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MARYLAND – Wednesday was opening day for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers say they’re in for a busy session with lots of legislation underway.
We’re told Wednesday set the pace for the next 90 days, with the focus on things like health in terms of COVID-19 and finding more ways to keep Marylanders safe. Senator Mary Beth Carozza tells 47ABC her priorities are in line with Governor Hogan, with things like public safety and anti-crime legislation will be in this session. She adds she’s also focused on education and keeping students in the classroom safely and fair representation.
“We’ve basically had two tracks. One is the congressional map which is what we worked on in the special session, and now we will work on the state legislative maps for senators and delegates,” Sen. Carozza said. “Again, I am strongly against gerrymandered maps because what that means is that it’s simply not fair for my constituents on the Eastern Shore. So I will be looking for fairness and representation.”
Senator Carozza also says her committee handles the highest number of bills in the entire Maryland General Assembly this session. We’re told hearings being held in committees will be virtual at least until mid-February.
Senator Carozza Recieves 100% Score 2021 Maryland Matters, MD Humane Society
Thirty of Maryland’s 47 state senators received perfect scores on an annual legislative report card released late last month by the Maryland Humane Society Legislative Fund…
“Most Democrats in the Senate racked up 100% scores, and so did four Republicans: Sens. Mary Beth Carozza (Lower Shore), who was the chief Senate sponsor of the balloon ban, Stephen S. Hershey Jr. (Upper Shore), Edward R. Reilly (Anne Arundel), and Bryan W. Simonaire (Anne Arundel). The lowest scores — 50% — went to Republican Sens. Paul D. Corderman (Washington), George C. Edwards (Garrett), Michael J. Hough (Frederick) and Justin D. Ready (Carroll).”
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Senator Mary Beth Carozza Appointed
to the Governor’s Family Violence Council
Annapolis, Md. – Senate Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire is pleased to announce the appointment of Senator Mary Beth Carozza (Lower Shore) to the Governor’s Family Violence Council.
“It was my pleasure to recommend Senator Carozza for the Governor’s Family Violence Council. Senator Carozza has been involved in these issues during her time as a legislator, and most recently as a member of the Child Custody Domestic Violence Workgroup. I know she will be a valuable asset in advancing the work and mission of the Council.”
The Governor’s Family Violence Council is charged with providing the Governor with timely and accurate information on family violence with recommendations to reduce and eliminate abusive behaviors. It is comprised of a dedicated group of government officials, law enforcement professionals, legislators, community advocates, victims’ rights representatives, state and local government representatives and survivors.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on this Governor's Council focusing on preventing and reducing family violence in Maryland. By working with all the partners including family victim organizations, child advocacy groups, and law enforcement, we can advance policies and community initiatives that better protect more Marylanders from family violence," said Senator Mary Beth Carozza.