The 2017 legislative session is underway! While the start of a session is always accompanied by excitement and ceremony, the backdrop for this year's session is more unsettling than in recent years. The FY 2018 budget will have to eliminate a $500 million+ deficit and there's the uncertainty of how policy changes in Washington will affect Maryland. Stay tuned for news on both of those matters!
This session my legislation will focus on a few issues: college affordability and student loans; motor vehicle safety; and the environment.
I'll also be busy in my role as Vice Chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee; one of the big issues the committee will be examining is whether to ban fracking. Please let me know if you have suggestions for legislation or if I can be helpful on any matter.
In the meantime, I wanted to forward updates on two local matters - school policy and snow removal - and provide information on my legislative scholarship.
2017 BCPS Stakeholder Survey
The survey will be online from Monday, January 30 through Friday, March 3, 2017, at www.bcps.org,
Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance is asking everyone in the community--parents, students, community members--to participate. It's an anonymous survey that should take about 5 minutes. This year, the survey will be available in 16 languages--reflecting the great diversity of our school system.
In past years, survey feedback has helped guide school improvement, staff training, office safety, and reorganization planning. I hope you will take a few minutes to complete it.
We've been very lucky so far this winter, but the Farmers Almanac is predicting a heavy snow event for February. Baltimore County Government wants everyone to be ready. The following is from a Press Release earlier this month:
Snow Storm Help
- For the most recent updates from the Department of Public Works and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management regarding the storm, follow the County website at .www.Baltimorecountymd.gov/stormfighter
Note: Citizens who do not want to report via a mobile device or computer, may still call the County’s customer service phone line at 410 887 3560. The customer service representative will enter the information into the exact form that is available to citizens online.
- NEW THIS SEASON: Citizens may now report storm related issues directly online without having to call the customer service hotline. Enter information at www.Baltimorecountymd.gov/stormfighter.
In severe storms, citizens are asked to:
- In the case of a medical emergency, people should call 911.
- Make sure all prescriptions are available and up to date.
- Please check on vulnerable elderly neighbors and relatives and make arrangements for their safety during the storm.
I also want to remind you that the applications for my H. Allan Lipsitz Memorial Legislative Scholarship is now available on my website: www.danastein.com
Students who received a scholarship last year need to re-apply to receive it again in 2017-2018 using the Renewal Application. Students applying for the first time should use the New Application form to apply for next year. The deadline for all applications is March 31, 2017.
You can get additional information regarding financial aid, including how to navigate the FAFSA process, by going to the Maryland Higher Education Commission website. The deadline for filling out FAFSA, which is necessary for all financial aid, is March 31, 2017
Legislative Scholarship Applications Now Available
I am proud to be representing you in Annapolis and to be a part of the District 11 legislative team. Please contact me at 410-841-3527 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can ever be of assistance.
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