Baltimore Sun Editorial by Szeliga
The petty partisan politics by some in Annapolis is affecting the roads and highways we drive on throughout our state. Thursday, the Baltimore Sun published my Editorial where I expose the failures of the Road Kill Bill. For decades and under numerous, mostly Democratic Governors, the system has worked fairly and transparently until last year. A new scoring scheme was developed to send most of the money to the urban areas - very unfair.
Citizens across our great state expect their gas taxes to be distributed equally and fairly to repair and build roads all over our state. I'm working with Governor Hogan to repeal the Road Kill Bill. Please read my Editorial for the latest on this issue. You can find a link on my Facebook page too where you can share and like it!
Transparency Bill - Round 2!
An open and transparent government is essential for good government.
Once again this year, I've filed a bill to require video streaming and recording of activities in the Maryland House and Senate while we are in session. Currently, the public can view committee hearings, but the floor sessions are only available in audio records. With 141 delegates and 47 senators, it's very difficult to know who is talking. Video is essential and Maryland is one of the last states to provide this for their citizens, as 39 other states already do this.
Last year, Governor Larry Hogan agreed and publicly endorsed my bill. This year, Governor Hogan has included this in one of his own bills and included funding for it. Even The Baltimore Sun agreed last year and urged the passage of the legislation.
"We can't fathom how it is that legislation sponsored by Del Kathy Szeliga (R) ... and Del. David Moon (D) ... hasn't even gotten a committee vote." (The Baltimore Sun, April 8, "The to-do list [for Annapolis].")
Sunday Alcohol Sales?
How do you feel about buying beer on Sunday? In many counties, Baltimore County included, liquor sales on Sunday is very limited. It was not that long ago that we had fairly strict "blue laws," limiting all kinds of business activities on Sundays. Today, there are very few limits on commercial activities on Sunday. Some businesses, like Chick-fil-A, have chosen to close on Sundays, but it's voluntary.
I have filed a bill to put this question on the ballot for Baltimore County voters in 2018 to determine if current liquor license holders could open up on Sundays. I will ask my Baltimore County friends to weigh in on Facebook soon.
Thanks for your interest in the important issues facing Maryland today. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information.
God bless you and your family!