On Tuesday, March 13, all four bills that comprise the School Safety package were introduced on the Senate floor, and represents the most comprehensive approach to school safety in the Nation.
This 4-bill legislative package (I sponsored one bill and got 2 Democrats and the Republican Minority Leader to sponsor the others so it’s clearly bi-partisan), was sent to the Rules Committee for assignment between the standing committees in the Senate – the hearings for these bills will be scheduled forthwith.
The package is designed to break the chain of events in four places, addressing causal factors in major events like Texas, Florida and Connecticut. Each bill has several components, so if parts are removed that factor is still covered; if an entire bill fails, we still break the chain in 3 other places.
I am hopeful my colleagues here in Annapolis will join this bi-partisan effort. The Senate will work within the committees on these bills and make them work better. When these bills return to the floor of the Senate and the floor of the House they hopefully will get the full support of the Maryland General Assembly.
To read these bills, please click each of the following titles:
SB-1262 Prevention http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2018RS/bills/sb/sb1262F.pdf
SB-1264 Deterrence http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2018RS/bills/sb/sb1264f.pdf
SB-1265 Protection https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/SB1265/2018
Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Unanimously
On Monday, March 12, the Senate floor voted 45-0 in favor of SB-911, the Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill.
This bill will now cross over to the House of Delegates where I hope the results will be a mirror image of the swift passage this vital legislation received in the Senate.
If you would like to get involved, please follow the Maryland Veteran’s Caucus Facebook page
Please consider attending a Maryland Veteran’s Caucus meeting on either March 19 or April 2. The meetings will both be held in Room 150 in the House of Delegates at 6 Bladen Street. If you would like to speak at either meeting, please contact Senator Waugh’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Ellen Knipe, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three more of my bills passed out of committee last night, so we’re on a roll!
2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship Application
The application period for the 2018-2019 District 29 Senatorial Scholarship has opened. The application deadline is March 30, 2018. For more information on how to apply for the 2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship, please visit my website via the following link- SenatorSteveWaugh.com.
Senator Steve Waugh
Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties