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Senator Waugh Receives Perfect Pro-Business Score

September 12, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Receives Perfect Pro-Business Score | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh is pleased to announce that for the second 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-business position. MBRG considers cumulative scores above 70% as pro-business.

 
Each year, MBRG selects recorded votes from the most recent General Assembly session that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce. MBRG identifies the selected bills in Roll Call and analyzes the votes to produce a score for each legislator. This year, 14 Senators and 29 Delegates received perfect scores of 100%, whereas 2 Senators and 31 Delegates scored below 30%. For the 2016 analysis, Roll Call analyzed 7 Senate votes and 13 House votes.

 
In response to receiving the perfect rating, Senator Waugh stated “Governor Hogan said, ‘Maryland is Open for Business’ and I am proud to fight alongside him to make it happen. Jobs are the issue – to create jobs here, we have to do business here.”

 
“There were some disconcerting bills introduced in the 2016 legislative session that can be very detrimental to the business climate, employment, and overall economy of Maryland. Some of those bills passed, some were defeated, and – thankfully – others did not make it out of their respective committees,” said Duane Carey, MBRG President.

 
“We’re very concerned that those rejected bills will show up again in the next session. We hope that Marylanders will look past the innocuous or even encouraging names of these bills and hold their legislators accountable for what is actually in them…what their actual effects will be.”

 
The 2016 edition of Roll Call can be downloaded at www.MBRG.org/Roll-Call.

Senator Steve Waugh Announces 1st Annual Bull and Oyster Roast!

August 16, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Steve Waugh Announces 1st Annual Bull and Oyster Roast! | Filed in News

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Waugh Forum #2- Liquor Laws

July 20, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Waugh Forum #2- Liquor Laws | Filed in News

As your State Senator I am honored to serve you on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. We held over 500 hearings on a wide variety of legislation, making us the busiest committee in Annapolis. This year we had about 140 local and statewide alcohol related bills come through the various Senate committees that should be of interest to those who have a liquor license.

Please join me for an open discussion on the impact of the liquor licensing issues introduced and passed during the 2016 session as well as provide input for the upcoming session. We’ll talk about what happened, what didn’t, and why. Talking with you personally gives me a perspective other Senators do not have; I need to hear from you what is important for next year.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 26 at the the Lexington Park Library from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public. There is no need to RSVP, however, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 410-841-3673 or email me at steve.waugh@senate.state.md.us.

Senator Waugh Announces Formation of AeroMaryland

June 20, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Waugh Announces Formation of AeroMaryland | Filed in News

Senator Steve Waugh (R, Calvert & St. Mary’s Counties) and the St. Mary’s Delegation are honored to jointly announce the formation of AeroMaryland, an exciting new venture of local businesses, the Navy Alliance, the Patuxent Partnership, and the County Government in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Commerce.

AeroMaryland will be an umbrella of businesses pursuing fast new contracts to deliver critical technologies to the Department of Defense. It will enable businesses and universities in St. Mary’s County to quickly respond to the needs of the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) through AIRWORKS, their rapid prototyping and integration office. “We’ve got to grow the economy and diversify our industry in St. Mary’s County and the State. AeroMaryland is how,” Senator Waugh stated.

Delegate Deb Rey (R, St. Mary’s County) said, “AeroMaryland will uncover hidden technical potential and value from research and development facilities,” first at NAS Patuxent River and eventually Aberdeen Proving Grounds. They will use commercial service contracts and cooperative research agreements to optimize and leverage each other’s resources.
AeroMaryland will make the State an aviation powerhouse and provide diversification for Southern Maryland. It will apply the preeminent technical capabilities from across the entire state to new areas of the civil and commercial aerospace and autonomous systems economy.

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Gill stated, “I’m all in for growing our target industries in Maryland, and aerospace is one of the sectors that is so important to the state as well as to the nation. With NAS Patuxent River and Indian Head, Southern Maryland is a center of naval aviation and I wouldn’t trade those assets for anything.”

“The Navy’s acquisition requirements are changing and we have to change with them.” stated Retired Rear Admiral Steve Eastburg, who has spearheaded the AeroMaryland effort for months.

The official backing of the State comes after months of meetings in Senator Waugh’s Annapolis office and in St. Mary’s County with delegates, commissioners, the Maryland Department of Commerce, local businesses, non-profits and initial customers to discuss the best path forward. The program will officially launch with the hiring of an Executive Director who will be tasked with executing business planning and market analysis.

Incoming President of the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, Brian Norris, stated “The Alliance is ready to commit a share of the funding needed to help make this a reality. AeroMaryland is a path to further economic prosperity for Southern Maryland and the State.”

Patuxent Partnership Executive Director Bonnie Green said “AeroMaryland is the route to aviation technology innovation and growth, including autonomous and manned systems, additive manufacturing, and increased foreign military sales opportunities.”

AeroMaryland, once active, will attract businesses from across the country to Maryland. St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Jarboe (R) stated, “Maryland is Open for Business, and St. Mary’s is nailing up the shingle for AeroMaryland.”

Delegate Matt Morgan (R-St. Mary’s County) stated, “Exciting things are happening as Maryland expands the A,B,C’s of a new economy. For years, Maryland’s Department of Commerce focused on building Bio-tech and Cyber-tech as the State’s primary industries, and AeroMaryland creates a third leg to Maryland’s economy.”

Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) business friendly policies made AeroMaryland possible. Capping spending prevented tax increases for two years, creating a more favorable business climate.

“Jobs are the issue, and AeroMaryland will bring completely new jobs here from existing Navy customers, then from Army customers at Aberdeen, and ultimately from foreign military and commercial customers around the world. AeroMaryland is a better return for the State than anything else we’ve done,” Senator Waugh said.

Senator Steve Waugh Announces June 16th Birthday Celebration!

June 1, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Senator Steve Waugh Announces June 16th Birthday Celebration! | Filed in News

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2016 Session Wrap-up

May 12, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on 2016 Session Wrap-up | Filed in News

I am pleased to share my take on the wins and losses from the 2016 Legislative Session. For more information please check out my two minute report!

Code Home Impact Analysis

May 10, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Code Home Impact Analysis | Filed in News

Many folks have asked my opinion on Code Home and if it is a good choice for St. Mary’s or Calvert County. After much research into the resources of the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) I drafted the Summary below that I put into an Impact Analysis presentation to the St. Mary’s County Commissioners. Both are fully referenced and linked to allow you to check it out for yourself.

Code Home Impact Analysis v2

Code Home Impact Summary

Session 2016: Final Thoughts

April 13, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Session 2016: Final Thoughts | Filed in News

The 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly was even busier than last year, having considered more than 2817 bills and 15 joint resolutions before adjourning on April 11 on what’s known as Sine Die. For the most part, the Senate passed a fiscally responsible budget that involved ‘No new taxes and no new spending.’

In addition, there were many local bills dealing with job creation for Marylanders. “I am proud to have sponsored a number of bills that benefit Southern Maryland.” Most notable was the passage of SB 998/HB 917, which as passed provides a property tax credit for new or expanding businesses in St. Mary’s County (similar to a credit already offered in Calvert County).

“Once again, disciplined spending is the order of the day, with a $400 million surplus balance that will result in no new taxes. In addition, we delivered on improved education and more job creation in southern Maryland, like the $3.1 million to stop erosion of the St. Leonard’s Creek Shoreline.”

Below are highlights of several bills I sponsored that were successful during the 2016 Session:

SB 66- Professional Corporations – Approval of Corporate Name by Licensing Unit and Professional Organization – Exemption- exempts any professional corporation in which a majority of the stockholders are individuals licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized to practice a health occupation under the Health Occupations Article from the requirement that the corporation name be approved by the appropriate licensing unit and professional organization under specified circumstances.
SB 401- Charles County and St. Mary’s County – Deer Management Permit – Firearms– authorizes an individual who holds a Deer Management Permit in Charles County and St. Mary’s County to use a shotgun or breech loading center fired rifle approved by the Department of Natural Resources to hunt deer throughout the year, including all deer hunting seasons, in the locations and under the conditions set forth in the permit.
SB 509- Real Property – Actions to Quiet Title– creates rules of practice and procedure to bring action in circuit court against adverse claims to real property to “quiet” title (a method for determining the validity of adverse claims or other clouds on title to real property).
SB 606-Maryland College Collaboration for Student Veterans Commission-establishes a commission to assist veterans to successfully transition into higher education, to share best practices among institutions of higher education and State agencies, work with institutions of higher education in the State to provide services to veterans, and publish an annual report and any other material it deems necessary.
SB 998/HB 917-St. Mary’s County – Property Tax Credit – New or Expanding Businesses– authorizes St. Mary’s County or a municipality in the county to grant, by law, a property tax credit for any property owned or leased by a new or expanding business that creates 10 or more full-time jobs in an industry targeted for expansion by the St. Mary’s County Economic Development Commission.
Passage of two Capital Bond Bills for local projects-
Historic Sotterley Plantation- $100,000 for use towards improvement projects
Historic St. Mary’s City Commission- $300,000 to be used towards reconstruction of the the Dove Pier.

Winning Budget for Marylanders

March 31, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Winning Budget for Marylanders | Filed in News

The Maryland General Assembly has passed a $42 billion budget that gives Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland a FY 2017 budget that contains a reasonable increase in funds for projects that ensure the state maintains its commitment to programs that benefit the well-being of its residents.

The FY 2017 budget shows real leadership: funds our top priorities and maintains a surplus – with no new taxes.

It provides cautious economic stewardship by both the Governor and the General Assembly. At the same time, it reflects our values to fund programs that benefit all residents while holding firm on budgetary restraints.

With a $403 million surplus in the general fund, the House and Senate passed SB 190 with less than a half percent change in the Governor’s budget request. In addition, this budget will result in a five-year structural deficit of over $280 million, down from the $5.1 billion deficit estimated in December 2014.

To fund state priorities, the General Assembly cut and restricted $136 million, $80 million of which was redirected from the Governor’s proposed appropriation to the Rainy Day Fund to cover existing and new programs. Priorities funded in this budget will:

  • Maintain the state’s commitment to its public schools with over $6.3 billion in financial support for public schools
  • Provide $15.0 million to assist with the transition to a new Prince George’s County Regional Medical System, $21.5 million for strategic demolition neighborhood revitalization projects across the state, a significant increase in critical maintenance funding to preserve state facilities, and $2.0 million in new funding for the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund to support rural entrepreneurship and community development
  • Keep higher education tuition increases low
  • Provide vital health care services to vulnerable populations and funding for physicians
  • Increase by $12.1 million spending on substance abuse disorders to cover new and expanded services and treatment for individuals with a substance abuse disorder

For additional information about the Budget Bill as passed, please visit the following link- http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Pubs/BudgetFiscal/2016rs-budget-docs-operating-cc-summary.pdf

Tolerance – Maryland’s Gift

March 29, 2016 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Comments Off on Tolerance – Maryland’s Gift | Filed in News

Tolerance Becomes Law of Land

Tuesday night we watched more election returns in one of the most colorful presidential primaries since Andrew Jackson in 1824, and the word ‘intolerant’ has been bandied about so much we forget its true meaning. But on the same day, ISIS terrorists attacked Belgium, killing and wounding hundreds of innocents, reminding us of its real meaning.

This is our states’ most important heritage. Maryland’s fight for religious tolerance began in England and became the foundation for our laws, our Constitutional Rights and democratic movements around the world.

While England was gripped between Protestants and Catholics in the Thirty Years War, George Calvert, the Lord Baltimore, convinced King Charles I to sign a charter for his new colony modeled on the Palatinate of Durham from the Middle Ages, rather than that of the already established English colonies of Virginia or Massachusetts.

The charter was purposely vague and did not mention particular faiths to ensure a policy of religious freedom would be followed in Maryland, thereby preventing a repeat in the colony of the unhappy religious and political troubles prevalent in England. Calvert made every effort to impress upon his settlers the necessity for avoiding religious controversy. But when King Charles I lost the English Civil War he also lost his head, and support for the charter was weakened.

Protestants and Puritans from other colonies began to settle in Maryland, bringing with them renewed religious friction and political discord. It became clear that the consent of the people of the colony would be problematic.

Listen to the words from the Governors oath of 1648: “I will do equal right and justice to the Poor and to the Rich within the same Province. And I do further swear that I will not by myself nor any Person directly or indirectly trouble, molest or discountenance any Person whatsoever in the said Province professing to believe in Jesus, and in particular no Roman Catholic, for or in respect of His or Her Religion, not in His or Her Free Exercise thereof.”

In 1648 Maryland knew the essence of tolerance is allowing others the free practice of religion. And they explicitly included women. I suspect Margaret Brent, our first female lobbyist jammed it in with an amendment on 2nd reader.

In 1650 Lord Baltimore required every man and women in the colony to take an Oath of Fidelity, “I swear to not anyways infringe or prejudice Liberty of Conscience in point of Religion.” This may have extended to the Jewish faith, because some historians believe that Matthias da Sousa was our first Jewish assemblyman in St. Mary’s City – and African-American to boot. How’s that for diversity in 1642?

These principles became policy 140 years later when our Bill of Rights addressed freedom of religion. The key concept is that I will not infringe on your practice. I may not like it, I may be offended by it, but I won’t kill you or force you to convert. That was tolerance.

Intolerance turns into Maryland’s Colonial War

Despite their best efforts, the colonists could not escape religious persecution. Back in England they didn’t get the memo; the Glorious Revolution of 1688 deposed a Catholic King James, replacing him with the Protestant King William.

This boiled over into Maryland as Protestants felt Lord Baltimore favored Catholics and was disloyal to William and Mary. Armies massed, battles were fought up and down the Chesapeake. 700 men laid siege to loyalists at Mattapany House in St. Mary’s County.

In 1704 Protestants won out, moved the Capitol to Annapolis, Maryland reverted to royal control, Catholics were barred from holding office, and the Anglican Church declared the official religion. “An Act to prevent the Growth of Popery within the Province” barred Catholics from teaching school. The Sheriff locked the doors of the Church in St. Mary’s City to prevent Catholics from worshiping.

This was the death of Tolerance.

6 days ago the Sheriff ceremonially unlocked the door to the reconstructed chapel at Historic St. Mary’s City that now is the resting place for Phillip Calvert, his wife, his daughter, and a display of Father Andrew White’s account and Leonard Calvert’s letter describing the original intent for this colony.

Role of tolerance in today’s society

Switch to modern day…. and we see real intolerance within and outside our country. Discord in the Middle East reflects a “deadly” return of religious intolerance, often blaming western cultures that do not follow their twisted beliefs.

There are startling parallels between religious intolerance in the 1600’s and Islamic persecution of persons who do not sympathize with the beliefs of ISIS.  By August 2015, ISIS had already issued a warning to Iraq’s Christian population that they could convert, pay extra taxes, or be killed. The group has murdered thousands in Iraq as well as raped women and girls in the name of Allah. That is intolerance.

A member of the ISIS terrorist organization, referring to Christians said, “There is nothing to give them but the sword”.

That is intolerance.

Conclusions

Radical groups like ISIS targets America and our allies because our commitment to tolerance is anathema to them. The AP reports, The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks….” Colleagues, make no mistake, they are here too.

America is a shining beacon to people living in cultures of intolerance. I have seen it firsthand, all over the world.

It is also true that intolerance and hate manifested themselves within American history and culture.  But tolerance in this country produced positive societal beliefs on religion, politics, gender, race, freedom of speech, employment, housing, targeted investments, and human rights. As Dr. Miller might say, remember our faults but celebrate our achievements.

For our present lives we must remember the difference between offense and intolerance. We may be offended by other people’s words and ideas; but, forcing our beliefs and ideas on others is intolerant. Making others conform to our values is intolerance.

Since 1776, the United States of America remains one of the few large nations in the history of the world that has never been torn by the conflict of religious strife.

As Americans, we value freedom and the liberty to live as we wish with as little interference as possible. It is also the reason citizens of other countries envy our governance process and way of life.

The Maryland General Assembly, in particular, has a rich history of addressing tolerance in ways that enrich the lives of Marylanders.

Tolerance is truly an American value.  Assaults on our politics and lifestyle only fortify our belief in the American way of life.

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Senator Steve Waugh
2W Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-841-3673 | 301-858-3673 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3673

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