Maryland needs to join the group of states that says that they will stand with the nearly 200 countries that have signed the Paris accord, even if the current president will not. See my Op Ed in the Baltimore Sun on November 23. 2017.
Check out Justin Silberman’s interview with the District 11 Team in the Jewish Times:
District 11 Update – Dana Stein
I will be hosting a “Facebook Live” event on Thursday, December 15, at 7 p.m. Please join me for a discussion on the problems of college affordability and share ideas to address those problems.
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I and many others were very disappointed that Governor Hogan vetoed the bill revising the renewable energy portfolio standards (SB921/HB1106) and providing for jobs in the clean energy sector. Below are excerpts from an article published on May 31 in ClimateWire on the “whiplash” this veto caused:
Maryland’s Republican governor Friday gave his state’s climate policy supporters a case of whiplash, vetoing renewable portfolio standard legislation two months after he signed into law one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the nation.
State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D), who sponsored the measure and sits on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, said “there’s a fair chance” the Maryland General Assembly could override the veto when it reconvenes in January.
The move was disappointing to those who had seen Gov. Larry Hogan’s enactment of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2016 as a sign of tacit support for Democrat-led strategies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. . . .
Maryland Del. Dana Stein (D), who also sits on the state climate commission, said increasing the renewable portfolio standard was central to the state’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas reduction target.
“Can it hypothetically be achieved without the RPS? It’s certainly possible, but it’ll be a challenge using all the available tools to get to 40 percent,” Stein said. “Taking one of the key tools out means the challenge is even greater.”
You can read the full article at http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2016/05/31/stories/1060038053 Although you do have to have a subscription to ClimateWire, you can sign up for a trial subscription.
Baltimore County Schools issued a press release today reporting that U.S. News and World Report named 9 BCPS schools among its Best High Schools list. I am so proud that near the top of that list is Dulaney High school–which ranked 12th in Maryland and 350th out of 2,673 nationally!!
Read the full BCPS Press Release.
Read the full U.S News and World Report article.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is proposing three new Express BusLink routes as part of its new transit improvement plan for the Baltimore region. These suburb-to-suburb routes will connect BWI to Old Court Metro Subway Station; Owings Mills to Towson; and White Marsh to Towson without the need to travel through downtown Baltimore.
The proposed changes also eliminate Local Bus No. 99 between Old Court Metro Subway Station and BWI and add peak period trips to the Local Bus 77 line, which runs between Old Court Metro Subway Station and BWI.
These changes are planned to go into effect on June 19, 2016.
MTA is holding several public hearings on these changes. I encourage you to take part, learn about the changes, and voice any concerns or support you may have. The hearings closest to District 11 are below. For further information on the BaltimoreLink system, visit the website: www.mta.maryland.gov/baltimorelink.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Towson Room, Towson Library, 320 York Rd. Towson, MD 21204
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 3, 8, 11, 12, and 48
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Woodlawn Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD 21207
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 44 and 57
Monday, March 28, 2016
6 – 8 pm
Room A, Owings Mills Library, 10302 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Accessible via Local Bus Nos. 56 and 59 and the Owings Mills Metro Subway Station
House Bill 373: Passenger Seat Belt Requirement – Primary Offense
Currently, the driver of a motor vehicle and a passenger in the outboard front seat (next to the passenger door) have to wear a seat belt. Their failure to wear a seatbelt is a primary offense. But if there is a passenger sitting in a middle front seat, there is no requirement to wear a seatbelt.
Passengers in the rear seats of a car who are age 16 or older must wear a seat belt, but violation of this provision is only a secondary offense.
My House Bill 373 remedies these loopholes by requiring seat belt usage in the passenger areas of a vehicle, front and rear, and making it all a primary offense.
Seat belt use is much more common than it used to be. However, many people still wrongly presume that wearing seat belts in the rear seats of vehicles is not necessary for safety. In the event of a car crash, unrestrained rear seat passengers become projectiles and pose significant risk not just to themselves, but to other passengers in the vehicle as well.
In Maryland, during the period 2010 – 2013, there were 123 rear-seat passenger fatalities; 60% of those individuals were unbelted. Unbelted rear seat passengers were 95% more likely to have moderate to severe injuries than rear seat passengers who were belted. Hopefully my House Bill 373 will reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from failure to wear a seat belt.
|By Authority: Friends of Dana Stein, Sam Dansicker, Treasurer.|