Legislative Update #1: Informing Yourself During Session
Monday, January 30th, 2017 @ 2:38PM
It is truly an honor to serve as your State Senator. As a Senator, I vow to remain accountable and accessible to the people I serve. It has always been my belief that the best way to do this is to attend community meetings and events, meet with the leaders in our neighborhoods and with businesses throughout our district. While in Annapolis, I work tirelessly to resolve constituent problems and to legislate on your behalf.
As a Legislature, my colleagues and I have taken steps to ensure transparency and access to the issues we are considering and the debates we engage in. It is my goal to keep you informed which I will do through emails such as this one. However, should you want additional or more in-depth information here are a few tools you might find helpful:
- Listen to Senate debates. If want to listen to the daily floor sessions of the General Assembly, please click here and click the headphone icon next to the Senate or House. The Senate generally convenes at 8:00PM on Monday, 10:00AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11:00AM on Friday.
- Listen to Senate hearings. New this year, the Senate committees are being broadcasted with video streaming. You can watch a bill hearing live or view any of the archived hearings by clicking here and choosing the House or Senate committee of your choice. Finally, if you want to know what hearings are scheduled, click here.
- Track legislation important to you. You may now sign up for a free service to receive daily emails on legislation that interests you. These reports can be on demand or on a predetermined schedule. For more information, or to sign up for this free service, please click here.
- Track government spending. Like you, I expect state government to be accountable and transparent. I voted to put all state spending online in a searchable database. This will allow you to easily keep track of how your tax dollars are spent. It is possible to search databases by agencies making payments, vendors, or by zip code of vendors. If you’re interested in knowing where your money goes, visit the database at http://spending.dbm.maryland.gov.
I believe that as a public official I am accountable to you. I will continue to work to ensure that you have all the tools necessary to stay informed.