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All of us are horrified at what happened in Parkland, Florida last week. The Loch Raven High School incident the next day drove the point home. What more can we do?

We are currently faced with a dilemma at Fort Howard. If the current lease holder walks away from the project, the property falls into the procurement process of federal agencies. If this occurs, it is impossible to know what would happen to Fort Howard. The Fort Howard property is part of t…

The recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes on the federal side. However, it has also highlighted the fact that Maryland is a high tax state. As it stands, millions of dollars of new money will be pumped into Maryland’s treasury next year unless the General Assembly chan…

An overwhelming and growing number of parents have communicated with my office about issues that the Baltimore County Public School system has swept under the rug. The indictment of Dallas Dance contributes to the lack of faith in our public school system leadership and contributes to the la…

In his fourth state of the state address to the General Assembly, Governor Hogan struck a strong bi-partisan note. And he received bi-partisan support in standing ovations for his continuing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic which has taken thousands of Maryland lives in every age, econo…

The 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly convened last week. The last three sessions have been marked by inordinate partisan attacks against Gov.Hogan and the looming elections will certainly magnify the political posturing. Despite that, I believe that we can advance le…

Del. Ric Metzgar (R-6) has hired Sarah J. McDermott as his intern for the 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland General Assembly runs from Jan. 10 to April 9. Interns work two days a week, receive college three credits, gain valuable experience in state government and r…

I am for paid sick leave but in a way that will continue to bring good-paying jobs to Maryland that will provide other important benefits. That includes sick leave!

By the time you read this, the 2018 General Assembly session will be underway. I am looking forward to the next 90 days as we will continue to fight for the citizens of the Sixth District and Maryland.

First on the 2018 Assembly agenda will be the governor’s vetoes, which will be sustained or overridden. It takes 29 votes in the Senate and 85 votes in the House to override a veto. I will not vote to override the governor’s vetoes. The bills the governor vetoed included:

On Dec. 16, Del. Ric Metzgar (R-6) attended the annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony held at the Lamky, Luther, Whitehead Memorial at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens in Middle River. Despite the two inches of snow and cold temperatures, over two hundred people attended this year’s ceremony.