Dis­trict 6 lead­ers re­group for gen­eral as­sem­bly ses­sion

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: CHAR­LENE MAYO [email protected]­pub.com

On Jan­uary 9, Mary­land leg­is­la­tors will re­assem­ble for the first Gen­eral As­sem­bly Ses­sion since the elec­tion in No­vem­ber of last year.

Ac­cord­ing to Del. Bob Long (R-6), over the next few months he wants to con­tinue to work to im­prove school safety.

“I am very proud of the AL­ICE [Ac­tive Shooter Re­sponse Train­ing] that has been im­ple­mented by Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools af­ter I sub­mit­ted a sim­i­lar bill,” Long said.

Con­tin­u­ing to pro­mote home­own­er­ship for those in the Dis­trict is also still on the agenda, Long added.

“There is a lot of con­cern in the area over Sec­tion 8 hous­ing,” Long ex­plained. “The prob­lem is the slum­lords that al­low their prop­erty and neigh­bor­hoods to

de­cay. I want to fo­cus on these slum­lords.”

He said pro­pos­als on the fu­ture of Pim­lico and the Preak­ness will also be top­ics of dis­cus­sion.

“I am com­pletely open­minded and will hear all pro­pos­als but in the end, I want to do what is best for tax­pay­ers,” he noted.

State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling will tran­si­tion from the Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee to the Bud­get and Tax­a­tion com­mit­tee work­ing with Sen­a­tor Nancy King, ac­cord­ing to Salling’s chief-of-staff, Kevin Lawrence.

“He’s ex­cited about the tran­si­tion,” Lawrence said.

Ac­cord­ing to Lawrence, Salling is look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether with Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive, John Ol­szewski Jr.

There has been some de­bate on whether the county should use the his­toric Man O’War Shoal reef, com­prised of very old buried oys­ter shells from the up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, to cre­ate reefs in other places. Salling told the Dun­dalk Ea­gle he is against this.

In the ses­sion, he plans to sub­mit bills re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion and to ad­dress is­sues con­cern­ing vi­o­lence against teach­ers in the class­room and will con­tinue to work with the del­e­ga­tion of Dis­trict 6 and push for lower taxes.

“Sen­a­tor Salling is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the new com­mit­tee and work­ing with every­one,” Lawrence said.

Del. Robin Gram­mer (R6) has been re­as­signed to the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

Ex­plain­ing that he will con­tinue to han­dle crim­i­nal and civil law, ju­ve­nile jus­tice and pub­lic safety poli­cies, he said: “Crime is a ma­jor prob­lem in the Bal­ti­more re­gion and with this re­as­sign­ment I will be more ef­fec­tively po­si­tioned to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties.”

He will also be work­ing on leg­is­la­tion that cre­ates teacher whistle­blower pro­tec­tions so that it would be a pun­ish­able of­fense to pe­nal­ize a teacher for speak­ing about the con­cerns they see in a school or class­room. Other bills in­clude leg­is­la­tion to re­quire schools to file both an in­ci­dent re­port and a po­lice re­port when an as­sault or a felony is re­ported to the school ad­min­is­tra­tion and to push for more ju­di­cial trans­parency.

Along with Salling, Gram­mer plans to pre­serve the Man O’War reef through the Man-O-War Shoal Dredg­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion.

Del. Ric Met­z­gar (R-6) was not avail­able for a state­ment be­fore press time.

Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, and Del­e­gates Bob Long, Robin Gram­mer and Ric Met­z­gar.

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