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Senator Waugh’s Bills

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh’s Bills | Filed in News

SB59  Crabs – Harvest Times – Holidays

Watermen asked for and got early crabbing hours on three summer holiday weekends, to get the crabs to market earlier (and livelier) when it’s hot.

 

SB70  Unemployment Insurance Exemption for Youth Sports Workers

Sports officials like referees are exempt from unemployment insurance, but coaches were not, and St. Mary’s Youth Soccer League was going to have to pay more just to calculate the insurance costs for its coaches than it would actually pay for the insurance. The same was going to be true for football, basketball, lacrosse and more – all over the State. This bill might save hundreds of thousands dollars wasted on accountants, and let that money be put to use for kids.

 

SB299  Golf Carts for Golden Beach / Patuxent Knolls

Golden Beach and Patuxent Knolls are small communities far from the hustle of Route 5. They’ve asked for permission to operate golf carts on their County roads like a car but without registration, only between dawn and dusk. Drivers still need a license!

 

SB1084  Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises

Maryland is required to award 1% of its procurement contracts to Veteran owned businesses, and we made it simpler for them to compete. Instead of going through a long VA process, veteran owned businesses will be trusted self-identify – businesses caught cheating will be penalized.

 

SB1165  Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS)

MLDS tracks students into the workforce so we know if our schools are really preparing them effectively. This bill extended that tracking, while protecting the data by restricting access, de-personalizing the data that is analyzed, restricting releasable data, and prohibiting the sale of data.

Gov. Hogan’s Agenda

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Gov. Hogan’s Agenda | Filed in News

Gov. Hogan introduced a massive agenda this year, and Maryland won as a result. Some of the Gov’s victories were:

St. Mary’s County Local Bills

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on St. Mary’s County Local Bills | Filed in News

St. Mary’s Local Bills: 18/18

  • Debt Package

The package gives the Commissioners the accountability to manage MetCom debt, gives them the $26.3 million debt authority that they requested, while at the same time responsibly limits County debt in the future.

MetCom made a number of puzzling decisions in borrowing over the last few years, and their debt is guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the County. The Commissioners review MetCom’s Operating Budget and must approve their Capital Budget, but missed those mistakes for years. In the future, MetCom will need a full BoCC hearing and vote for every new loan.

The Delegation authorized $26 million more for any remaining priorities in their last 2 years, and as a compromise the Commissioners agreed to $500,000 of tax relief for the County.

In 2005 a bond bill passed the Legislature with a huge drafting error that more than doubled the County debt limit and struck legally required language. Although the County was unaware of the mistakes in their own laws, when the Delegation found it the State’s Attorney General required us to submit legislation to fix it. While fixing this we made sure the County’s debt limit includes all the debt made against the good faith and credit of the County, which includes MetCom.

SB735 / HB914 St. Mary’s County – MetCom Authority to Borrow Money
SB736 / HB892 St. Mary’s County – Public Facility Bonds
SB737 / HB1055 St. Mary’s County – Indebtedness – Limitations

 

  • 10 Repeals

Lots of people ask if we ever get rid of old laws, and this year we got rid of ten archaic local laws that have been pre-empted by State law.

SB394 / HB243 St. Mary’s County – Auditing Requirements – Repeal
SB163 / HB208 St. Mary’s County – Electricians and Board of Electrical Examiners – Repeal
SB102 / HB109 St. Mary’s County – Farm Fences – Repeal
SB103 / HB187 St. Mary’s County – Foxes and Hounds – Repeal of Provisions
SB234 / HB404 St. Mary’s County – Land Records – Repeal
SB101 / HB194 St. Mary’s County – Licensing and Operation of Amusement Devices – Repeal
SB140 / HB207 St. Mary’s County – Local Plumbing Code – Repeal
SB162 / HB163 St. Mary’s County – Mobile Home Parks – Repeal
SB297 / HB431 St. Mary’s County – Tax Exemptions – Repeal of Local Provisions
SB124 / HB209 St. Mary’s County – Vocational Training Facility – Repeal

 

  • 5 New Local Laws

We made changes to dog tags, an update to salaries for some elected officials (after the next election), and a change to classification of some personnel at MetCom that should help them attract and retain the best people.  We also created 2 new types of local liquor licenses requested by the City of Leonardtown.

SB104 / HB108 St. Mary’s County – Regulation of Animals – Dogs
SB298 / HB682 St. Mary’s County – Sheriff, County Treasurer, and State’s Attorney – Salaries
SB395 / HB679 St. Mary’s County – Metropolitan Commission – Personnel
HB0526 St. Mary’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Art Establishment License
HB0538 St. Mary’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Beauty Salon License

Calvert County Local Bills

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Calvert County Local Bills | Filed in News

Calvert Local Bills: 3/5

HB1440 Calvert County – Solid Waste Disposal Contracts
HB1423 Calvert County – Board of License Commissioners – Notice and Hearing on Proposed Legislation
HB1439 / SB473 Calvert County – Bonding Authority

St. Mary’s County Funding

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on St. Mary’s County Funding | Filed in News

State Direct Aid to St. Mary’s County saw a $4.7 million increase. Education funding was most of that with an extra $4 million for K-12. Libraries saw an increase as did the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Public Safety stayed the same while the County got 18% more for Transportation, and $200,000 more for Program Open Space.

LEARN MORE: St. Mary’s State-Aid-by-Program-2017

 

$23M for St. Mary’s Capital Projects:

9,832,000 St. Mary’s College of Maryland, New  Academic Building and Auditorium
3,490,000 Point Lookout State Park, Lighthouse Restoration
3,344,500 Town Creek Water System Phase 1
2,231,500 Patuxent Park Water Main Replacement Phase 4
1,091,000 New Leonardtown Library
800,000 Garvey Senior Activity Center
500,000 Maryland Dove
415,000 Park Hall Elementary School
400,000 Hollywood Elementary School
250,000 Innovative Center for Automomous Systems
200,000 Robert Miedzinski Park Playground Replacement
150,000 St. Clements Island State Park, Re-Deck Piers
125,000  Point Lookout State Park, Re-Deck Marina Boardwalk and Piers
100,000 St.Clements Island North Pier
50,074 Aging Schools Program
30,000 St. Catherine’s Island – Shoreline Improvements
25,000 St. Mary’s County Public Boating Facilities Improvements
23,034,074 St. Mary’s Total

Calvert County Funding

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Calvert County Funding | Filed in News

Direct State Aid to Calvert County remained almost unchanged this year. Education funding for K-12 reflected the shrinking student population, but Libraries and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) saw increases. Public Safety stayed the same while Transportation funding increased by 16% and Program Open Space dramatically increased by over 70%.

LEARN MORE: Calvert State-Aid-by-Program-2017

 

$17M for Calvert Capital Projects:

 10,500,000 Northern High School
   4,250,000 Solomons Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
   1,617,500 Chesapeake Heights/Dares Beach Arsenic Treatment
      508,000 Calvert County Detention Center Site and Security Improvements
       75,000 Hallowing Point State Park – Boating Facility Master Plan
       50,000 North Beach Fire Department – Marine Fire/Rescue Boat Acquisition
       50,000 End Hunger in Calvert County Warehouse
       38,292 Aging Schools Program
 17,088,792 Calvert Total

Maryland Precincts

February 6, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Maryland Precincts | Filed in News
I made a map of how we actually vote, precinct by precinct. It’s Red if the top of the ticket went Republican in ’14 and ’16; Blue if the precinct went Democrat both times – but White if it changed from one election to the next.
We can argue if Maryland is the most gerrymandered state in the Union but there is no doubt our districts are manipulated. The real question is, what is fair representation for our citizens?

(right click to download high resolution image)

2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship Applications Now Available

January 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on 2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship Applications Now Available | Filed in News

29th District Senatorial Scholarship Program

Legal residents of the 29th Legislative District may apply to Senator Steve Waugh for a Senatorial Scholarship.  Completed applications will be accepted through March 30, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Senatorial Scholarships may be awarded in addition to other State scholarships, including the Hope Scholarship. However, the total of all State scholarships awarded cannot exceed $14,000. Senator Waugh encourages students in his district to apply to other organizations for financial aid in addition to the Senatorial Scholarship.

Applications received by the March 30th deadline will be reviewed by a committee of community leaders and educators from the 29th District. All awards must be used at an eligible institution within the State of Maryland and by undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. If your major is not offered through a Maryland school, please visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s website at www.mhec.state.md.us for information on how to have your major declared unique.  Applicants are responsible for confirming they are residents of the 29th Legislative District.  Failure to do so will result in application not being considered.  To confirm your legislative District please visit www.mdelect.net. 

Applicants who have been selected to receive a scholarship will be notified sometime in the month of June.

2017-2018 Senatorial Scholarship packet

 

 

Senator Waugh Announces Hold of Transportation Funding Formula

December 6, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Announces Hold of Transportation Funding Formula | Filed in Latest News, News, Press Releases

Senator Steve Waugh (R, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties) was notified today that the co- chairs of the Maryland General Assembly Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn notifying them of the Committee’s intent to hold the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Major Transportation Project Scoring and Ranking System regulations.  Senator Waugh received this notification through his membership on the AELR Committee.

The regulations are the result of controversial legislation that passed during the 2016 Legislative Session, that Gov. Hogan calls the “Road Kill Bill.”  Following the passage of the legislation, the Governor promptly vetoed the legislation which was then reversed in the final hours of the 2016 Session.  The formula required the Department to “evaluate, score, and rank certain major capital projects” with a scoring system that would heavily favor transportation projects in more populated urban areas of the State and cancel projects in less populated rural areas of the State.  Under this new formula every new transportation project in Southern Maryland would be canceled, including the replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge which connects St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties.

During a November 18th AELR hearing in Annapolis to discuss these regulations, it became abundantly clear to Senator Waugh that the currently proposed regulations did not satisfy the needs of any jurisdiction in this state, the inclination of the Administration, or any legislators’ intent (including the authors of the bill).

Upon receiving notice from the Committee, Senator Waugh stated, “I am proud to fight hard and be your voice in Annapolis, and I am thrilled that my recommendation to the Committee was so persuasive to at least temporarily halt a disaster nobody wants. Now we have some breathing room that may allow Maryland to step back from the edge of a cliff, and give every jurisdiction and Marylanders fair and equal consideration of transportation projects.”

Registration is open for Senator Waugh’s Ride and Roast!

September 19, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Registration is open for Senator Waugh’s Ride and Roast! | Filed in News

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