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Effective October 1, 2016 new laws have taken effect!

As usual, the General Assembly’s Health & Government Operations Committee (my committee) had quite a busy 2016 session vetting important legislation for the state. For more information, please find a summary of our work here: HGO 2016 Highlights. This past session I also spend a lot of time working with colleagues on the Judiciary Committee and you may find a good summary wrap up of that committee’s work here: Jud 2016 Highlights. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Practitioner’s Guide to The Justice Reinvestment Act

  • Please feel free to download the handy guide to this landmark criminal justice reform legislation

Delegate Barron’s Concerns Regarding Legality of Pretrial Practices Prompts AG Letter to Judiciary Rules Committee

Delegate Barron’s Concerns About Bail Confirmed!

  • Read the press release from Delegates Barron, Dumais, Hettleman, Korman, and Lierman about the Attorney General’s legal advice on cash bail.
  • Read the original request from Delegate Barron and his colleagues.
  • October 11, 2016 advice letter from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh

Metro

One of my first acts as your Delegate was to team with Delegate Marc Korman from Montgomery County to establish the WMATA/Metro Work Group in the General Assembly to bring more focused oversight to Metro (see August 2, 2015 – The Washington Post: More oversight for Metro). We send for too much in taxpayer money for what we receive from the agency and our goal is to push for better service, safety, reliability and transit oriented development around our metro stations — Metro is important to allow it to continue to fail.

Please check back to this website for up-to-date information about the latest with Metro.

  • Today, May 7, 2016, a federal agency ordered new safety steps for Metro after some of the latest issues — those orders may be found here: FTAorders
  • Here is the safe track plan announced by Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld on Friday, May 6, 2016: SafeTrackPlan — Additionally, here is a link to video that provides a message from Mr. Wiedefeld: https://youtu.be/fZ3dpWV4uJU