The 2015 Legislative Session that began in January is well underway. My colleagues and I have been working very hard considering the budget and legislation that affects our state and community. A top priority of the Democratic caucus has been to minimize the potential negative impact of proposed budget cuts on education, healthcare, vulnerable people and others.
For the new term I am continuing to serve on the Environment and Transportation Committee (formerly the Environmental Matters Committee). I also serve on the subcommittees for: 1) Land Use and Ethics and 2) Housing and Real Property.
Speaker Mike Busch named me House Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations. Montgomery County Delegation Chair Shane Robinson appointed me as Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Committee (formerly the Bi-County committee) that vets bills mainly related to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.