Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Survey On Current Issues in Annapolis

We Need Your Input

     When you elected us in 2014 you gave me and Delegate Fennell the authority to vote on issues that come before the General Assembly. Many issues are not very controversial, at least in terms of our district, and we have a good idea how people want us to vote. But as in past years, I am doing a survey so that you can let us know how you feel about important issues that directly affect you. Click on this Take the survey link to take the survey.

    Below are the survey questions with some additional details. I haven’t included bill numbers, since it’s still early in the 2018 legislative session, and many of the bills don’t have numbers yet.

If you would like to know more about any of these issues, send me an email (jtarlau@gmail.com).

  1. Do you support increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2023?
  2. Do you support “Death with Dignity” legislation?  (This would allow terminally ill patients above the age of 18 to request medication to end their life. The patient must have six months or less to live, must be mentally competent, and must provide oral and written consent from at least two doctors. Although most people know of such laws from western states like Oregon and Washington, DC also allows “death with dignity.”)
  3. Do you support putting the issue of the legalization of marijuana on the ballot?  (Allows an individual in the State who is at least 21 years old to use marijuana, possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, and cultivate up to 6 marijuana plants)
  4. Should all the members of the Prince George’s School Board be elected? (Currently, 9 out of 14 members are elected, and the remaining are appointed.)
  5. Do you think Maryland should offer $3-5 billion in incentives to lure Amazon to Montgomery County?
  6. The legislature is debating increasing the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from the current goal of 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030 or 100% by 2035. (The current goal was vetoed by Governor Hogan, but passed with an override in 2017.) These percentages indicate how much of the total electricity sold by the utility must be supplied by renewable sources such as solar or wind power. Do you think we should change the current goal?  Note that such laws also restrict how much energy costs can be passed along to the consumer.
  7. Do you support the banning of marriage for people under 18 years of age?  (Many states across the country are raising the age requirement for marriage, although this issue is hotly debated across the political spectrum. Arranged marriage of underage children to older persons, often for money, has become an increasing problem. Currently in Maryland, people can marry at 16 with parental consent, and even younger in case of pregnancy or the birth of a child.)
  8. Do you think it should be a traffic violation to stay in the passing lane in a three-lane highway other than when passing a slower car in the middle lane and returning to the middle lane?
  9. The Federal government wants to enlist the help of law enforcement by requiring them to detain undocumented immigrants who have been jailed for any reason, holding them in jail and contacting ICE. Do you support legislation that prohibits keeping citizens in jail beyond their sentence if they do not have their immigration papers?
  10. Do you support legislation that would allow a rape victim to terminate the parental rights of the attacker? (See, for instance, the Washington Post editorial from 1/3/18, “2018 has to be the year Maryland ends parental rights for rapists.” Maryland is currently one of only seven states that do not prevent rapists from gaining custody of children conceived by the rape, although the state has passed a number of strong laws otherwise protecting rape victims.)
  11. Do you support the construction of the high-speed MagLev train that would go from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes, and would go underground when it passes through District 47?  (For more information go towww.bwmaglev.info and www.stopthistrain.org )

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District 47 Night in Annapolis

Monday February 12 from 6pm - 8pm

Free Event – Light Buffet Dinner

Miller Senate Office Building

11 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Bring Photo ID

Limited Bus Service Provided 

Call 301-858-3745 to Reserve Your Seat

For information on parking, visit parkannapolis.com.