2019 Maryland General Assembly Update Week Two-Making History and Back to Business

History was made as we celebrated the Inauguration of Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford on Wednesday, January 16. Then, we’re back to business: Senator Mary Beth Carozza also participated in the 2019 Chesapeake Environmental & Economic Summit; attended Committee meetings on higher education and the Department of Natural Resources throughout the week; attended the first Veteran’s Caucus meeting of the 2019 legislative session; and began reviewing Governor Hogan’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

On Wednesday, January 16, Governor Larry Hogan was sworn in for his second term as Governor of the State of Maryland. Senator Carozza and other members of the Maryland General Assembly attended a special morning prayer service and participated in the official opening of the sealed election results in the House of Delegates chamber before the official swearing in of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the Senate chamber. Afterwards, the ceremonies moved outside as the Governor and Lieutenant Governor addressed the public. As only the second Republican governor in Maryland’s history to be reelected, Governor Hogan gave an inspirational address calling on all Marylanders to work together to “keep changing Maryland for the better and continue setting an example for the rest of the nation.”

The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee was briefed on higher education in the state of Maryland and the Department of Natural Resources. During the higher education briefings, Senator Carozza asked Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary Fielder about resources available to coordinate educational goals with job readiness and how to share the best practices with smaller schools around the state. At the Department of Natural Resources briefing, the full Committee was informed about the department and oyster restoration efforts. Senator Carozza used this time to inquire about efforts to protect the horses on Assateague Island and advocate for commercial watermen being included in the discussion of the oyster restoration and management program.

Senator Carozza participated in the first Maryland General Assembly meeting of the Veteran’s Caucus, hearing from Veterans Secretary George W. Owings, III and Army National Guard Brigadier General Janeen L. Birckhead of Snow Hill. Their briefing to Caucus Members focused on their outreach and advocacy programs designed to improve the lives of veterans statewide. The Caucus also received a presentation from the Maryland Military Coalition. Senator Carozza will support their legislative agenda that includes suicide prevention, a second state veteran’s home, and making military retirement income completely tax free. Senator Carozza is a strong advocate for veterans and they were the subject of her first and final pieces of legislation during her term in the House of Delegates.

“Governor Hogan’s budget keeps Maryland’s fiscal house in order and funds Shore priorities,” said Senator Carozza after her preliminary review of Governor Hogan’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. Carozza noted that Governor Hogan’s $19.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget includes $247.8 million for substance use disorder services, which would support the Poplar Hill Recovery Center in Wicomico County. The Governor’s budget proposals include $30 million to strengthen school safety with $10 million targeted for additional school resources officers and mental health counselors. Carozza also noted an additional $610,000 for the Tourism Development Board; $500,000 for the Somerset County Visitors Center; and a 7% salary enhancement for correctional officers. Senator Carozza also signed on to support Governor Hogan’s legislation that would increase funding for the amount of the bonding authority which the Maryland Stadium Authority has for the Ocean City Convention Center expansion to $24.5 million.

Shore visitors in Annapolis this week included Josh and Mimi Shannahan of Hill’s Drug Store in Easton; Denise Hill and Bill Rickman of Ocean Downs Racetrack and Casino; Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison; Retired Somerset County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Long; Wicomico County Republican Central Committee member Wendy Anspacher and her husband, Greg; and Fairmount Volunteer Fire Company Chief Frank Lusk and his grandson, Ethan.



Senator Carozza working with Somerset County Watermen’s Association President Roger Dize and Vice President Gregory Price at the 2019 Chesapeake Environmental & Economic Summit.
Senator Carozza attending the Inauguration of Governor Larry Hogan and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford.

Delegate Charles Otto, Fairmount Volunteer Fire Company Chief Frank Lusk, Senator Mary Beth Carozza, and Ethan Lusk in Senator Carozza’s office.

2019 Maryland General Assembly Update Opening Week – New Beginnings

The 439th Maryland General Assembly convened on January 9, 2019 with the swearing in of 17 new State Senators and a welcome from Governor Larry Hogan with an emphasis to work together in a bipartisan manner during the 90-day legislative session which ends Sine Die—on April 8, 2019. During the first week, Senator Mary Beth Carozza (District 38 – Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset) was sworn into the State Senate, attended her first Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing, and the organizational Eastern Shore Delegation meeting.

Senator Mary Beth Carozza began her first term as a State Senator at noon on January 9, 2019. She was accompanied on the Senate Floor by her parents, Mary Pat and Tony Carozza, and former Congressman and President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate Dave Hobson and his wife, Carolyn. Attending in the Senate gallery were Senator Carozza’s District Representative Pat Schrawder and Allan Beres of Ocean City. During the first Session, Governor Larry Hogan addressed the Senate and encouraged the members to work together for the people of Maryland.

Senator Carozza attended the organizational Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee meeting on Thursday, January 10 led by new Chairman, Senator Paul Pinsky of Prince George’s County. Afterwards, the full Committee was given an overview briefing on the Maryland Department of Planning. During this briefing, Carozza inquired about specialized assistance, training, and resources available to smaller localities in her District. She also commended Regional Planning Coordinator Tracey Gordy, who is providing invaluable assistance to Crisfield and other Shore municipalities as they continue to grow and expand job and economic development opportunities.

Senator Carozza also attended the organizational Eastern Shore Delegation meeting on Friday, January 11. University of Maryland Eastern Shore President Dr. Heidi Anderson was in attendance and spoke about the university and its partnerships with other area schools and the private sector like Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).

During opening week, Carozza had the opportunity to visit with numerous community and business leaders, and other locals from the Shore. These include her parents, Mary Pat and Tony Carozza of Ocean Pines; Pat Schrawder of Ocean City; Allan Beres of Ocean City; Bunky Luffman of Delmar; John Watson IV of Berlin; Michael and Marya Finegan of Wicomico County; Ocean City Firefighter’s Association President Ryan Whittington; University of Maryland Eastern Shore President Dr. Heidi Anderson; and Eastern Correctional Institution family support advocate Kerry Carr of Somerset County.



(l to r): Former Congressman and President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate Dave Hobson, Carolyn Hobson; Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller; Senator Mary Beth Carozza; her parents Mary Pat and Tony Carozza on Opening Day of the 439th Maryland General Assembly.
It’s official— Senator Carozza takes her place on the Senate floor after being sworn in on January 9.



Senator Mary Beth Carozza and Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings III in her Senate office.



Carozza Endorsed by Law Enforcement in State Senate Race

Mary Beth Carozza has been endorsed in her State Senate Race by the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, an organization composed of approximately 22,000 law enforcement professionals dedicated to keeping our communities safe.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of the law enforcement community in my campaign to be the next State Senator for District 38,” Carozza said. “In Annapolis and on the Shore, I will always advocate for public safety and stand with those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.”

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