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April 13th Newsletter

Message From Governor Larry Hogan

Dear Friend,

This legislative session – one of the most productive in our state’s history – has come and gone, resulting in a big win for the people of Maryland. But much more has happened in the past month. While we were working hard to protect our communities from violent crime, provide tax relief for hardworking Marylanders, ensure our citizens have access to health care, and create even more jobs, we faced a horrible tragedy.

On the morning of March 20, a student shot two other students at Great Mills High School, leading to the tragic death of 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey. Maryland State Police were quickly on the scene assisting local and federal law enforcement; the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and all of the first responders who took action to secure the school are true heroes.

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While improving safety in our schools was already on our agenda for the session, it became clear that we could not wait to take action. Of all of our accomplishments this session, I’m most proud that we joined together with the General Assembly to enact a landmark school safety package to help ensure that our kids feel safe in their schools.

My Deputy Chief of Staff Sean Powell is a graduate of Great Mills, and he delivered nearly 3,000 #GreatMillsStrong bands for students, faculty, staff, and community members, and I was sure to get one for myself.

We keep Jaelynn Willey’s family and all those in the Great Mills community in our prayers.

We all remain #GreatMillsStrong.

Below, you’ll read about our successes for the people of Maryland this legislative session and learn how we’ve continued to work to Change Maryland for the Better. As always, be sure to follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Snapchat (Larry Hogan).

Your Governor,

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Session 2018 – A Big Win For The People Of Maryland

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The 2018 legislative session officially came to a close on Monday, April 9, 2018. The following day, Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch to sign 114 bills into law at a signing ceremony at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

“The success of our legislative session shows that, unlike the partisan gridlock we see in Washington, here in Annapolis, we work together in a common sense, bipartisan way to get things done,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank the legislature for joining with us to make our schools safer, protect our communities from violent crime, provide tax relief for hardworking Marylanders, ensure our citizens have access to health care, and create even more jobs.

“I want to thank our presiding officers and legislators on both sides of the aisle for their hard work over the past 90 days. This has been one of the most productive legislative sessions in the history of our state and a win for the people of Maryland.”

Protecting Our Students

Among the bills signed into law were the Maryland Safe To Learn Act (SB 1265), a landmark school safety package that includes key provisions from Governor Hogan’s Safe Schools Act Of 2018, including increased funding for the Maryland Center for School Safety, the creation of aggressive statewide standards for school safety, requirements for the standardized training and certification for all school resource officers, and requirements for each school system to develop behavioral assessment teams to identify and provide interventions for students who may pose a threat to safety.

“No mom or dad should ever have to worry when they send their kids off to school whether their son or daughter is going to come home safely,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank legislators on both sides of the aisle for coming together and working with us to make our schools safer.”

“Washington Wouldn’t Act – So We Did”

Governor Hogan enacted landmark legislation to stabilize Maryland’s health care insurance market and prevent rates from skyrocketing due to the repeated failures of Congress and multiple federal administrations to find and implement solutions to this well-identified problem.

“This problem should have been solved in Washington, but nothing has been done. Our team has been working on potential solutions for more than a year, and I want to thank the Speaker, the Senate President, and legislators from both parties for working together with us in a common sense, bipartisan manner to address this crisis head-on and to prevent these massive rate increases,” said Governor Hogan. “This is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together, and I’m proud to be signing these protections into law.”

In the absence of a comprehensive health care solution from Congress and the federal government, health insurance rates on Maryland’s individual market were set to increase by 50 percent or more in the coming year. After nearly a decade of increasing rates under the Affordable Care Act, the overall stability and foundation of Maryland’s health care market was in clear jeopardy. The legislation signed (HB 1795/SB 1267) creates the structure for a reinsurance program to be administered by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), which is predicted to help stabilize rates for the next several years. MHBE’s board must vote to formally apply for a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create the reinsurance program.

The governor also signed Senate Bill 387 and House Bill 1782, which completed the successful bipartisan effort to stop health care costs from skyrocketing due to inaction by the federal government.

To see a complete list of the bills that have been signed, click here.


First Lady Yumi Hogan – Influential Marylander

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First Lady Yumi Hogan was among the 57 Marylanders who were honored by The Daily Record as “2018 Influential Marylanders.”

The Daily Record’s “Influential Marylanders” Award was created in 2006 to honor the state’s leaders and difference-makers in the areas of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The First Lady’s award, in the “Freestyle” area, recognizes her work in the arts, and her advocacy for cancer patients and their families.

“It is an honor to be selected as a 2018 Influential Marylander,” said First Lady Hogan. “Maryland welcomed me with open arms when I immigrated to the United States from South Korea 38 years ago, and I have been fortunate and grateful for the opportunities to share my passion for art education to enrich the lives of others.”


Did you know?

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Governor Hogan made a bold prediction: the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) would be the first 16-seed ever to upset a 1-seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

On March 16, the Retrievers made history, defeating number one Virginia. Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford hosted the team at Government House to congratulate them on their win.

Commerce Corner

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Governor Larry Hogan joined Amazon executives and state and local officials to celebrate the opening and tour the new, 1.15-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in North East, Maryland. The Cecil County center, announced in January 2017, is the third Amazon facility in the state and has more than 1,000 full-time employees from Cecil County and the surrounding area. In total, Amazon employs more than 5,000 workers across the state, and a fourth facility, under construction in Baltimore County at Tradepoint Atlantic, is expected to add another 1,500 jobs.

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Bank of America, one of the world’s leading financial institutions and the largest bank in the Baltimore region, is planning to add about 600 new jobs at its Hunt Valley complex by 2020, significantly expanding its Baltimore County operations.

The anticipated increase follows the addition of nearly 300 jobs in 2017, which would raise total employment at the location to about 1,500 by the end of the decade.

Maryland Business Express – Plan, Start, Grow, Manage,

Inspired by Governor Larry Hogan’s Regulatory Reform Commission recommendations, the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) unveiled Maryland Business Express, a new website that will make it easier for Maryland’s small business owners and entrepreneurs to plan, start, manage, and grow their business. Accessible at businessexpress.maryland.gov, the new site combines information previously spread across many state agencies into one, easy-to-navigate site, while also providing a clear outline of the steps involved in starting a business.

“Since taking office, our administration has been committed to ensuring Maryland is Open for Business, and since that time, we have become one of the top states in the country for entrepreneurial business growth,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Now, Maryland Business Express will make it easier than ever to start a business, and will provide quick access to the many tools and resources that Maryland agencies have to offer to support our small business job creators.”


Video Highlights

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Fourth Regional Cabinet Meeting: Southern Maryland

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Dragons, and Cows, and Dogs…Oh My!: A Case for Redistricting Reform

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Project CORE: Announcing the Latest Phase

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Baltimore Orioles: Highlights From Opening Day

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Mundane (But Meaningful) Episode 4: The Board of Public Works

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Taekwondo In Maryland: Highlights from the 2nd Annual Governor’s Cup and 3rd Annual Taekwondo Day


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