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Welcome to the Calvert County Republican Party Website


Welcome to the Calvert County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC) website.  Check out the opportunities to participate in local Republican Clubs, upcoming events, and to learn of local Republican news.  We hope you will visit us often and join in our activities.  Please be sure to join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For information on the Calvert County Republican Party, please email calvertgop.hq@calvertgop.org.

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Highlighted Events
Lincoln Reagan Dinner

Thursday, May 11th
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Hall at Huntingtown

Keynote speaker will be Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford!

VIP Tickets $125
Dinner Ticket $60

Click here to make reservations online.

Click here to mail in reservations and/or get the flyer.

Central Committee Meeting

The next Calvert County Republican Central Committee meeting is on Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm.

This meeting is open to the public.

Calvert County Republican Party Headquarters
424 Solomons Island Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

 
Hot Topics
It's the little things -- By Robert Ehrlich

Washington Examiner, May 09, 2017

"Lost among all the scorecards surrounding President Trump's "First 100 Days" and the big stakes issues of Obamacare repeal and tax reform is an appreciation for the "smaller things that count." These are the under-the-radar events that do not generate daily headlines but reflect a new and very different path for America going forward."

Read the full article

Words From Delegate Mark Fisher

The H-1B Federal Visa program was initially designed to allow employers to hire foreign workers in occupations where there is a shortage of American workers. Today, H-1B visas are being abused by companies who replace American workers with cheap foreign labor.

Just last year, there were more than 15,000 H-1B workers living in Maryland.

House Bill 1366 requires Maryland employers to report the number of H-1B and L-1 workers employed in Maryland.

The Maryland Democrats refused to put the bill to a vote.

Delegate Mark Fisher on Michelle Malkin Investigates: The Gutting of the Middle Class

Words from Senator Steve Waugh

Click here to check out the lates tnewsleter from Senator Steve Waugh!

Local Wins, State Wins, and Big Fights - Big Wins ...

 

"I worked hard for you this session, and in spite of the #TrumperTantrums you heard about this really was an epic win - for you, and for Maryland. You won locally, you won State-wide, and you won Nationally. Maryland is leading the Nation in a few important ways (other than just Gerrymandering), and we'll be going back next year to keep up the good fight. "

Keep the Faith,

Senator Steve Waugh

Words from Delegate Jerry Clark

Delegate Jerry Clark

deljerryclark.nationbuilder.com

April 11, 2017

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me during the 2017 Legislative Session. I am fortunate to represent so many who care about their community. Your input is vital to understanding the values and ideas of people in Southern Maryland.

Although I have been involved in government for many years as a County Commissioner, I have found that things are very different in the State Legislature. My first session has been an exciting ride. The St. Mary’s Delegation will be sending out the Annapolis Report this summer. It will highlight much of the state legislation that will take effect July 1st or October 1st. So for my end of session letter, I will take the opportunity to share Calvert and St. Mary’s local legislation and local State Budget highlights that passed this session.

County Bills

The Calvert County Delegation submitted five bills this year. Three of those bills passed.

  • HB1439 authorizes the Calvert County Commissioners to issue up to $17.62 million in general obligation bonds for the acquistion, construction improvement, or renovation of public buildings, facilities, and public works projects.
  • HB1440 authorizes Calvert County to enter into longer term contracts with disposal companies. This will enable the county to receive lower rates for the transfer of waste and will extend the viability of the current Sweetwater Landfill.
  • HB1423 requires the Calvert County Board of License Commissioners (Liquor Board) to post notices, send notices to stakeholders and hold a hearing at least three months before submitting a legislative proposal to the Calvert County Delegation for introduction as a bill to the Maryland General Assembly.

The St. Mary's County Delegation submitted 20 bills this year. Eighteen of these passed. The majority of these bills were repeals of local code laws that were no longer necessary due to state laws. Eight bills were not repeals.

  • HB108 transfers responsibility for dogs tags and licenses from the County Tax Collector to the Animal Control Division of the Department of Emergency Services and Technology in St. Mary’s. In addition, it would require the shape of tags to remain the same each year.
  • HB526 and HB538 create new classifications of liquor licenses that allow art establishments and beauty salons in St. Mary’s County to be eligible to receive limited liquor licenses. These would only allow for sale and consumption on the property of the establishment.
  • HB679 requires that some positions at MetCom to become contractual positions. Furthermore, it identifies personnel supervised by the Director of the Commission.
  • HB914 requires the St. Mary’s County Commissioners to review and approve any MetCom loan application before it is submitted.
  • HB892 authorizes the St. Mary’s County Commissioners to issue up to $26.3 million in general obligation bonds for the acquisition, construction, improvement, or renovation of public buildings, facilities, and public works projects. This bond bill is expected to provide funding for the Garvey Senior Center and the New Leonardtown Library.
  • HB1055 modifies the calculation of the debt limit for St. Mary’s County.
  • HB682 revises the County Sheriff, Treasurer and State’s Attorney salaries as a recommended by the St. Mary’s County Compensation Review Commission Report.

State Funding

The Operational budget provides funding to support the daily operation of state supported agencies and facilities. Budgeted funding for Education (Primary, Secondary, Libraries and Community Colleges) in St. Mary’s County is $123M. Calvert County’s Educational funding is allocated at $98.8M. Transportation funding for St. Mary’s County totals at $1.9M and for Calvert County is $1.8M. The Route 2/4 widening in Prince Frederick is funded at $10.5M for 2018. Additionally, engineering for the Thomas Johnson Bridge is funded at $3.8M.

The Capital and Supplemental budgets this year provide direct funding for many well needed projects in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. Some of the special projects for St. Mary’s County include the New Leonardtown Library ($1,091,000), Garvey Senior Center ($800K), Park Hall and Hollywood Elementary schools ($400K each), Town Creek ($3.3M) and Patuxent Park ($2.2M) water systems, Point Lookout State Park Lighthouse ($3.5M) and several other park improvements. Calvert County special projects include the Solomons Wastewater Treatment ($4.2M), Calvert Detention Center ($500K), Northern High School ($8M), North Beach Fire Dept. ($50K), and Dares Beach Well Water Arsenic Treatment ($1.6M). Governor Hogan’s Supplemental Budget also allocated Calvert County Schools $240K.

Sponsored Legislation

I sponsored two bills this year. For a freshman legislator that is considered pretty good. One bill would have eliminated the fees for dissolving businesses. I wanted to help business owners having a difficult time. However, due to budget considerations, this bill did not pass. My other bill transfers the liability to hunt on leased land from the owner to the lease holder. The liability has already been transferred for other recreational uses. This bill is intended to provide additional revenue for farmers to mitigate crop damage they sustain each year. This bill passed on Sine Die, the last day of the session. Whew!

So much happened during my first 90 day Session. Almost 3,000 bills were introduced in the General Assembly. My committee, Environment and Transportation, had many exciting and controversial bills be heard. In all, it was a productive and educational session. I have learned a lot.

I am happy to have had the opportunity to serve in the Maryland General Assembly for you this legislative session. Thank you again for your contact. I look forward to working with you to ensure Southern Maryland grows and prospers. Please feel free to contact my office with any needs, questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gerald "Jerry" Clark

MD's Senate Republican Leader's Report of the 2017 Session

From Senator J.B. Jennings:

Last week, the 437th session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded. In total, over 3,000 bills covering a wide array of topics were introduced in the House and Senate, hundreds of which passed both chambers and headed to the Governor’s desk for consideration. Every bill has the potential to affect the lives of all Marylanders, I am proud to serve as your representative in Annapolis.

Session started on a positive note when the Governor unveiled his budget for FY’18. For the third straight year, Governor Hogan presented a balanced, fiscally responsible budget that calls for common sense, bipartisan budget reforms and ensures that the state’s priorities are fully funded without raising taxes. Other highlights include:

  • A record $6.4 billion investment in education, including K-12, the University System of Maryland, community colleges and tuition relief. Two-thirds of the capital budget will go toward school construction projects.
  • Investments in law enforcement services, such as the Maryland State Police vehicle replacement program, and an increase in funding for the Department of Natural Resources which will allow for the addition of more law enforcement officers.
  • $51 million toward the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.
  • A commitment to holding the line on unsustainable spending and reigning in borrowing. Governor Hogan’s plan to limit debt to $995 million per year will result in cumulative debt service savings of $694 million by 2026.

Because of the previous administration’s egregious spending tactics, next year the state will be forced to spend more on debt service payments than school construction. This is completely unacceptable. For the first time since I’ve been a legislator in Annapolis, a Governor has submitted an operating budget that is lower than the previous year’s. I want to commend Governor Hogan for reducing Maryland's spending while fully funding its educational needs.

Following is a synopsis of legislation that was introduced this year and may be of interest to you:

  • Sanctuary State Bill (HB 1362) – In what I consider to be the worst bill to make it out of the House of Delegates this session, HB 1362 would have made Maryland a Sanctuary State. Under this bill, ALL police officers and Sheriff’s Deputies in Maryland may not, during the performance of regular police functions, inquire about an individual's immigration status, citizenship status, or place of birth during a stop, search, or arrest; transfer an individual to federal immigration authorities unless required by federal law; and, without a judicial warrant, transfer an individual to federal immigration authorities for purposes of immigration enforcement, detain an individual solely for the purposes of immigration enforcement, or notify federal immigration authorities of an individual's location or address. I’m happy to report, however, that this bill died with just days to spare when its sponsor realized there weren’t enough votes to pass it. This victory wouldn’t have been possible without the public’s support through petitions and phone calls to legislators. Thank you for your help!
  • The Maryland Defense Act of 2017 (SJ5) – Senate Democrats rushed to pass legislation this year to give Maryland’s Attorney General unlimited power to file any suit against the Trump Administration, then subsequently granted the Attorney General a $1 million per year stipend under HB 913, so he can hire a team of lawyers whose full time job would be to undermine the President. A short-sided strategy that may ultimately jeopardize federal funding for environmental cleanup, infrastructure needs, Medicaid funding, and maintenance of federal facilities like NIH and Fort Meade that employ thousands of Marylanders. This is shameless, partisan politics that does nothing to benefit the lives of our citizens, but rather pacify politicians who are angry that Trump won the election – all at taxpayers’ expense. It’s time my colleagues on the other side of the aisle put the needs of Maryland before their need for petty political grandstanding.
  • Paid Sick Leave Bill (HB 0001) – The General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act despite many efforts to defeat it. The bill, which states that businesses with more than 14 employees are required to provide five days of paid sick leave per year, will impede job growth in Maryland and stop businesses from creating additional jobs. There are approximately 20,000 small businesses in the State with at least 15 employees; we cannot expect them to continue to have a positive influence on the economy while simultaneously demanding that they meet unrealistic and expensive demands.
  • Redistricting Reform (SB 1023) – Efforts to create a nonpartisan commission to draw congressional and legislative boundaries was once again rejected by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly. In its place, SB 1023, without any Republican support, passed the General Assembly. In this bill, Maryland’s redrawing of congressional boundaries is contingent on the agreement of a Mid-Atlantic regional coalition with New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. Simply put, there is no correlation between how Maryland draws its congressional districts and these five other states. SB 1023 was a way for Democrats to say they passed redistricting reform without actually doing anything to fix the problem. Despite several amendments offered by Republicans, SB 1023 passed the Maryland General Assembly and is now awaiting final approval from the Governor.
  • Generic Drug Price Gouging (HB 631) – Concerns about the high cost of prescription drugs, including some significant price increases for generic drugs, have prompted calls for action to lower prescription drug costs. This bill prohibits a prescription drug manufacturer or wholesale prescription drug distributor from engaging in “price gouging” in the sale of an “essential off-patent or generic drug.” It also states that Medicaid must notify the Maryland Attorney General when specified price increases occur; the AG may require a manufacturer or wholesale distributor to produce any records or documents relevant to determining if price gouging has occurred. Price gouging is a serious issue, one that I believe needed to be addressed.
  • Fracking Ban (HB 1325) Maryland has become the third state in the nation to ban fracking, while neighboring states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia continue to experience an economic resurgence from the drilling method. The fracking ban will have a meaningful adverse impact on small businesses, particularly in Western Maryland, that are engaged in providing services related to hydraulic fracturing and the development of natural gas resources. The fracking ban received a lot of attention among voters on both sides of the issue; after much debate in both the House and Senate, this bill passed both chambers and was signed into law by the Governor.
  • 2016 Transportation Scoring Bill (HB 1013) – This 2016 bill was vetoed by the Governor and unfortunately was overridden by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly in this legislative session. Also known by opponents as "the road kill bill," this bill required the State to rank highway and transit plans in order of need and importance before deciding which project to fund. This legislation favored big transit rail projects over road projects, and urban area needs over rural and suburban transportation needs. It jeopardized funding for almost all of Maryland’s major transportation projects, and ultimately will force the State to cancel nearly $1 billion in planned road projects.
  • Campus Carry Bill (HB 159) – This bill was yet another attempt to infringe on your Second Amendment rights. Fortunately, the General Assembly failed to pass the ban of firearms from Maryland college campuses as they could not agree on whether to make the violation a civil or criminal offense. Essentially, this was a “do nothing” bill which eroded the rights of individuals who already had a “right to carry” permit.
  • Protect our Schools Act of 2017 (HB 978) – This bill was introduced by Democratic lawmakers, and its purpose is to specify which measures could be considered when determining a school’s quality, such as class size and access to Advanced Placement classes. Student testing is prohibited from being one of those measures. The bill also restricts the state’s ability to intervene in failing schools. It would prohibit the state from converting them into charter schools, giving the students vouchers to transfer to private schools, or bringing in private managers for the schools, all of which Governor Hogan favors. The Governor vetoed this bill, but it was overridden by both chambers and will become law on July 1, 2017.
  • Less Testing, More Learning Act (SB 452/HB 461) – The Maryland General Assembly unanimously adopted limiting mandated testing throughout the school year. I co-sponsored this legislation, which limits schools from spending more than 2% of classroom time on testing mandated by federal, state and local entities. The bill also repeals the requirement for statewide social studies assessments in middle and high school. Instead, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, each local board of education would be required to develop a locally designed and implemented performance-based social studies assessment.
  • Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program (SB 441) – I proudly co-sponsored this bill, to establish the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program. The program will pair physically and mentally wounded veterans with service or support dogs, who provide assistance, companionship and help in adjusting to life after war. These dogs have been trained to be familiar with and sensitive to all symptoms and behaviors of PTSD. To be eligible for this program, Veterans must be Maryland residents, must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and been honorably discharged. I’m happy to say that this bill passed unanimously in both chambers and is awaiting final approval by the Governor.
  • Child Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Extension (SB 505/HB 642) – There was a victory for child sex abuse victims this year in Annapolis. Both the Senate and House approved this bill unanimously to allow victims who were sexually abused as children to file lawsuits until they are 38 years old - 13 years later than the current law allows. For victims up to age 25, the bill allows courts to award damages against institutions that employ or supervise abusers if negligence is proven. For older victims, the bill requires gross negligence to be proven in order to award damages. On April 4, 2017, this bill was approved by the Governor.
  • Septic Systems (SB 266) – Democrats attempted to reinstate an expensive 2012 regulation that Governor Hogan repealed in 2016. It would have unnecessarily expanded the required use of Best Available Technology (BAT) for septic systems in new home constructions outside of critical Chesapeake Bay Watershed areas. BAT systems cost $8,000 to $10,000 more than conventional septic systems, which puts an unfair burden on those seeking to build homes outside of critical bay areas. Fortunately, the bill failed to pass the General Assembly.
  • Oyster Harvesting (HB 924) – This bill prohibits the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from making changes to the boundaries of established oyster sanctuaries until the department has developed a fisheries management plan for the scientific management of the oyster stock following the completion of its reports (the final report is due by December 1, 2018). This legislation prevents the watermen of the Eastern Shore, who rely on oyster harvesting to support their families and will now have to wait at least two years to access these sanctuaries. It was strongly opposed by many Republicans but ultimately passed both chambers and is now law.
  • Public Integrity Act of 2017 (HB 879) – Our current system needs to be reformed – we’ve seen government officials accept cash bribes for votes, actively advocate for legislation which would result in personal financial gain, and use their position of power to lobby other state officials for personal enrichment. This bill places common sense restrictions on both the executive and legislative branches to eliminate unacceptable conflicts of interest. This proposal will prevent legislators from pushing legislation which would directly help themselves, their employer or a company they own. This bill passed the both chambers unanimously and is awaiting final approval by the Governor.
  • Opioid Crisis (SB 539) – According to a 2016 report of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), drug and alcohol-related intoxication deaths in Maryland increased for the fifth year in a row in 2015; of which, 86% were opioid-related. This legislation prohibits a person from knowingly distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute a mixture of controlled dangerous substances that contains heroin and a detectable amount of fentanyl or any analogue of fentanyl. Any violation is a felony and, in addition to any other penalty imposed, is subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years. I proudly co-sponsored this emergency legislation that passed the General Assembly with bi-partisan support.
  • Maryland Farm and Families Act of 2017 (SB 278/HB 586) – The Maryland Farms and Families Act creates a $500,000 general fund appropriated grant program through the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The grant money is allocated to small business farmers who participate in farmers markets and accept federal nutrition benefits. The purpose of the program is to double the purchasing power of food-insecure Maryland residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and to increase revenue for farmers at Maryland farmers markets. This bill that will benefit farm families received unanimous support by both chambers and is awaiting final approval by the Governor.
  • Right to Try Act of 2017 (SB 572/HB584) – I proudly supported this legislation from the start. This bill, which passed both chambers unanimously, sets the foundation to nullify Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. It creates a process to bypass FDA restrictions and allow patients to obtain experimental drugs from manufacturers without first obtaining FDA approval. The proposed law also includes protections for healthcare providers with a prohibition against revoking a license or issuing sanctions based on recommendation or issuance of investigational treatments. In addition, lawsuits against physicians who comply with terms specified in the bill would be prohibited.
  • Guinness Brewery in Baltimore County (HB 1283) – The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation that would allow a Guinness Brewery to open in Baltimore County. The $50 million brewery and taproom will be housed in the former Seagram's bottling plant on Route 1 near Relay. It will be Guinness’ only U.S. brewery, and the facility is expected to draw 250,000 visitors in its first year, making it the county's largest tourism destination. I’m proud to have voted for this bill, which will provide a much-needed economic boost to eastern Baltimore County through jobs and tourism dollars.
  • Medical Marijuana (HB1443) – An emergency bill to reform Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission failed in its final moments of the legislative session. I have always supported medical marijuana, however this legislation added additional licenses to select individuals. I think this is wrong to bypass the permitting process and use legislation to benefit particular individuals.

Again, these bills are just a sampling of the thousands that were introduced this year. With each session there are victories and there are losses, but rest assured that every vote I cast is with Maryland’s – and your family’s - best interests in mind.

So many of you have called, written, posted on social media, and even visited Annapolis to either voice your support or express your concern for any number of issues facing our great State of Maryland. Thank you for being engaged, and please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Your feedback is very important to me, and helps me represent your interests to the best of my ability in Annapolis.

Sincerely yours,

Senator J.B. Jennings

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