How we choose to steward our land, water & air resources affects the legacy we leave to our future generations. How we choose to steward our land, water & air resources affects the legacy we leave to our future generations. It begins with preserving our greatest natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay. Our water resources are at risk of pollution from industrial plants, storm water runoff, everyday household activities, and ill-regulated efforts to drill for oil and activities related to fracking. I am honored to serve as a commissioner on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) where we work together with regional and interstate colleagues to promote watershed-based management protective of ecosystems and water resources; foster development of engaged and knowledgeable citizens and stakeholders.
Over 350,000 people are employed in agriculture, making it the largest commercial industry in Maryland and the largest single land use in the state. I will continue to support and sponsor bills that financially assist Maryland farmers.
As a Montgomery County resident in an agricultural community I will protect Maryland’s 93,000 acres of agricultural land and was proud to co-sponsor the Family Farm Preservation Act in 2012.
I support a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Maryland so all Maryland residents have access to clean water and air.
Maryland imports approximately 30% of the electricity we consume every year and this leads to significant transmission congestion and high line losses, which raises rates for Maryland taxpayers. It is critical to invest in our state’s energy grid so we can meet tomorrow’s demands with homegrown Maryland energy.
Today, nearly 70% of Maryland’s coal-fired electric generation is produced by power plants that are at least 30 years old. Of these plants, 22% have been operating for more than 50 years.
In Maryland, I have supported major environmental efforts that include a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and cap-and-trade program, and the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.
Bills I sponsored/co-sponsored:
• HB 529, Telephone Companies – Distribution of Telephone Directories, Ends State mandate to on the requirement to ship white page phone directories.
• HB 502 Tax Incentive – Sale of Electricity Generated by Solar Energy and Residential Wind Energy Equipment, exemption for specified solar energy equipment of residential wind power source.
• HB 444 Family Farm Preservation Act of 2012, limiting Maryland estate tax on qualifying agricultural properties to 5%.
• HB 273, Natural Resources – Oyster Poaching – Hearing, requires Department of Natural Resources to hold hearing for oyster poachers and revoke license under certain circumstances