In my speech after I took the oath for the Council Council on December 1, 2014 I quoted President John F. Kennedy to characterize my approach to this office. He asserted, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” These words may be more relevant today than ever before in our nation’s political discourse.
I have worked hard to be true to this sentiment and to my other commitments in my speech, including harnessing the energy and expertise of my constituents and the Howard County community, including establishing and conducting regular Community Cabinet meetings, regularly attending community meetings and engaging constituents in policy-making and the legislative process.
Click here to hear my speech, learn more about my efforts for key issues, and review the table below outlining my legislative record.
AN ACT requiring that any on-site sewage disposal system installed within a major subdivision in the Rural Conservation (RC) zoning district utilize Best Available Technology for Nitrogen removal; and generally relating to on-site sewage disposal systems.
A RESOLUTION endorsing the Howard County Office of Emergency Management’s application with the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Community Development Block Grant Program, in the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for certain grants under the National Disaster Resilience Competition in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
AN ACT expanding a tax credit against the County property tax imposed on certain real property that has suffered damage from a specified natural disaster under certain circumstances; establishing the amount, terms, conditions, and duration of the credit; providing for an application procedure and administration of the credit; providing for a certain contingency; and generally relating to property tax credits.
Prefiled, Not Introduced (Required State Action)
AN ACT establishing a personal property tax exemption for property of a business located in a historic district or a National Register District, under certain conditions; providing for an application procedure and administration of the exemption; and generally relating to personal property tax exemptions.
Passed 5-0 (Voted for, Intro’d as Chair for Exec)
AN ACT amending the Police and Fire Employees’ Retirement Plan provisions for Howard County; amending the amount of time military service may be credited; and generally relating to military service credit for the Police and Fire Employees’ Retirement Plan.
AN ACT amending the Subdivision and Development of Land Regulations pertaining to residential infill developments with respect to compatibility, unit types, landscaping, interconnectivity and privacy; and generally relating to residential infill developments.
AN ACT authorizing additional credits against Watershed Protection and Restoration Fees under specified circumstances; requiring additional information in the annual report; and generally relating to the Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee.
AN ACT prohibiting the use of Electronic Smoking Devices in certain public places and in certain places of employment; defining certain terms; and generally relating to smoking in Howard County.
AN ACT to prohibit certain vehicles and devices from sidewalks and pathways in a portion of historic Ellicott City; and generally related to bicycles, play vehicles, and similar devices in Howard County.
AN Act requiring periodic reviews and certain revisions to the Howard County Design Manual; generally relating to standards for design and construction in Howard County.
AN ACT requiring that the capital budget and the current expense budget as proposed by the Executive contain certain information; delaying certain requirements; and generally related to County budgets.
AN ACT amending the Howard County Zoning Regulations Conditional Use section to allow Country Inns in the Residential Village Housing (R-VH) Zoning District, under certain conditions; and generally relating to Country Inns.
AN Act requiring that the Howard County Design Manual Volume I (Storm Drainage) be used for a specified purpose; mandating a specified figure for rainfall for certain 100 year storms; requiring certain periodic reviews; providing that this Act shall apply to a specified area at a specified time; generally relating to stormwater management in Howard County; and making this Act an emergency measure.
AN ACT amending the Howard County Code to prohibit the issuance of waivers or variances to floodplain, wetland, stream, or steep slope regulations for properties located in the Tiber Branch Watershed; and generally relating to waivers or variances; and making this Act an emergency measure.
AN ACT amending certain fees, as previously set by Council Bill 58-2016, Resolution 65-2016, Resolution 111-2012, and Resolution 63-2016, for a limited time and related to properties damaged by the severe flooding event in historic Ellicott City and elsewhere in Howard County addressed by the Executive Order 2016-05 issued on July 30, 2016; and making this Act an Emergency Bill.
AN ACT authorizing the Howard County Office of Law to institute any civil action or other proceedings related to the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
A RESOLUTION creating an Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force to identify and study policies, programs, and potential legislation to facilitate economic growth and increase economic opportunities for individuals, businesses, and organizations in Howard County and to make recommendations to the Howard County Council and Howard County Executive.
A RESOLUTION requesting that the Howard County Police Department’s Citizen Advisory Council establish a Committee on Community Policing and make recommendations related to community policing.
AN ACT establishing a voluntary Citizens’ Election Fund system for candidates for County Executive or County Council; regulating specified campaign finance activities of a candidate who accepts public funding; providing for the administration and enforcement of specified aspects of the Citizens’ Election Fund system; providing certain penalties for violations of the Citizens’ Election Fund system; creating a Citizens’ Election Fund Commission and specifying its composition and duties; requiring the Director of Finance to take specified actions; and generally related to elections for County offices.
AN ACT to prohibit the carrying of certain weapons in certain County-owned buildings; renaming a certain subtitle; and generally relating to weapons controls in County buildings.
A RESOLUTION proposing to amend the Howard County Charter by amending Section 603 “Submission and contents of the County budget” and Section 606 “Action on the annual budget and appropriation ordinance by the County Council” to require the budget ordinance to include certain specified funds and a contingency reserve Capital Project; to allow the County Council to increase the appropriation to those funds under certain circumstances; to amend Section 611 “Lapsed Appropriations” to provide that a certain fund is a non-reverting fund; and submitting this amendment to the voters of Howard County for their adoption or rejection in accordance with Article X of the Howard County Charter and Article XI-A of the Maryland Constitution.
A RESOLUTION proposing to amend Section 611 “Lapsed Appropriations” of the Howard County Charter and add Section 907 “Citizen Funded Campaigns” to the Howard County Charter; and submitting this amendment to the voters of Howard County for their adoption or rejection in accordance with Article X of the Howard County Charter and Article XIA of the Maryland Constitution.
A RESOLUTION amending the Howard County Council Rules of Procedure to clarify that there is no legislative session in August and to indicate that the session in December is only to take specified actions.
A RESOLUTION amending schedules for various charges related to the Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee.
AN ACT temporarily prohibiting issuance of certain permits for certain development within a specified area of Howard County; finding that development in the Tiber-Hudson Watershed may be a contributing factor to flooding in Historic Ellicott City and thus may be a threat to the public health, safety and welfare; requesting the Department of Planning Zoning and other County agencies to study and report certain matters and make recommendations regarding such matters; providing that the purposes of this Act are to provide the Department of Planning and Zoning and other County agencies with time to study whether development in the specified area needs to be further restricted or modified and to make recommendations for improvement, and to give the County Council time to act on the recommendations; defining certain terms; providing certain exemptions from the Act; establishing certain processes on the development review and permitting processes; providing that this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect after a certain period; and generally relating to land use, permitting activities, storm water management, drainage and flood mitigation.
Tabled with no final vote
AN ACT establishing the temporary Two-family Dwelling Conditional Use Interim Development Act; temporarily prohibiting certain Conditional Use petitions for proposed Conditional Use approvals for Two-family Dwellings; finding that such petitions, if approved under the current Zoning Regulations, could lead to development incompatible with surrounding residential uses; finding that the potential incompatibility represents a threat to the public health, safety and welfare; providing that the purposes of this Act are to provide the Department of Planning and Zoning with time to study the deficiencies in the Two-family Dwelling Conditional Use, investigate alternatives and make recommendations for improvement and give the County Council time to act on the recommendations; providing that this Act shall be abrogated and of no further force and effect after a certain period; and generally relating to zoning and land use.