Archives for May 2011

District 39 Legislative Wrap-Up Meeting: Sunday, May 22

The District 39 Legislative Team


Come discuss the recently concluded legislative session at the District 39 Legislative Wrap-Up Meeting to be held on May 22nd from 3:00-4:30pm at the Stedwick Community Center located at 10401 Stedwick Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. I will be there along with Senator Nancy King and Delegates Charles Barkley and Kirill Reznik. This is a free event and is open to all District 39 residents.

A lot happened this session. We’d love to discuss it with you and get your feedback as we make plans for next session. We hope to see you there!
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Maryland DREAM Act and PEPCO Bill Signed into Law

This week, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the DREAM Act and the Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act–commonly referred to as the PEPCO Bill–into law. I was a proud co-sponsor of both of these bills, and am thrilled that they are now law.

  • The Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act requires the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to set strict reliability standards for electric companies doing business in Maryland.  Penalties will be imposed on companies that do not meet these standards, and under this law penalties may not be passed onto the consumers. Residents of Montgomery County have suffered greatly during numerous power outages in recent history, and this bill begins the process of holding PEPCO accountable.
  • The DREAM Act allows undocumented students that have been attending Maryland public high schools to attend community college at in-state tuition rates. For students to qualify for the DREAM Act they, or their parents, must prove that they’ve been paying Maryland taxes for three years. After two years in community college, qualifying students may continue their education at one of Maryland’s universities if accepted. This bill is a good step towards ensuring that more of our children receive as much education as possible. We know education leads to safer, healthier, more prosperous communities, and this bill helps solidify that foundation.
  • Governor O’Malley also signed one of the three bills I passed this session. HB-881 sets up a regulatory framework for the bio-diesel/waste kitchen grease industry. If we are to successfully urge consumers to seek out greener energy sources, we need to address the issues that arise as a result. This bill targets the issue of waste kitchen grease theft from restaurants.

In the next few weeks I plan on announcing an the date for my first post-session event. I plan on making this an annual opportunity to meet with constituents, and hear directly from them about their concerns. Please look out for this announcement, and I hope to see you there.

Statement on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

The death of Osama bin Laden is a milestone in the worldwide fight against terrorism. We owe a great deal to President Obama, and the servicemen and women who made this moment possible.

Bin Laden’s death ensures that his attacks against us are over, but al-Qaeda, and organizations like it, will continue their campaigns of terror and violent extremism. In the long run, if we want to successfully defeat terrorism we will need to increase our diplomatic and humanitarian efforts around the globe, while decreasing direct military intervention.

Additionally, I echo Governor O’Malley’s sentiment that this should be a day of reflection and prayer for a more peaceful future.

By Authority: Friends of Shane Robinson; Mary Robinson, Treasurer.