Legislative Update #2 – 2017
Saturday, April 1st, 2017 @ 1:46AM
With more than a third of session already complete, I write to you to give an update on some of the more recent legislative efforts of lawmakers in Annapolis. With 49 days to go, we have already passed some significant pieces of legislation, and will continue to focus on bills which will help all Marylanders while looking out for the needs of the middle and working class.
This past week, the Maryland Senate passed SJ5, the Maryland Defense Act. This resolution gives Attorney General Brian Frosh the necessary authority to stand up for Maryland at the federal level. Unlike in 41 other states, our state constitution does not give the Attorney General the permission to act on behalf of Marylanders in this regard without explicit permission from the Legislature or Governor. This authority makes certain that our AG can act the way our citizens expect.
The Maryland Senate has also voted to override a veto on the Renewable Portfolio Standards Bill (RPS). Focusing on clean, renewable energy will create jobs, cut down on long term power bills, and ensure that our state is doing its part in the fight against climate change. The bill aims to make certain that Maryland receives 25% of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and other renewable energy fields. By voting in favor of this legislation, we will be helping to continue to grow and create jobs right here in Maryland, keep energy costs low for the consumer, and improve upon the health of the residents of our state.
The Senate also voted to place a moratorium on cownose ray fishing tournaments. You may have seen a video that surfaced of this brutal practice, and more information is available here. Working together, we were able to create a compromise to stop this practice, while giving Governor Hogan an opportunity to better regulate this issue. No living creature deserves to be treated in this way, and I am proud of the bipartisan work the Senate did to protect these creatures. As session continues we will continue to engage in legislative discussions and debates regarding policies affecting your everyday life. I would love to hear from you on these issues, or any other matter important to you.
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.
It remains a great honor to represent our community in the Maryland Senate. If I can be of service to you or anyone you know please call my office at 301-858-3631, or email me at Douglas.Peters@senate.state.md.us.