Historical sites hail restoration of funding

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As the current Maryland legislative session draws to a close, organizations advocating for the preservation of the state’s historical sites and open spaces are applauding the restoration of funds for that purpose. The capital budget, which was approved March 29, includes $600,000 in funds for preservation grants.

“With final approval of the Maryland state budget, grant funding for historic preservation will see its first appropriation in nearly a decade,” said Nicholas Redding, executive director of Preservation Maryland, a Baltimore-based historical advocacy organization that lobbied extensively to restore funding. “Thanks to the support of members, partner organizations and legislative champions, Preservation Maryland is pleased to report that funding once considered lost forever is now officially back. The Montgomery County delegation has been extremely helpful and very supportive of historic preservation work, as evidenced by their support for this funding as well as key local initiatives like state bond bill funding for Pleasant View Historic Site near the Kentlands/Quince Orchard which also passed this session.”


Maryland’s General Assembly gavels for 2017 session

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CNS General Assembly 011The Maryland House of Delegates room was filled with delegates, friends and family members for the first day of the legislative session on Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis. Del. Michael Vaughn (D) from Prince George’s County was absent, as he resigned from his seat. PHOTO BY HANNAH KLARNER OF CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland -- The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly began Wednesday amid confusion stemming from federal investigations plaguing Democrats and concern among Republicans over the possible override of several vetoes issued by Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the 2016 session. The Senate is scheduled to begin to debate the vetoes on Jan. 18. 


Gaithersburg sets legislative agenda for 2017

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GAITHERSBURG – Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council received a briefing from city staff Monday night about Gaithersburg’s priorities in the upcoming legislative session. 

Monica Marquina, Gaithersburg’s Legislative Affairs manager, identified five top priorities for the city, the first of which was advocating for additional funding for school construction. 

“The county’s population continues to grow at a rapid pace, and with this growth, our school construction needs grow, and with every year that passes, our schools are aging,” Marquina said, noting that MCPS welcomed 2800 new students this year.

“Without adequate school construction funding, MCPS will be forced into reliance on portable classrooms, while aging and unreliable facilities will become the norm.”


Legislators preview coming legislative session

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Each year the Montgomery County Sentinel previews the annual meeting of the state legislature by asking members of the county delegation, both senators and delegates, what they think the big issues will be facing them once they get to Annapolis.

This year we asked them what’s the most important issue faces the legislature, what three bills they’d like to see introduced and passed.

Finally we asked them if they’d support or if they thought state taxes should be raised.


Progressives rally for new legislative session

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progressive maryland logoSILVER SPRING – While most people are winding down for the holidays, Progressive Maryland is gearing up.

The liberal grassroots organization held their first phone bank of the season on Dec. 18 to fundraise $20,000 before the start of the legislative session on Jan. 14, according to Deputy Director Larry Stafford. The group has 31,000 members and supporters throughout the state, with Montgomery County as one of the most active areas.

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