District 6 leaders regroup for general assembly session
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.