The 2019 General Assembly Session has adjourned. It is an honor to represent you in Annapolis and continuing the fight to Change Maryland for the better. This was a transitional session with many new faces in the House of Delegates. The session started a little slower than normal, but we were rolling as we got into the final month.

I was busy with my legislation, the Kirwan Commission (which I will detail more in the coming weeks), the future of the Preakness at Pimlico and opposed many bad bills that were unfortunately passed here in Annapolis.

My Legislative Package

I have worked hard over the last five years to reach across the aisle to work together. I resubmitted three property-tax credits and added HB 1055-Homestead Property Tax Credit Program — Notice of Eligibility. All of these bills would help current homeowners and help to add homeowners in our communities. Homeownership is the key to improving our communities. I also worked to try to stop bullying in our schools and created legislation to clear unsalvageable boats out of our waterways. My tax-free week for college text books and income tax subtraction modification to deduct toll expenses bills were also reintroduced.

Preakness at Pimlico

This is a tough situation for Baltimore City. The owners of the Pimlico Race Course also own Laurel Park and there is talk about moving the Preakness Stakes from Baltimore City to Laurel. I am willing to listen to Baltimore City and I hope that there is a feasible plan to keep the Preakness in Baltimore City. However; I do not agree that the state should give funding to Pimlico.

Governor’s Vetoes

I’m sure you heard that some of my colleagues in the General Assembly voted three times to overrule Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes on bills that raised the minimum wage to $15 a hour, allowed schools to start the school year before Labor Day and taking away alcohol enforcement duties from the Comptroller’s office. I voted against all three of these bills when they were first introduced on the floor.

I am looking forward to the 2020 Session. Even though we are a minority in Annapolis, we are fighting hard for Dundalk, Edgemere, the entire 6th district and the people of Maryland. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is my pleasure to serve you both in the 6th District and here in Annapolis. You can call the District office at 410-388-1610, the Annapolis office at 410-841-3458 or e-mail me at bob.long@house.state.md.us.

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