OK, so the local General Assembly delegation held its public hearing a week ago to hear testimony on its prefiled legislation. I'm a little late to the party, but I make up for being late with my outstanding personality and larger than life presence!
What are the more important pieces of legislation? What do I think about them? Obviously if you're reading this, you care, so read on! BTW this page gives you links to all the individual pieces of legislative goodness! Onward ho!
Bills 1,2,4,5, and 6-- these are all bond bills and I support these.
Bill 3-- this bill would give Howard County Library employees the right to join a union and have collective bargaining powers therein. In general, I support the right of employees to organize (though I question the wisdom of organizing under dumbass leadership like the HCPSS employees currently are doing) and so to stay consistent, I support this bill.
Bill 7-- this bill would extend deer and game bird hunting to a calendar consistent with many other Maryland subdivisions. The deer population is, I feel, a major environmental and emerging public safety concern in this county, and so I support this legislation. I understand the concerns of the equestrian community on this bill; however, this calendar exists in many other Maryland counties and riding enthusiasts still apparently are able to ride safely.
Bill 8-- this bill would allow for casino-type fundraising events in Howard County. Oppose, oppose, oppose. If anyone wants to know why, look up my posts on expanded gambling over the past year.
Bill 9-- this is the famous Merriweather Post noise bill. I support this bill. I am sorry that people are upset about noise coming from Merriwether, but well, it's only been prevalent on that property about 40 years. So I frankly don't even understand why this bill is a thing. And as to the concept of the delegation enacting a local ordinance-- that seems to happen all the time, therefore, so what?
Bill 10-- because retired folks need to get their drink on too! I am assuming that there are some businesspeople looking to add alcohol sales to their properties. While it's not my choice, it is a personal choice, and so with a shrug, OK.
Bill 11-- property tax credits are good! So I support.
Bills 12 and 13-- I generally support paying our elected officials more, so yes, I support these two bills.
Bills 14 and 15-- Bill 14 says that a liquor license can't be issued to a building less than 450 feet from a public school. Bill 15 is the return of the refillable wine containers bill from last year. Bill 14 makes sense to me, so sure. As to Bill 15, I supported it last year, and so, what the hell, I'm supporting it this year too!
Your thoughts on any of the above? Don't be bashful!