3 More Endorsements!!

Posted Jun 7, 2018

Szeliga – PROUD TO BE NRA Endorsed

Defending, protecting, and securing our 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights is one of my top priorities.

2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Szeliga – PROUD TO BE Endorsed by Law Enforcement!

I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police. I am also endorsed by the Harford County Deputy Sheriffs.

You can count on me to support the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep our families safe. My voting record is certain – I’m for law and order, supporting our police, and enforcing our laws.

Update on Tuesday’s primary elections in 8 states

David Bossie, Chairman of Citizens United, Fox News Contributor, and President Trump’s Campaign Advisor, wrote a nice summary of Tuesday’s primary elections in eight states.

The results in Tuesday's primaries in eight states are an early indication that President Trump's "America First" agenda and accomplishments are winning the support of the American people. This is good news for Republicans running in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Read the Article Here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/06/06/david-bossie-sorry-democrats-primary-results-prove-that-trump-s-agenda-is-smash-hit.html

And this is also a good analysis of the impact of Tuesday’s elections. John Fund is a great writer and analyst. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/06/06/john-fund-odds-democrats-seizing-house-just-got-worse.html

ICYMI – (In case you missed it)

There is a high voltage power line project proposed for Harford County and Washington County. Current law only gave consideration to property owners directly impacted by the lines on their properties. I was able to get a bill passed this session to help property owners on adjacent properties to the projects. Next year, I will work to ensure further protections for property owners and communities impacted by these types of projects.

The Aegis, the Harford County newspaper, published my editorial recently. Following is the information I submitted. They printed 90% of it, but left out the part about “Fake News.”

Update on Harford County High Voltage Electric Transmission Line Project
Delegate Kathy Szeliga Following Transource Project Closely

It is important for the members of our community to have up to date and factual information regarding the high voltage power line project that has been proposed for northern Harford County. If you’ll excuse the pun, I’d like to shed some light on the situation.

This project, dubbed the Independence Energy Connection Project, includes building high voltage electric transmission lines in two locations in Maryland, Harford County and Washington County, as well as adjoining areas of Pennsylvania. For this project to be constructed, it must be approved in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

PJM, the entity that manages the electric grid in 13 states including Maryland, has hired Transource to construct the project. PJM is proposing this project because they claim there is “electric congestion” in the grid. PJM is regulated by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The proposed project must be approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) and also the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) before it can be built as the project includes both states.

Transource has applications in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. In May, four hearings were conducted in Pennsylvania. They were well attended with the vast majority of witnesses opposing the project. Pennsylvania is schedule to have evidentiary hearings December 4-12, 2018.

A plan for Maryland has been submitted to the Maryland PSC. Transource’s final application for Maryland is due to the PSC by July 13th. Sometime in the fall, before mid-November, there will be a public comment period wherein you may submit written comments to the PSC in response to Transource’s final application.

Senator JB Jennings and I urged the PSC to hold the required hearing in Harford County rather than the PSC offices in Baltimore City and they agreed. Those hearings will most likely be scheduled for sometime in February of 2019.

Once Transource’s final application is filed and completed in July, dates for public comments and public hearings will be firmed up. Those dates and details will be posted and shared widely.

After the hearings in February of 2019, the PSC has no statutory deadlines to make a decision, but it is believed that they will make a decision next summer. The PSC can approve, deny, or approve the project with conditions.

During the recent legislative session, there were three bills passed to address the construction of high voltage power lines. I was the sponsor of one bill that will help protect landowners adjacent to these lines. The other two bills require projects to consider routes that are already in use or utility easements owned by others, as well as PSC website notifications.

There has been some misinformation, or Fake News, claiming that a bill that was passed a couple of years ago in Annapolis opened the door to these new power line projects. That’s simply not true. The PJM projects would have been proposed and brought before the PSC whether the legislation passed or not. The legislation opened up the bidding process for construction of new power lines projects to companies other than BGE or Constellation; establishing a free market approach to powerline construction. The final approval for projects, which may include eminent domain, still rests with the Maryland Public Service Commission, not any out of state companies as some have charged.

As the Transource proposal advances, I will continue to keep the public informed. I am committed to protecting and preserving the rights of landowners and residents of Harford County. The wants of the PJM or utility customers outside of our county should not take priority over Harford County residents, farms, and businesses. You will see me at the February PSC hearings opposing this project as the proposed route has great impacts on landowners, residents, and our historic agricultural land.

If you have any questions about this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at kathy.szeliga@house.state.md.us or 410-841-3698.

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