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  • Luke Clippinger
Sick Leave Passes! Wednesday after five long years, I had the honor to stand on the House floor to thank constituents, the 160 organizations in the Working Matters Coalition, and my colleagues in the General Assembly after final passage of HB1 Earned Sick Leave with a veto-proof majority.

Dear Friends, 

Today is Sine Die, the final day of the 2017 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. Today will be a sprint to finalize all legislation that will become law this session. Marylanders have a lot to be proud of this session already.

Earned Sick Leave Receives Final Approval - This past Wednesday the House of Delegates gave final approval on House Bill 1- the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (Earned Sick Leave), a bill that would give 700,000 Marylanders access to sick days. The House voted 87-53, giving the bill veto-proof support. The bill is the result of five years of work on behalf of a broad coalition. As I told the Sun, "I think we have a very good product that has been the result of good negotiation...The burdens of illness should not be compounded by the problems of poverty."

The Senate passed the bill Monday, after amending it to decrease the number of paid days off from seven days to five. The Senate also changed the average number of hours an employee needs to work per week to qualify from eight to 12 and extended the minimum number of days on the payroll to be eligible from 90 to 106, a concession to employers who hire workers for seasonal jobs. At a press conference following the House vote, I encouraged the Governor to sign this legislation. However, should he choose to veto the bill the House and Senate will immediately work to override the bill at the start of next year's convening of the General Assembly. Maryland joins seven states, the District of Columbia, and Montgomery County, MD in requiring employers to offer paid time off.

House Democratic Caucus is Working for Marylanders - As Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the last two weeks have involved orchestrating in concert with the Senate bills to deliver to the Governor's desk before Sine Die to be able to override them before the end of this session. Here is an update on how the Governor responded to the priorities of Marylanders:

The Governor signed into law the Capital budget, HB 503 - a bill that would give City Schools and other jurisdictions with declining enrollment extra money each of the next three years, and the Ban on Fracking. However, he refused to sign several critical items on the agenda of Marylanders. Including the Planned Parenthood Protection Act and HB 514 the Codification of EmPOWER Mayland which I am proud to have cosponsored. These bills that were not signed will become law this year.

On Thursday we as a Democratic Caucus overrode HB 978 the Protect Our Schools Act. We are proud that Marylanders don't have to wait until next year for this critical legislation. Our office received an outpouring of calls and emails in support of this override. Again, thank you all for your continued advocacy.  

In the NewsWashington Post- Maryland Passes Sick Leave Bill with Enough Votes to Override Hogan Veto

WBAL TV- Maryland General Assembly Approves Paid Sick Leave

Baltimore Sun - MD General Assembly Gives Final OK to Democrats' Sick Leave Bill 

Push to the End - So far it has been an incredibly productive session. I'm excited to share all that we have been able to do so far and look forward to a strong finish at midnight tonight. Please reach out to share your thoughts or questions at info@luke46.com or 410-989-3876.

Sincerely,

Luke

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We had tons of visitors from the District join us during this session! I look forward to seeing you all in the District in the coming months. You can always reach me at info@luke46.com or call 410-841-3303. We hope to see you soon.
  • Luke Clippinger
This week, it was an honor to have the City Springs Elementary Middle School's Debate Team visit me to advocate for programs to curb smoking in youth in partnership with the American Cancer Society!

 

Dear Friends, 

With one week left in session there are a lot of updates! This week was a busy one in my role as House Democratic Caucus Chair. The Caucus was able to move in tandem with the Senate almost thirty critical bills to be signed by the Governor before the end of session. Traditionally, the legislature waits until the end of session to send bills to the Governor for signature, but by sending them this Wednesday, the Governor must sign or veto the bills before the end of session. The House and Senate will then be able to override a veto for those critical pieces of legislation in the 2017 session and not have to wait until next year.   

#Fixthegap - This week the Governor signed into law two significant bills that originated in the House that are pieces of the complex work the legislature has undertaken to ensure Baltimore City Schools and several other jurisdictions receive the funding their students deserve. HB 1109 which, "frees up nearly $20 million in state money to help local school districts pay their share toward teachers' retirement pensions." Also HB 503, sponsored by Appropriations Chair Maggie McIntosh, which changes how the state predicts the amount of money coming in from capital gains. According to the Sun, "Capital gains revenue to the state can swing significantly from year to year, so the new system will use a multi-year average. If capital gains revenue exceeds predictions, it can go into a special account to use for education."  

Next week the Governor will sign or veto these critical pieces of legislation:

  • a fracking ban that would make it illegal to use hydraulic fracturing to mine natural gas

  • the state's $1 billion capital budget for construction projects;

  • a prohibition on opening oyster sanctuaries to harvesting;

  • a three-year promise to give school districts with declining enrollment, including Baltimore City, extra money;

  • a law requiring the state to make up for any federal money withheld from Planned Parenthood;

  • and an extension of the statute of limitations for child victims of sex abuse to file civil lawsuits against their abusers.

Once the Governor weighs in, we will then work as a Caucus to override any legislation that may be vetoed to ensure Marylanders don't have to wait. 

Earned Sick Leave -  On Friday, after only a few minutes of debate, the Senate voted to give preliminary approval to an amended version of the House's Earned Sick Leave HB-1. While it has been a long road, it has been a pleasure to champion this necessary legislation as it nears the finish. Maryland Sports- This week, I hosted a favorable hearing in the House Appropriations Committee for HB1619 Establishment of Maryland Stadium Authority - Maryland Sports and Affiliated Foundations. HB 1619 would create an office known as Maryland Sports, a nonprofit program to bring regional, national, and international sporting events to the State to maximize utilization of sports facilities in the State, to enhance economic development, and to promote the State as a sporting events destination, within the Maryland Stadium Authority.  We expect a vote in front of the full House early next week. Cross Street Market -  The entire District 46 Team hosted a hearing in front of the House Baltimore City Delegation to approve an amendment related to Cross Street Market. This issue has been a challenging one to navigate for the 46th District Team and the community. This measure received approval from the Baltimore City Delegation. Additionally, we were able to include $200,000 in the Capital Budget to go directly support the existing merchants

We as a delegation, have had more than 350 constituents from the 46th District directly reach out about the revitalization of the Market. 315 of those contacts expressed their support of the market revitalization and many from that group expressed reservations about the proliferation of alcohol in that area. In the long term, as the 46th District team has said since 2013, a more comprehensive solution is needed to deal with alcohol in this area. We are committed to working with the community towards a long term solution.  Maryland Community Solar Program Lunches - In 2015, I led the successful charge to create Maryland's Community Solar Progam as the lead sponsor of HB 1087. It was an honor to work on behalf of a broad coalition to get this legislation enacted, but I am even more proud to see this program come to fruition. This week the Maryland Public Service Commission announced that program is ready to begin accepting applications.

Beginning April 10, 2017, subscriber organizations can apply to the Commission for initial approval to participate in the program. Applications received between April 10 and May 5, 2017 will be included in the initial group of subscriber organizations to participate in the first year of the program; once approved, a subscriber organization must first apply to a utility for interconnection and then apply for project capacity in that utility’s program. Utilities will accept projects with completed applications on a first-come, first-served basis until each utility’s program capacity has been met. Participating utilities include Baltimore Gas and Electric, Delmarva Power & Light, Potomac Edison and Potomac Electric Power Company. Subscriber organizations can obtain applications on the Commission’s website (www.psc.state.md.us). 

Push to the End - So far it has been an incredibly productive session. I'm excited to share all that we have been able to do so far and look forward to a strong finish. Please reach out to share your thoughts or questions at info@luke46.com or 410-989-3876.

Sincerely,

Luke

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Visit us in Annapolis! If you are in Annapolis we love to see constituents, families, and school groups. You can always reach me at info@luke46.com or call 410-841-3303. We hope to see you soon.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

If you live in the 46th District and are interested in applying for a Legislative Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year from my office. Please call or email my office and we will send you an application. We have extended the deadline until April 8, 2017!

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Mom's Rising is one of the 160 groups in the coalition supporting Earned Sick Leave in Maryland. I was proud the "kids in capes" could join me in being a superhero for 750,000 Marylanders who deserve sick days!

Dear Friends, 

There are only two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session! This Monday marked Crossover day. This is the date by which each chamber must pass bills to be considered in the other chamber. In order for bills to become law, they must pass the same bill by the last day of session. After what has seemed like a whirlwind we have been able to make major headway on critical issues facing Marylanders. As you know, both the House and Senate passed versions of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (Earned Sick Leave), which I am proud to be the lead sponsor, but there are many other critical issues that have gained traction that need to be finalized in the final few days.

In the final days, we will work to finalize our bill to create a Pilot for the Creation of Adult High Schools which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, pass the final version of Earned Sick Leave, and balance the budget ensuring it is not done so on the backs of Baltimore students and citizens.  Bill to Watch that Crossed Over to the Senate - Fracking Ban - Fracking has been one of the top issues people have reached out to me about for the last several sessions. On March 10th, the House voted 97-40 to ban Oil and Natural Gas - Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland. This bill transferred over to the Senate many thought would be a hard to pass. This week we were all shocked when the Governor came out in support of this ban. SB 740 was on the floor of the Senate this week and set for final passage early next week.  

Next Week - Tuesday, I will host one of my final new bill hearing of this legislative session, in the House Appropriations Committee for HB1619 Establishment of Maryland Stadium Authority - Maryland Sports and Affiliated Foundations. This would create an office known as Maryland Sports within the Maryland Stadium Authority. Maryland Sports would create a nonprofit program to bring regional, national, and international sporting events to the State to maximize utilization of sports facilities in the State, to enhance economic development, and to promote the State as a sporting events destination. This bill has already made great progress in the Senate and I are looking forward to leading this work in the House.

Cross Street Market -  We have received hundred of emails, postcards, and calls about the revitalization of Cross Street Market. You have likely already heard there is a new plan for renovations and new language regarding the liquor license. If you did not receive an email or see this information already you can read the full letter from the delegation here, which includes a link to the amendment language. We would love to hear your feedback.

We will keep you updated on sick leave and all the other critical issues we are working on as they develop. You can also track legislation throughout the 90-day legislative session here.  Please reach out to share your thoughts or questions at info@luke46.com or 410-989-3876.

Sincerely,

Luke

KEEP IN TOUCH

Visit us in Annapolis! If you are in Annapolis we love to see constituents, families, and school groups. You can always reach me at info@luke46.com or call 410-841-3303. We hope to see you soon.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

If you live in the 46th District and are interested in applying for a Legislative Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year from my office, applications will be due on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Applications are now available. Please call or email my office and we will send you an application.   In the District

From Baltimore City Schools - Opportunities to Participate in Study to Consider School Zoning -  Baltimore City Public Schools is embarking on a study to consider ways that school zoning can be most effective for the district. The study will examine demographic, enrollment, and facility utilization data to determine the feasibility of rezoning approaches that may be available to the district. Please note that this study is not an actual rezoning of boundaries; it is a study to identify and assess the feasibility of potential options. For more information - zones@bcps.k12.md.us or visit http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/Page/31834.​