couple of things about the upcoming meeting:

It is a bit of a bummer that “No Howard County local bills or bond requests that were previously given a public hearing will be heard”…particularly if ones are still being discussed in delegation meetings in Annapolis….I mean if it is still an open item with the delegation…shouldn’t we have another opportunity to weigh in on those issues? I get we had one opportunity previously…but I just wish we had more than one opportunity to weigh in on issues going to Annapolis. Just my own little wish list item.

One additional wish list item…the “You are encouraged to bring 15 – 20 copies of your testimony” needs to come to an end. In this day and age of laptops, iPads and other devices in which those elected can receive electronic information from us…I would think that we would have the ability to send in our testimony electronically and not have to kill so many trees and not waste so much paper.

Those are my wish list items for today.

When the agenda is released…I will try and get out another post.

Stay warm today…I have been out and about a couple of times today and it really is that cold out…I miss the summer.

Scott E

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