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SB-911 Veteran Suicide Prevention

February 6, 2018 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on SB-911 Veteran Suicide Prevention | Filed in News

The Veteran’s Summit identified suicide prevention as the #1 Priority over every other Health, Personal Matter, Education, Employment and Tax issue for vets and their families.

SB-911 attacks it.

Veterans are at an increased risk for suicide; an average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day. In consonance with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office and VA guidance, support Maryland initiatives advancing community-based and holistic approaches to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention using a range of medical and non-medical resources (public, private, and non-profit). There is an increased risk for suicide associated with National Guard and Reserves transitions such as activation, deployments, and reintegration.

Outreach and education efforts must be comprehensive, and include: the Veteran, family members, caregivers, educators, & other organizations. Fully informed consent criteria remain germane (all demographics affected).

SB-911 is so important, and so bi-partisan, that every single Senator co-sponsored it.

That doesn’t happen often.

SB-911 requires the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs to develop an action plan to increase access to and the availability of professional veteran health services to prevent veteran suicides that are ripping apart our state.

The plan will include short and long term initiatives and reforms for immediate implementation. The plan will identify opportunities to raise awareness, increase access to services, identify funding sources, provide measures to expand public-private partnerships. The plan will provide proactive outreach measures, peer-to-peer service coordination, and address veterans involved in the justice system. The plan will require collaboration with the state Dept of Health, US Dept of Veteran Affairs, veteran advocacy groups, medical providers and many more.

SB-911 is the culmination of a year’s effort to identify the most important problem, and four years of building relationships in the Senate.

2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship Application Packet

January 8, 2018 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on 2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship Application Packet | 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, 2018 for the 2018-2019 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.

2018 Scholarship Packet

2017 Veterans Agenda Results

December 11, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on 2017 Veterans Agenda Results | Filed in News

The Need

If you ask most of Maryland’s 430,000 veterans they’d say Maryland needs to be more veteran friendly.  “Veteran Friendly” means different things to different people.  There are hundreds of veteran groups across the country and they all have their top priority.  But the veteran community in Maryland has never spoken in a single voice.  What we need is a Veteran’s Agenda for Maryland.  We had to find the veteran groups, draft a starting list of issues, categorize them, and figure out what’s already in law.

So What are We Doing About it?

On November 7th, the Maryland General Assembly Veterans Caucus invited 150 veteran groups to the First Veterans Summit.  Held in Annapolis over 50 veterans service organizations showed up to be the voice of their veteran community.  Prior to the Summit, our team reviewed every veteran bill passed in every one of the other 49 states during 2016 and distilled down the list to 135 distinct ideas.  From there five work groups were created: Health, Education, Jobs, Taxes, and Personal Matters.  Summit participants were separated into these work groups and spent the day identifying the top issues in each area. Work groups used the other states issues as a starting point from which to add or subtract from, then prioritize.  Each issue was considered for impact on every member of the veteran family, including National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, spouses, children, disabled, senior, retired and the honorably discharged.

The Result

The final result is a Veterans Agenda for Maryland – about 35 issues including suicide prevention, transition assistance, retraining, local resource centers and tax exemptions.  The veteran community finally spoke with one voice to the legislature.
Legislators are genuinely excited about this in Annapolis, and on Tuesday, December 5th I presented the agenda to state legislators nationwide.  If we’re lucky, dozens of other legislators will use it to file bills with people they don’t often work with, across party lines and between the House and Senate – in many states.

Going Forward

My hope is the Veterans Agenda will form the core of the Maryland Veterans Caucus mission for years to come, and make Maryland the most Veteran Friendly state in the Union.  I want to give our Veterans a strong voice in Maryland.

Semper Fidelis,

Steve Waugh
Senator, St. Mary’s & Calvert Counties
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Education Forum

November 18, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Education Forum | Filed in News

For folks who could not join us Wednesday night, these are the slides presented.

2017 Education Forum

 

Harvey Relief- How We Can Help

September 1, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Harvey Relief- How We Can Help | Filed in News
We’ve all seen Nature’s fury descend on the Gulf Coast, pouring the equivalent of the Chesapeake Bay on Texas. We’ve also seen the best in humanity as neighbor helps neighbor through the crisis.
I’ve watched my old high school friends struggle through it all with extraordinary American spirit. Many here in Southern Maryland want to help. Some are organizing, but most don’t know how they can.
The people on the scene know what they need so I reached out to Texas State Senator Larry Taylor, who represents part of the affected area. Senator Taylor has given me a list of charities in his District that need our help.
I encourage you to take the below list to your community groups, church, or fraternal organizations and connect directly. Every dollar counts.
Thank you for your support.  We stand with Texas.
S/F
Steve
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Somebody Cares is partnering with churches in the greater Houston area to provide ongoing relief for victims. Right now they are feeding thousands of folks in Friendswood, Pearland, Brazoria County, and Galveston County and will continue their work after the Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, etc. leave.
Contact: Rick Torrison, 832-512-7421
Kidz Harbor is a children’s shelter that our office works with frequently. They lost all of their furniture in the flooding, and will need to replace beds, couches, washers and dryers, etc. They would be an excellent partner to work with.
Contact: Sharon Beard, sbeard@kidzharbor.org, 281-581-2505
The Pearland Neighborhood Center provides a variety of services to local families (rent assistance, food bank, GED scholarships, etc.) They have a short term need for bug spray, sunscreen, bleach, Gatorade, baby wipes and trash bags, but the anticipation is that the needs of the community will drastically increase in the coming weeks and months.
Contact: Naomi Stevens, eva@pnc.com, 281-485-1987

Veteran Summit

August 21, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Veteran Summit | Filed in News

Senator Waugh is proud to announce the Veterans Caucus will host a Veteran Summit, November 7th, at the State Senate Office Building in Annapolis.

The Caucus is inviting over 100 veteran service organizations to send a representative as the voice of their veteran community. The goal of the Veteran Summit is to identify the top priorities within each of five separate categories: Health, Education, Jobs, Taxes, and Personal matters.

The initial list of 135 issues was drawn from a search of over 360 veteran bills passed by one of the other 49 states during 2016. Representatives at the Summit will use those categorized issues as a starting point from which to add or subtract from, then prioritize. Each issue shall be considered for impact on every member of the veteran family, including National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty, spouses, children, disabled, Senior, Retired and the honorably discharged.

Invitations will be going out soon, however, organizations can contact the Caucus now and commit to participate. Veteran organizations that have multiple chapters throughout the state will be limited to a single representative. Any veteran organizations that want to participate should immediately contact the Caucus for assignment to a category working group. Every participant will have an opportunity to vote on every issue in every category at the end of the Summit.

The product of the summit will be a Veterans Agenda that will represent the voice of the veteran community to the Maryland General Assembly, providing a menu and road map for legislation. The Veterans Agenda will be a bipartisan, bi-cameral legislative agenda, and will form the core of the Veterans Caucus mission for years to come. The Veterans Agenda will light the path to make Maryland the most Veteran-friendly state in the Union.

Liquor Laws Forum Presentation

July 20, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Liquor Laws Forum Presentation | Filed in News

For those unable to attend last night’s Liquor Laws Forum, I have uploaded my PowerPoint presentation which highlights bills that passed as well as those I expect to make a return next year.  As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

2017 Alcohol Forum

-Senator Steve Waugh

Veteran’s Forum Presentation

June 26, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Veteran’s Forum Presentation | Filed in News

For those unable to attend last week’s Veteran’s forum, I have uploaded my PowerPoint presentation which highlights bills that passed as well as those I expect to make a return next year.  As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

2017 Veteran Forum 

-Senator Steve Waugh

Senator Waugh Receives 3rd Consecutive Perfect Pro-Jobs Score

June 15, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Receives 3rd Consecutive Perfect Pro-Jobs Score | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row he has received a 100% score from Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) in this year’s General Assembly scorecard, indicating a pro-jobs position. MBRG considers cumulative scores above 70% as pro-jobs.

Each year, MBRG’s State Advisory Council selects recorded votes from the most recent General Assembly session that are essential to create/retain jobs and promote a healthy business climate throughout Maryland. MBRG identifies these bills in Roll Call and analyzes the votes to produce a score for each legislator. For the 2017 analysis, Roll Call analyzed 15 Senate votes and 16 House votes.

Upon receiving news he once again received a perfect score, Senator Waugh stated “Jobs are the issue; making Maryland better for business will keep and grow jobs for our children.”

“We appreciate those legislators who are able to look deeper at a bill, beyond an innocuous bill title, such as The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, for example, to recognize that such mandates not only harm Maryland’s business climate, but will likely cause even more hardship for the very people the bills purport to help. Mandated paid leave is irrelevant if you no longer have a job.” said Duane Carey, President of MBRG.

MBRG is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and individuals. Its purpose is to inform Maryland’s business community, elected officials, and the general public about the political and economic environment needed to foster economic development and job creation in Maryland. Annual evaluations of the voting records of Maryland’s state and federal legislators enable MBRG and its members to hold politicians accountable for the state’s economic well-being like no other organization.

Roll Call is compiled by an independent advisory council of roughly 18 organizations (companies, chambers of commerce, and other business and trade organizations) involved in the 90-day session in Annapolis. The purpose of Roll Call is to educate, inform, and empower Maryland employers, business owners, and others to engage in a dialogue with elected officials on issues critical to a healthy economic development climate in Maryland. MBRG has been issuing its annual report card for 32 years.

The 2017 edition of Roll Call can be downloaded at www.MBRG.org/Roll-Call.

Birthday Celebration Event- June 15th, 2017

June 6, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Birthday Celebration Event- June 15th, 2017 | Filed in News
 It was a great year!
As your State Senator representing District 29 in Annapolis,
 I will continue to fight for less government spending, less government bureaucracy and your Second Amendment rights.
But I can’t do this without your support!
Please join me on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Elements Eatery and Mixology in Lexington Park for a casual evening among friends as we discuss the 2017 legislative session, look forward to 2018 and all that’s in between!  The evening will include light fare and non-alcoholic drinks; a cash bar will be available.  And of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without a cake!
Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available. To RSVP and purchase your tickets please click on the link below.
I hope to see you on June 15th!
To register or make a donation, click here

 

   
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