End of Session 2022

End of Session 2022

It is with a grateful heart that I share with you my last Legislative Session letter. I have been blessed to serve the people of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties for the last six years. The experience has been humbling and exciting all at the same time. I appreciate all those who contacted me over the years to share their positions on issues and ask for assistance with problems. That is the job I signed up for and you have rewarded me with your trust and friendship.

2022 Legislative Session - March 12, 2022

We have wrapped up a busy week in Annapolis. This week the House of Delegates began holding Monday evening Sessions again. That puts us back into the full regular meeting schedule. We have bout 4 ½ weeks left of the 2022 Session

2022 Legislative Session - February 26, 2022

Yesterday the Joint Committee for Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review (AELR) rescinded the statewide emergency regulation that mandated students to wear masks in the school setting. This is wonderful news and a long time coming. Calvert and St. Mary’s County Schools will be lifting mask mandates next week.

Marijuana Legislation

With the return to voting session, we are beginning to see some concerning bills. Both HB01 and HB0837, sponsored by Delegate Clippinger, passed the House of Delegates this week.

2022 Legislative Session - February 18, 2022

We are finally getting to a place in the 2022 Legislative Session where meetings are becoming more regular and decisions are being made. This week marked the return to in-person proceedings in the House of Delegates and in-person hearings in the Senate. House Committees and Subcommittees have met virtually. However until this week, the full House had not met to discuss any bills, aside from redistricting. This week felt a bit more normal

End of 2021 Session Highlights

Monday, April 12th brought to a close the end of an unusual Legislative Session. The halls were quiet this year, but the offices, Annex and State House were buzzing with work. In many ways, this Legislative Session delivered more transparency than in previous years with the use of virtual meetings and televised sessions. Interested citizens were able to see their representatives in action while gaining an understanding of the committee process and obstacles that challenge legislators as we work to pass our bills, advocate for and against legislation, and try to ensure the people's will is not overshadowed by special interest.
In years past, my end of session letter focused on my bills, local county legislation and the budget as it relates to our region. Our delegation followed up with an Annapolis Report which gave a much broader view of what passed during Session. Because we are unable to send that detailed report, my letter this year will include more information on bills which passed in the legislature or should have.

Legislative Session: County Commissioners and Non-Citizens

Last week really felt much more like regular Session.  We had intense debates on the House Floor, caucus meetings to discuss bills of concern and even one day with multiple sessions.  It was nice to have that normalcy back again. 

Legislative Session: Overrides and RELIEF ACT

It was a full week in the State House.  We met for House Floor Sessions for the first time since Opening Day.  The agenda consisted of voting on some bills that had passed in the House last year but stalled in the Senate due to the shortened Legislative Session and of course, the veto overrides. 

COVID-19 Vaccination

One of the most frequently talked about issues today is the COVID-19 vaccine.  The number of vaccines distributed to the state has been less than anticipated and many in the public are scrambling to get an appointment.

Non-Essential Business Closings

Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order closing nonessential businesses today at 5 p.m.  Many of you may have questions as to what that means for you.  To answer those questions, below is a list with plain language and resource links that I hope you'll find helpful.  

Helpful links

Health: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

Unemployment questions: 


Business resources: https://commerce.maryland.gov/

Additional resources including small business assistance announced today and the SBA Loans can be found:

https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business and



Delegate Jerry Clark

Legislative Session Newsletter 6

This past week we celebrated Read Across America. Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the state house and received children's books donated to local elementary schools. This variety of literature will be beneficial to students’ reading and writing achievement, especially in primary grade levels.

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