MD lawmakers speak on priorities ahead of upcoming legislative session

 

MARYLAND – “Walking into session I think it’s going to be a lot of wait and see,” State Delegate Chris Adams said.

Change is the word Maryland lawmakers are using ahead of the upcoming 445th legislative session as a new governor, administration, and new state legislators head to Annapolis. “Wes Moore will probably have different priorities. Probably none worse or better but just different. It’s my job to make sure we work collaboratively with the administration through my role in the legislature,” Delegate Adams said.

Senator MaryBeth Carozza says her goals will be centered around public safety and efforts to strengthen support for education across her district. “Worcester County puts in the overwhelming amount for education funding as opposed to the state. We also have different needs in Worcester County compared to some other school districts across the bridge,” Senator Carozza said.

Senator Carozza also tells us she was recently appointed to the new formed Senate Executive Nominations Committee and will continue her work with reorganized Senate Education, Health, Energy & Environmental Affairs Committee.  

Delegate Chris Adams says much of his work will be connected to his role on the Economic Matters Committee, with a big focus on maintaining key industries here on the shore. “On the eastern shore there’s a lot of flat farmlands which end up being prime opportunity for solar projects. As an Eastern Shore representative who wants to see agriculture and poultry remain strong, I need to push back,” Delegate Adams said.

Delegate Adams also tells 47ABC another focus for the legislature is to pass the budget introduced by Governor Larry Hogan.

The 2022 General Election saw the referendum for recreational marijuana use for adults move forward.

Despite that, those we spoke with say there will be lots of discussion on how to implement it. “So now you’re going to see a very intense effort to put something in place that really will have to be very fair across the board,” Senator Carozza said.

“We as a legislature will have to determine how we’re going to create safe roads, safe work environments, and the health changes that come with legalizing a new substance,” Delegate Adams said.

Senator Carozza adds she’s already pre-filed a bill to strengthen support for law enforcement in Crisfield.  It’s a measure that would establish a retirement system for the department to help retain and recruit more officers.

The 445th legislative session is set to start on January 11th.

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