Delegate Susan Krebs, District 5
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In This Issue:

  • Goodbye to 2020

  • Updates from Governor Hogan including Travel Advisories and Additional Economic Relief

  • A Very Unusual 2021 General Assembly in Annapolis

  • COVID-19 Vaccines Being Distributed

  • E-ZPass more economical than virtual tolling effective 1/1/2021

  • Carrol County Funding for Parks
CHRISTMAS 2020

"At Christmas, all roads lead home." 
– Marjorie Holmes

No matter where you spend your holiday, I wish you all a safe, healthy and joyous Christmas and Hanukkah. Despite the challenges of this year, we have so much to be grateful for and this is the season to focus on the many blessings that we have had.

I thank so many of you who have gone above and beyond the call of duty – our medical personnel, first responders, retail workers, child care providers and all other essential workers who have stepped up to keep our communities safe and our economy going. Never have we experienced anything like this – the health threat and economic upheaval for many has been unbelievable. Many of us have lost loved ones this year under extraordinary circumstances, limited time with family and friends has taken a toll on everyone. Farewell 2020!

As 2021 approaches, we are encouraged that the COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to be rolled out and we see light at the end of the tunnel to resume some level of normalcy. Please continue to support our small businesses who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic. Our small businesses are the backbone of our communities and we need to help them weather this storm.

I am anxiously preparing for the new legislative session that convenes on January 13, 2021. The Maryland General Assembly will look very different this year as we follow health guidelines and adapt to virtual committee hearings, buildings closed to the public, and limited access to the House and Senate floor. We will do our best to keep you informed and always look forward to hearing from you.

Below we have outlined the Governor’s most recent orders. I am well aware of the fatigue that many have with the constant infringements on our rights and our personal freedoms. We are in uncharted territory and our leaders have a large burden on them to do what they believe is best, however, we do not always agree on what that is. Please use common sense- we all care about our friends and loved ones and are best suited to make decisions for our own families. We are in uncharted territory and no one has all of the answers.
 
May the new year bring health, happiness, and special moments with family and friends!

Cheers!

Susan
The Latest Updates from Governor Hogan
Good News! Governor Hogan's Special Emergency Order Exempts Santa Claus from All Travel and Quarantine Requirements


Home For The Holidays
New Travel Orders and Additional Economic Relief Announced

“Our strongest defense against this virus continues to be the cooperation and the vigilance of the people of Maryland,” -Governor Hogan

“You are safer at home for the holidays this year."

Governor Hogan's Press Conference

December 17, 2020
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS’ ORDERS AND ADVISORIES:


  • NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY TO LIMIT GATHERINGS TO 10 OR LESS. Under this advisory, all Marylanders should refrain from attending public and private gatherings of more than 10 people in one location and should practice physical distancing to the maximum extent possible. Read the advisory.


  • TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON CUSTOMER SERVICE OPERATIONS, CONTINUATION OF MANDATORY TELEWORK FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. Governor Hogan has directed state agencies to suspend in-person customer service operations for two weeks, beginning Monday, December 21. Telework continues to be mandatory for state employees who are able to telework, and all businesses are strongly encouraged to institute telework over the holidays.


ADDITIONAL $180 MILLION IN EMERGENCY ECONOMIC RELIEF:

  • $50 MILLION FOR HOTELS AND HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES.  This funding will be distributed by local jurisdictions to go toward payroll expenses, rent, and utilities in order to keep operations going while travel is restricted.

  • $30 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL RELIEF FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS. Another $30 million to replenish the state’s successful relief program for bars and restaurants, which will now total $80 million. Local jurisdictions are encouraged to distribute this money quickly and to match this investment where possible.

  • $15 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL RELIEF FOR ENTERTAINMENT VENUES. The governor announced another $15 million in assistance to entertainment venues through the state’s successful Main Street program at the Maryland Department of Housing, which will now total $35 million.

  • $5 MILLION FOR RURAL BUSINESSES. As part of a new relief initiative, the governor announced $5 million to help socially or economically disadvantaged tech-based businesses in the state’s rural counties. 

  • $40 MILLION TO BOOST THE TEMPORARY CASH ASSISTANCE BENEFIT. $40 million to provide a $100 boost to the Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefit for each of the next six months. This will help more than 66,000 Maryland families that are struggling to make ends meet.

  • $40 MILLION FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. $40 million for health care providers by beginning their 4% increase on January 1, six months ahead of schedule. 

EXTENSION OF MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES:
The governor also signed an emergency order extending the moratorium on foreclosures to January 31, consistent with the federal CARES Act. Read the order.
2021 Legislative Session

The 2021 General Assembly convenes on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Changes will be made to allow all of the Maryland Delegates & Senators to execute their constitutional responsibilities to the fullest extent possible, in the safest way possible, for the full 90-days of the regular session.

The pandemic is a constantly evolving situation and there are contingency plans in place in case the trends get better or worse.

MEETINGS AS ONE BODY: The House is the largest legislative body that operates in the State of Maryland and will meet simultaneously in two locations on campus that will act as one legislative body. The proceedings will be livestreamed, in real-time, and each member sitting in the Chamber Annex will be able to vote, offer amendments and debate legislation real-time as well. Delegates will be required to wear face coverings, and staff will be limited to core staff on floor. Seats will be an appropriate distance from one another.

COMMITTEE WORK/HEARING SCHEDULES: House Committees will operate virtually this year, and committees will provide at least 48-hour member and public notice as to which bills will be heard during which time slot on which day via the MGA website. The public will be able to sign up the day before a bill is scheduled to be heard and will upload written testimony. While subcommittees do not fall under the Open Meetings Act, all subcommittee meetings will be livestreamed through the MGA website.

LEGISLATIVE CAMPUS: The State House will be closed to the public for the legislative session to prevent large crowds from congregating inside. Outdoor Rallies will still be permitted if socially distanced and masked, based on City of Annapolis guidelines.

HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING: In-person meetings are discouraged for public health reasons, but we recognize that such meetings may occasionally need to occur. We will allow access to the public and other non-legislative officials by appointment only, to avoid unnecessary crowding in hallways. Any meeting guests will have to be escorted to and from the main entrance to the House Office Building and Delegate Krebs office.

DISTRICT NIGHTS, LEGISLATIVE RECEPTIONS AND COMMITTEE DINNERS: All such events are cancelled for in-person participation for the 2021 session.

How to Connect with Delegate Susan Krebs?
Delegate Krebs serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee

Subcommittees:
  • Health Occupations and Long-Term Care
  • Insurance and Pharmaceuticals


Contact Information:

Legislative Aide: Stephanie Duncan Troxell

Phones: 410-841-3200 | 301-858-3200
Toll-free in MD 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3200
Fax: 410-841-3349

Address: 203 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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  • Approved! $47,400 from Program Open Space funding to install a new asphalt walking trail, benches and a picnic table at Chief Sites Memorial Park.

  • Approved! $26,902.80 from Program Open Space funding to remove a tree, construct a new entry sign and two bench swings, and provide site work for a walking path and future bandstand at War Memorial Park in Hampstead.
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