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:
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.
I enjoyed meeting with several constituents from NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore this past week. They came by to advocate for several pieces of legislation, particularly HB 495 – “Keep the Door Open Act”– and HB 682 -which would enhance Maryland’s Crisis Response System-both of which I plan to support.
I really enjoyed meeting these wonderful students from Stevenson University this week. They were great ambassadors for the many excellent programs Stevenson has to offer. Thank you to Maryland Independent College and University Association.
I enjoyed meeting with Councilwoman Vicki Almond, District 11 Constituents from Bike Maryland, and these enthusiastic young people from Baltimore Youth Cycling about HB 214, which would require a cars to maintain a 3-foot distance from cyclists on all roads in Maryland, and if they can’t, to slow down while passing cyclists.
It was great to participate with Attorney General Frosh at an event hosted by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition to discuss problems with for-profit colleges. I discussed my House Bill 741, which will require more transparency and accountability on the part of for-profit colleges in Maryland.
House Bill 741 will prohibit a private career school from enrolling a student in a program that is intended to lead to employment in a field that requires licensure in the State if successful completion of the educational course offerings in the program at the school will not meet the State educational requirements for licensure, the school does not hold appropriate accreditation, or the school is aware of any other characteristics that would lead to the ineligibility of the student.
|By Authority: Friends of Dana Stein, Sam Dansicker, Treasurer.|