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by Ron Henry | 2009

Hello All, Can you believe it? The 2009 Maryland General Assembly is now past tense. And what a challenging session it was for all! Not only did our delegates and senators have to deal with the usual batches of bills of every conceivable nature, but the 2009 session was driven both explicitly and implicitly by the severe impact of our national economic turmoil.

 Letter from the Chair

 

 Hello All,

Can you believe it? The 2009 Maryland General Assembly is now past tense. And what a challenging session it was for all! Not only did our delegates and senators have to deal with the usual batches of bills of every conceivable nature, but the 2009 session was driven both explicitly and implicitly by the severe impact of our national economic turmoil.

I must express disappointment in the administration and the General Assembly for not taking the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during this severe economic downturn to use sound fiscal judgment and make the all-too-obvious decision to defund the Inter-County Connector (ICC). At the same time, I give credit to the greatly increased number of delegates and senators who sponsored, co-sponsored, or voted for bills which would have defunded the highway. Thanks for listening to the facts concerning the environmental and fiscal issues. And thanks for going to bat in opposition to funding the ill-conceived, environmentally and fiscally contra-indicated ICC. Your support was noteworthy and most appreciated!

Many thanks are due all of those who participated in the legislative process this year. We value your efforts and hope you’ll join us as we continue our work in the next session. The change in many attitudes toward the ICC is evidence of your effectiveness. For a complete wrap-up of the legislative session, see Dave O’Leary’s article beginning on page 1 of this newsletter.

Now that we have a much needed breather from the General Assembly’s hectic pace, it is time to focus on our goals for the remainder of 2009. We will be moving forward with a continuing emphasis on the Cool City/Cool County campaigns through workshops planned for both high-density and low-density population areas. Harford County Sierrans, I’m calling upon all of you to become involved with this worthy campaign. Details will be forthcoming. We are also working with Ms. Shari Wilson, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), to set up meetings in several areas of the state (Harford County is one being considered) to solicit citizens’ input on conservation and environmental matters. Please check our chapter website for our planned activities, and contact us with your ideas.

And please note your calendars: the biennial Maryland Chapter Jamboree is scheduled for the weekend of October 2-4 at Camp Barrett in Crownsville, MD. Preliminary information about the jamboree appears on page 27 of this newsletter. I hope you’ll plan to attend; we always have a wonderful time!

Have a great spring and summer.

 

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