MAJOR BILLS THAT HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Overriding Larry Hogan's Veto of Paid Sick Days for Workers - I was proud to vote to successfully override Governor Hogan's veto of legislation I co-sponsored to guarantee paid sick days for workers at Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees. As a result, this law took effect in February.
Terminating Parental Rights of Rapists - After 10 years of delay, we succeeded in passing a bill I co-sponsored allowing courts to terminate the parental rights of rapists over children conceived from the sex assault.
Allowing Same Day Voter Registration (HB 532) - I was proud to co-sponsor a bill to allow residents to register to vote on election day. If the Senate approves the proposal, this state constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot this November for ratification by voters.
Restricting Offshore Drilling (HB 1456) - Trump is trying to open the Maryland coast for energy exploration, so I was proud to support legislation to hold energy companies strictly liable for anything that goes wrong. HB 1456 makes these activities uninsurable, and all but guarantees there won't be drilling along Maryland's shore. The Senate has already passed an identical bill, so we expect this to become law.
Funding WMATA Metro Improvements (HB 372) - With residents of Silver Spring & Takoma Park increasingly relying on public transportation, I co-sponsored legislation to provide WMATA Metro with a dedicated funding source. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. Thankfully, Virginia and DC have followed suit and passed similar legislation to create a regional response to this funding problem.
Stabilizing Health Care Costs (HB 1782) - With Trump attempting to sabotage Maryland's health care system, we passed a bill to temporarily prevent further increases to premiums. HB 1782 creates a new fee on health insurance companies (who just received a large federal tax cut), and uses the funds to prevent further increases on health coverage costs. The bill awaits approval in the Senate.
Reforming Sexual Harassment Polices (HB 1342) - In the midst of the national call for action on sexual harassment, I co-sponsored a bill to overhaul how complaints are handled in the Maryland General Assembly. This week the House passed HB 1342, which transfers these investigations to an independent investigator and requires our policies to be updated every two years. The bill now needs approval in the Senate.
Prosecuting Serial Rapists (HB 301) - In Maryland, serial rapists have avoided criminal convictions by excluding evidence of past rapes in their trials. I was pleased to vote for HB 301, which creates an avenue for prosectuors to bring evidence of serial rapes into court. The bill also passed the Senate, so we expect this will become law.
Removing Guns from Domestic Abusers & Those At Risk of Suicide or Violence to Others (HB 1646 & HB 1302) - I was pleased to co-sponsor a pair of bills to take guns away from those convicted of domestic abuse or at risk of suicide or violence to others. The domestic violence bill (HB 1646) also passed the Senate and is on track to become law in Maryland. The bill to temporarily take guns from those at risk of suicide or violence to others (HB 1302) passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.