Annapolis Update 2/18/11

It was an eventful week in Annapolis:

  • On Wednesday, I presented HB-329–a bill exempting senior centers from the Public Information Act–to the Health and Government Operations Committee.  As it stands now, anyone can walk into a senior center and request the personal information of the members under the Public Information Act. I am an ardent supporter of increased transparency in government, but the PIA was not designed to make citizens’ personal information available to unscrupulous individuals.  It’s time to close this loophole and protect the privacy of senior citizens.
  • Earlier in the week, I wrote a piece for on marriage equality. Hopefully, this will be the year we pass legislation extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
  • I continue to hear from Montgomery County constituents who are rightfully concerned about K-12 funding in this year’s budget. It’s true, under the Thornton formula funding should have increased by $94 million. However, with the increase in student population and decrease in county wealth, Montgomery County will still receive an additional $33 million in K-12 funding. I’m not 100 percent pleased with this outcome, but with your support, I will continue to fight for teacher pensions and education funding.

Annapolis Update 2/11/11

Aileen and Delegate Robinson during Developmental Disabilities Day

With the legislative session now a month old and bill hearings in full swing I want to update you on what I’m working on:

  • Earlier this week in Environmental Matters, we held a hearing on hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). If we decide to move forward with granting permits for this process of natural gas extraction, I’m extremely concerned with the potential for contaminating our water supply. I’m a strong supporter of a bill to require a comprehensive study of all the factors involved in hydraulic fracturing that could potentially harm our drinking water, pollute the Chesapeake Bay, and endanger the health of Marylanders as result. Before we consider granting permits to gas companies to drill on Maryland soil we must make sure there are safeguards in place to protect the environment and public health.
  • Today, the Montgomery County delegation met with Senator Ben Cardin, who spoke about continuing our commitment to move Maryland forward as a leader in implementing health care reform. Let’s continue to focus on solutions, rather than implementing obstacles to progress.
Again, please continue to contact me with any ideas, questions, comments or concerns you may have; my door is always open, my phone always on, and my inbox just a click away: 


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Annapolis Update 2/4/11

Dear Friends,

Here is this week’s legislative update:

  • Delegate Brian Feldman is introducing a bill– the Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act– that would require the Public Service Commission to adopt reliability standards relating to the delivery of electricity, enforce penalties when the standards are not met, and credit customers as a result. I’m a proud co-sponsor, and am eager to hear PEPCO representatives answer for their failures during the public hearing this Tuesday, February 8th, here in Annapolis.
  • Today, I introduced a bill that would discourage the disposal of printer cartridges and closed electronic devices in landfills. When disposed of improperly, these devices severly pollute the environment. If we are to improve the health of this region’s economic stalwart–the Chesapeake Bay–we must get serious about targeting the most egregious pollutants.

Further, over the past few weeks I’ve been encouraged by the amount of constituent correspondence I’ve received. Hearing from you is the best part of this job, and I urge you to contact me with any ideas, questions, comments or concerns you may have. Again, my door is always open, my phone always on, and my inbox just a click away:


P.S.- Be sure to “like” my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and check out the Montgomery County delegation website.

Annapolis Update 1/27/11

Dear Friends,

As the newest member of the District 39 legislative team, the first few weeks of Maryland’s 428th legislative session have been some of the most invigorating of my life. I feel fortunate to have arrived in Annapolis in time for what could be a landmark year for progressive Democrats:

  • 58 House members have signed onto the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriages in Maryland.  The time has come for Maryland to lead on this issue, and I am honored to be a co-sponsor. For more click here.
  • There is no reason that someone suffering from a debilitating disease should be deprived of medicine that could aid in their recovery or in coping with terminal illness. Therefore, I am proud to be co-sponsoring a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. Patients and doctors–not the courts–should decide what medications are suitable. For more click here.
  • On the local front, the Glenbrooke stormwater management pond in District 39 needs repairs. Senator Nancy King and I are introducing a bill that would help fund the renovation. If we are going to save the Chesapeake Bay we need to ensure that our stormwater management infrastructure is in tact. As a member of the Environmental Matters Committee I look forward to working on issues related to the health of the Chesapeake.

These are a few of the many issues I plan to work on this session. As the weeks progress I will keep you updated, and urge you to contact me with any ideas, questions, comments or concerns; my door is always open, my phone always on, and my inbox just a click away:


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