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Under the Dome

Under The Dome / Under the Dome - February 13th, 2018

Under the Dome - February 13th, 2018


Wow can you believe our Maryland General Assembly 2018 Session is already a third over, and Spring just 38 days away?

2018 is in high gear and about to hit overdrive! Check our progress, visiting friends, recognitions, and happenings Under the Dome. Grateful for your emails, texts, and calls sharing your thoughts and inviting me to your events throughout Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. We still have time for you to visit.

Have a great week! Look forward to seeing you soon "Under the Dome" too!


Maryland Department of Health Acting Secretary Bobby Neall testifies before Senate Executive Nominations Committee as we prepare to ratify his appointment. Congratulations Secretary Neall I support your nomination!

Join me in congratulating Senate Page Vasmi Patel, Delmar High School Class of 2018!

Vasmi Patel and I in Senate Chamber.

Excellent Maryland House of Delegates and Senate Page program. Senior year students from across the entire state witness the legislative process and their government in action for 2 weeks during the Legislative Session.

Historic United States Naval Academy located in Annapolis. The plebes and Middies enhance our streets everyday throughout the year, and occasionally tour our State House Chambers. We are proud of them and grateful for their service to our Navy and the United States of America.

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch call the 2018 Joint Session to order for the State of the State Address, and it’s GREAT!

Maryland House of Delegates Roll Call board, the vital visual record keeping device utilized for attendance, voting, and other record keeping.

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford escorted into the House Chamber by Delegates Diana Fennell, our own Carl Anderton Jr., and Senators Joanne Benson, Steve Hershey, and Ed DeGrange.

First Lady Yumi Hogan joined with her daughter and family accompanied by grandchild Cam for his first State of the State. What a proud day for the Governor Hogan family.

Governor Larry Hogan escorted into the House Chamber by Senators Katherine Klausmeier and Minority Leader J.B. Jennings.

Governor Hogan delivers the 2018 State of the State to the Joint Session of the Maryland General Assembly, Administration, and guests as Senate President Miller attentively listens.

Honored to be invited as your Senator to the Government House after the State of the State to visit with Governor Hogan and Lt. Gov Rutherford.

My cousin Scott Scala. Distinguished Maryland State Trooper and K-9 Officer with his partner Jase patrolling the Maryland Senate Office Building.

Senate Finance Chairman Mac Middleton testifies with behavioral health advocate as our committee works on the issues of behavioral health and other priority matters facing Marylanders.

WBOC reporter Amy Lu and I discussing Governor Hogan’s State of the State and the Earned Sick and Safe Pay Legislation. Amy is covering the 2018 Legislative Session and doing an excellent job!

Senate and House Pages observe Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield represenatives explain the continued challenges providing Health Care presents as we work together for the citizens health in Maryland.

Senate and House Pages talk about their future educational plans with Chair Middleton and Senators Klausmeier and Mathias.

2017 Hometown Heroes Tax Relief Bill missed Maryland residents that worked career as District of Columbia Fire, Police, and Paramedic. My 2018 Senate Bill 50 provides that tax relief for our Marylanders.

Hunter’s Day and Rally with spokesperson Bill Miles and hunters from throughout Maryland.

FeBREWary Governor’s Citation recognizes the month of February as Maryland’s dynamic Craft Beer industry month at Annapolis’s Federal House. Governor Hogan and Comptroller Franchot recognize the industry, present Citations, meet Eastern Shore residents Dr. Bruce and Jancy Glisson, all under the watchful eye of Maryland Capitol Press Corp.

Maryland Historical Trust recognize “The Acadians Were Here“ documentary featuring the story of the Acadian forcible exile and relocation to Princess Anne, Maryland.

Great night at the Annual Agriculture Dinner, Michael’s 8th Avenue. Maryland’s farm families and industry gather to be recognized and inspire for the their continuing legacy and contribution to Maryland environment and economy. Pictures are Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder, Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, Eastern Shore Poultry Farmer and friend Michelle Chesnick, Miss Crustecean, Miss Farm Bureau, Future Farmers of America, and other young farming represenatives all illustrating Maryland’s strong farming future.

Maryland Senate President Miller and I talk with members of Forward Gro, one of Maryland’s emerging Medical Marijuana companies.

Eastern Shore Delegation Agenda. Our delegation convenes weekly on Friday’s in Lowe’s House Room 431. Led by Chairman Charles Otto, Somerset County, we meet to discuss the many issues of concern and legislation facing the people and industries of the Eastern Shore. The Mayors of the Eastern Shore attended as the Delmarva Poultry Industry gives an economic update and presents annual Scholarship opportunities.

Family friend and Habitat for Humanity advocate Megan Smith attends the Eastern Shore Delegation meeting.

Members of the Ulman Foundation, founded to support those in the cancer fight, gather under the portrait of longest serving Maryland Comptroller and Icon Louis Goldstein as we discuss my upcoming bill SB 271, protecting young Marylander cancer patients reproductive systems as they face tough cancer treatment decisions. More info next week.

Senate Finance Committee meets and discusses SB 304, extending the effect date of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill. Happy to report Senator Klausmeier and I successfully offered amendment to move effect date to July 1, 2018 enabling all parties time to prepare. Maryland Chamber of Commerce Legislative Director Larry Richardson lobbied and thanked us for this leadership action.

The Eastern Shore is proudly protected and kept safe by many local Fire Companies. Throughout the winter months we gather on Saturday evening to honor and thank Fire Company, Auxillary, and Cadet Members for their service and installation of Officers for the upcoming year. Featured is President and longtime Friend David Smart as we honor the Showell Fire Company, protecting northern Worcester County and region.

Showell Fire Company members, Orlando Bishop, Ryan Bishop, and Brian Bishop enjoy well deserved honors for Mr. Orlando Bunting, Charter Member, recognized for 60 years of Service to Showell. Also as the generations of Bishop family fire service continues, Brian Bishop son, Ryan, is honored as Showell Firefighter Of the Year for 2017. Thanks Bishop Family and all for your dedication and service keeping us safe!

Believe in Tomorrow 5th Annual King and Queen of the Prom Night was a great success raising over $100,000! Friends, teachers, business owners and all were lookin’ great and “ 23 Skidoo Speakin’ Easy”. Todd and Jill Ferrante, Sal Fasano, OC Council Members Matt James and Wayne Hartman celebrate 2018 winners King Frankie Schmidt and Queen Jessica Jersey. Music by Full Circle kept us rockin’ featuring Michelle was excellent. Pictured are band members and dear friends Michelle Shacter( happy birthday!) ,and Kathy Dent. We all danced the night away!

Believe in Tomorrow Founder Brian Morrison, C.O.O, Maryanne Davis, and Processor Jennifer Taylor enjoy the "Prom."

Believe in Tomorrow Program Coordinator and I chat about the evening and his great work keeping the Children’s Houses a great experience for the many families that need the time to relax and share their love and enjoy family time at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland.

Back home and time to relax! Grandson Christian and I hanging out listening to some tunes, and enjoying a great Decatur Diner breakfast! Check the Decatur Gang out! Mm Mm Good!

Our very busy week included Worcester Tech and Stephen Decatur Class of 2018 students.... under the guidance of Pre-Engineering Program Teacher and Advisor Ms. Zienty her students study and debate the many issues our local, state, and nation face. Students Cade Solito, Spencer Carbaugh, and my nephew James Mathias wrote to President Donald Trump expressing their concerns about our country's energy needs, and they received a personal letter from the President in response! Congrats to all!

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