2018 General Assembly Session: Week 5









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2018 General Assembly Session: Week 5

I was out with pneumonia for the latter part of this week (yuck!), but that didn’t stop things from happening! Thankfully I have an excellent legislative aide, Sean Mullin, who testified for me on a very important bill; and a great delegation vice-chair, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, who handled a busy Montgomery County delegation meeting for me with ease. Thank you Sean and Dave!

Speaker Mike Busch and the House of Delegates honoring the world-class University of Maryland Medical Center Transplant Team last Tuesday.

Tuesday
My bill, HB 104, was voted out of subcommittee. It’s a small bill that would allow people signing up for licenses with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make voluntary donations to protect the Chesapeake Bay. DNR estimates that this legislation will lead to an extra $200k or more in funding each year to restore our Bay. Many Marylanders are happy to donate to worthy causes, but you need to ask and this bill does that.

Also on Tuesday we honored the University of Maryland Medical Center Transplant Team, and in the Environment &Transportation Committee we heard a bill that would decrease the amount of time it takes to get organs to hospitals so that they can perform lifesaving transplants. Speaker Busch’s life was saved last year by his sister’s organ donation and the top-notch quality of medical professionals in Maryland.

While we have great medical institutions in this state, we can’t forget that access and affordability are still a huge problem for so many people. That is why I always support legislation that would create a public option for Marylanders. This session my District 39 colleague, Delegate Kirill Reznik, filed HB 660 which would create a public option called Healthcare Maryland.
 

HB 106 Hearing 

I was at the hearing for HB 106 which would help get transplant organs to hospitals more quickly – a matter of life or death. This is the Speaker’s bill, and he was in committee to testify.

Wednesday
The Women’s Legislative Caucus led by Delegate Ariana Kelly met early Wednesday morning to approve recommendations to combat the scourge of sexual harassment and assault that has plagued legislative bodies across the country. Their recommendations were approved unanimously and will move on to a commission established by the presiding officers of the House and Senate. Delegates Carol Krimm and David Fraser-Hidalgo chaired the work group that led to the recommendations. I was in the audience as an observer and was delighted that some of the recommendations from a letter I penned in November of 2016 were added to the list. That letter was initially signed by 15 members, and eventually 27 during the 2017 legislative session. The letter was never distributed publicly, but here it is below.

MGA Sexual Harassment Policy Letter 11-29-16 by Shane Robinson on Scribd

Thursday
My bill, HB 13 – Vehicle Laws – Licenses, Identification Cards, and Moped Operator’s Permits – Indication of Applicant’s Sex  was heard in the Environment & Transportation Committee. Unfortunately I was out with pneumonia, but Sean Mullin did a great job testifying for me. The bill seeks to do two things:

  1. Prohibit the state from requiring proof of a person’s sex when applying for a driver’s license.
  2. Allow for a person to list their sex as unspecified on a driver’s license.

I watched the hearing from bed and was pleased at how well it went, although I was surprised at some of the questions from my colleagues and was reminded of how far we still have to come as a society in terms of understanding and fully accepting the trans community. Washington DC already does this, along with Washington State, Oregon and California. Maryland should do it too!

Also on Thursday HB 104 was voted out of committee. It’s scheduled for debate on the House floor on February 13th, and with a little luck my first bill of the session will get voted out of the House on the 14th. How’s that for a Valentine’s Day gift? Let it be our gift to the Chesapeake Bay.

Friday
I was still out with pneumonia on Friday and had to miss the Montgomery County House Delegation meeting. In my three years as Chair of the Delegation this is the first meeting that I’ve missed, and hopefully the last. Needless to say, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo did a great job in my place. Here’s what happened at the meeting. You can find out about what the Delegation is up to here.

Duck and Cover?

The tunnels between the State House and the adjoining office buildings have been around for awhile… and so has this sign. 

If you’re a District 39 resident and you’d like a tour of some of the nooks and crannies of our State Capitol, just call my office at 301-858-3021. I always want to hear from constituents, and what better way than during a stroll around the grounds?

Chancery Lane

A view of the State House from Chancery Lane – an alley connecting State Circle and Main Street.

Let’s take a walk around Annapolis!

 

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2018 General Assembly Session: Week 3

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Annapolis Update: Week 3

A lot happened this week, including bill hearings, a rally to protect our air, discussion of the plan to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Montgomery County, and much more!

Monday
The Montgomery County Democratic Caucus met with County Executive Ike Leggett to discuss our proposal to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Montgomery County. There will likely be a lot more coverage of this over the course of the session. Read more here:

Later on Monday Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo and I met with the Chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Delegate Cheryl Glenn, to discuss how the selection process for medical marijuana growing licenses can be improved. Currently there are no licensees from Montgomery County despite several good applications.

Delegates Robinson and Carr with Moms Demand Action

Tuesday
Moms Demand Action met with me and Delegate Al Carr to discuss a bill that would take guns away from domestic abusers. We both agreed to cosponsor the legislation. According to the group, women are five times as likely to be murdered by their partner if there is a gun present in the house. Domestic abusers should not have access to firearms.

The Environment & Transportation Committee

The committee I serve on had its first bill hearings this week. We also had briefings on the budget, and the state of agriculture in Maryland.

Wednesday
There was a rally and press conference for HB 26 – The Community Healthy Air Act. Currently we aren’t monitoring the air quality around factory farms, despite a higher level of upper respiratory disorders and other illnesses in surrounding communities. This bill requires the Department of the Environment to monitor and report on air quality so that we can better understand and respond to health problems affecting Marylanders living near industrial agriculture.

Speaking in favor of HB 26 – The Community Healthy Air Act

Also on Wednesday I presented my first bill of the session. HB 104 makes it easier to donate to programs and projects that help the Chesapeake Bay when you are buying a license through the Department of Natural Resource’s website. Many hunters, fisherman, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are very willing to donate to help the bay. This bill makes donating easier.

Meeting with leaders of US Wind to discuss my 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2035 bill. It was a great meeting, and with a few improvements to the legislation we may be able to move the target to 2029!

Thursday
More hearings and meetings. Bill hearings in the Environment & Transportation Committee generally begin at 1pm. These hearings are recorded so you can watch them at your convinience. For more information on the committee, and what bills we’re hearing, click here.

Friday
The Montgomery County House Delegation met at 9am for a briefing from Senator Ben Cardin, local bill hearings, and a voting session. You can learn more about the delegation here, and next week’s agenda is already posted. Meetings are open to the public.

Bill Introduction & Rally for 100% Clean Energy!

Join us for a rally and press conference to officially introduce the bill that will move Maryland to 100% clean energy! This is the strongest climate bill ever introduced in Annapolis

Finally, Bethesda Magazine posted an article today entitled Leggett Accuses District 39 Incumbents of Deciding Primary Slate in ‘Smoke-Filled Room’. While it is everyone’s right to endorse and support any candidate, I take issue with the innuendo directed at my legislative team. The County Executive has never spoken with me about our process for selecting Lesley Lopez as a member of the District 39 Slate, and to my knowledge he has never met with her. The following quote is completely out of character for someone who I have always found to be a thoughtful leader and statesman.

“When our legislators decide in the back rooms, the smoke-filled room, that they’re going to concoct other candidates, some of whom we’ve never known or never heard from—their background and their status … questionable in terms of ethnicity and what have you [and] to say we’re going to do this over a qualified candidate who has been working for [District] 39 and for Democrats years on years, that to me is unacceptable,” Leggett declared.

Mr. Leggett, you owe Lesley Lopez and her family an apology.

2018 Maryland General Assembly Session: Week 2

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Annapolis Update: Week 2

Another busy week in the Maryland General Assembly!

Over the weekend there was a great piece on my 100% clean, renewable electricity bill. It’s worth watching if you’re interested in why getting to 100% as soon as possible is so important.

 

We need 100% clean, renewable energy now.

Monday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is always a special day in the Maryland General Assembly, and to our state as a whole. While President Trump spent the day golfing, many others spent the day honoring his legacy by volunteering. Also, as Ben Jealous mentioned, it’s important to not forget his widow, Coretta Scott King.

Maryland Democrats Standing up to Trump’s Tax Plan

Tuesday
We held a press conference to outline three bills designed to provide relief to Maryland tax payers. In total Marylanders are expected to lose $680 million in personal exemptions because of the disastrous tax bill passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by Donald Trump. Republicans are essentially forcing Marylanders to pay taxes on our taxes, and this will not stand. Providing tax relief is a major priority for Democrats during the 2018 session. Stay tuned as this process unfolds.

The State of the Bay

On Wednesday the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Commission briefed the Environment and Transportation Committee on the state of the bay. Bottom line: it’s getting better, but a LONG way to go.

Thursday
The Environment & Transportation Committee was briefed by the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. There are many great members of the commission, but not a lot has been accomplished yet. Their goal is a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. A great goal! But where’s the plan? Check out the commission’s 2017 annual report here.

2018 Maryland Environmental Summit

Attorney General Brian Frosh addresses the crowd. While under the Trump administration Scott Pruitt and the EPA have attacked Maryland, but Frosh has fought back.

Thursday evening: With the best Sheriff in Maryland! MoCo Sheriff Darren Popkin.

Friday
I’m honored to be the Chairman of the Montgomery County House Delegation for the fourth year in a row. Today we met for the first time this session and accomplished a lot. Generally we meet on Friday mornings. I encourage you to sign up for updates on our website, and get involved. This is a democracy. We need you!

Finally…
For everyone’s sake, I really hope the federal government doesn’t shutdown tonight. It’s horrible for Maryland and I can’t believe we’re in this situation. In Maryland we are required by our constitution to pass a balanced budget each year. Unfortunately that is not the case at the federal level, and even though Republicans control all branches of government, they’re trying to blame Democrats for the possible shutdown. It’s baffling.

Bill Introduction & Rally for 100% Clean Energy!

Thursday, February 1st at 12pm
Lawyer’s Mall, Annapolis

Please join me for a rally on clean energy! Immediately afterwards I will introduce the 100% clean, renewable electricity by 2035 bill. No dirty energy or half-measures in this bill. RSVP here.

Please join me for a reception on June 29th

Dear Friends,

We accomplished a lot together in the 2017 session of the General Assembly. Among our victories we can count paid sick leave for our working families, a comprehensive fracking ban, and limits on antibiotic usage in our farms, which I was the lead sponsor of, to keep Marylanders healthy in the wake of a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 In Montgomery County, we secured more than $55 million in capital funding with additional grants to help improve and renovate our parks, libraries, schools, and infrastructure. As Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation I am proud of the work we were able to do for the environment and our residents.
Please join me Thursday, June 29th with my friends at the Barking Mad Cafe to recap the legislative session and enjoy a reception in support of my campaign.
To RSVP, or with questions, please contact Justin Garcia at (410) 547-8884 or justin@martinlauer.com
Sincerely,
Delegate Shane Robinson
District 39, Environment & Transportation Committee

Vote Rebecca Smondrowski for District 2 Board of Education

Today I was proud to vote for my friend, Rebecca Smondrowski, for the Montgomery County Board of Education. She was first elected in 2012 and has proved to be a tremendous asset to our public school system and Montgomery County in general. She is a tireless public servant and one of the most accessible and responsive elected officials I have ever worked with. Before seeking office she was deeply involved in the PTA and understands the needs of our students first hand. She has a child who is an MCPS student and another who is an MCPS graduate. As a parent with a child in MCPS myself, and another who starts next year, this is very important to me. Please join me in casting a vote for Rebecca Smondrowski!

I don’t usual make appeals like this, but I am concerned about this election. Rebecca’s opponent, Brandon Rippeon, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Congress in District 6 in 2012, and has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee in this race. Mr. Rippeon does not have children or a background in education, supports school choice instead of children attending their local schools, and has inexplicable policy proposals such as making the study of Latin a mandatory requirement for all students. Rebecca Smondrowski is doing an excellent job and is vested in our school system. Let’s keep Rebecca on board!

The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee does not endorse in non-partisan elections, so this puts my friend Rebecca at a disadvantage. Our school board is nonpartisan and should remain that way, but the Republican Party has decided to weigh in and make it partisan. Let’s make sure that we keep the school board working for everyone instead of creating a foothold for the GOP’s right-wing agenda for Montgomery County.

Visit http://www.rebeccaonboard.org/ to learn more about Rebecca, and why our students and schools need to keep her on the board of education. Thanks for your time, and happy voting!

Sincerely,

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Join Chairman Kumar Barve on November 15th at Growler’s Brew Pub for a Reception in Support of Delegate Shane Robinson

Friends,

It’s that time of year again for my annual celebration at Growler’s Brew Pub. Please save the date for Tuesday, November 15th!

I am proud to represent District 39 and Montgomery County. I hope I can count on your support as we continue our mission for sustainability in our environment and our communities.

To R.S.V.P, or for more information, please contact Justin Garcia at (410) 547-8884 or justin@martinlauer.com.

Click here to contribute.

Click here for a printable invitation.

Sincerely,
Shane Robinson
Montgomery County House Delegation Chair

11-15-16 event invitation

Vote for Chris Van Hollen for Senate on Tuesday

As you know, I’m supporting Chris Van Hollen in his bid to replace Sen. Barbara Mikulski who is retiring, because Chris wants to do something, not be something. I hope you are too! He has been an unquestionably effective Congressman and will continue to get things done as Maryland’s next Senator. The Washington Post called him “A talented successor for Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski,” and he has been endorsed by leading progressive activists, organizations, and elected officials throughout the state.

I urge you to vote this Tuesday, April 26th and vote Chris Van Hollen for Senate. Click this link to find out where you vote here in Montgomery County. Polls are open 7am – 8pm.

This election is close, and your vote will matter. Please be sure to vote and join me in voting Chris Van Hollen for Senate.

Sincerely,

Shane

Join Us on December 15th!

Dear Friends,

I wanted to remind you about my upcoming reception on the evening of Tuesday, December 15th at Growler’s in Gaithersburg.

This legislative session it was my privilege to work for Montgomery County as House Delegation Chair. With your ongoing support, I will continue working hard for District 39 and all of Montgomery County.

I hope you’ll be able to join me on December 15th.

To RSVP or for questions, please contact Katherine at (410) 547-8884 orkatherine@martinlauer.com. You can also contribute online here.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Shane

2014 Annapolis Report

Hard copies of  the 2014 Annapolis Report will be mailed to voters shortly. In the meantime, you can read the electronic version here.

You’re Invited to a Fall Fundraiser in support of Delegate Shane Robinson

Saturday, October 19th
2:00—4:00pm
at Growler’s Pub
227 East Diamond Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Special guests: Mayor Sidney Katz & Delegate Heather Mizeur

VIPs $2000
Hosts $1000
Sponsors $500
Patrons $250
Friends $125
*Suggested Minimum $25*

To RSVP email shane@delegaterobinson.com or call 240-429-2330

Checks should be made payable to:
Friends of Shane Robinson
9623 Shadow Oak Drive
Montgomery Village, MD 20886
Or you can donate to the campaign online here.

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