We are getting closer, and could still use your voice.
- Good News. The state level bills HB 115 and SB 582 have passed and are still sitting on Governor Larry Hogans desk.
- Bad News. Tomorrow, May 19th, is the last scheduled legislation signing day for the 2016 legislative session, and unfortunately, the Governor has chosen not to sign the bill at this point. At the conclusion of session, the Governor stated that he would look skeptically on any bill that spent any new money not previously included in his budget. However, please note that the legislation is not lost. There are several outcomes moving forward.
- First, the Governor could chose to veto the bill entirely. This would be a terrible decision and one that I don’t think is very likely. The bill had bi-partisan sponsorship, including the Republican House Minority Leader, and passed both chambers with bi-partisan supermajority votes. A veto override would be inevitable and easily achieved.
- Second, the Governor can conclude his review of the legislation, agree that it is the right thing to do, and schedule an ad hoc signing day for any remaining bills that he might decide to sign. If that was to happen, we will immediately let you know. It will be a quick turnaround, and there will be very little notice available to anyone who might want to come to Annapolis to take part.
- Finally, the Governor can chose to do nothing. If he takes no action on the bill by May 31st (13 days from now), the bill will automatically become law without his signature.
- CALL TO ACTION: We need everyone across the state to reach out to Governor Larry Hogan and his staff to let them know this is important and needs to be funded. To contact the Governor;
- Bad News. County Executive Isiah Leggett firstname.lastname@example.org chose not to fund the county level grant for robotics. If you are not happy with his decision, we recommend contacting him and voicing your concern about his position on robotics in the county.
- Good News. The Montgomery County Council is still considering the $125,000 grant that will fund FRC, FTC and FLL 2016 registration fees and fields.
- CALL TO ACTION: We need everyone across the county to contact the following county leaders to help ensure the grant is funded! Please use this template in your email.
- Council Vice President Roger Berliner Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Council Member Marc Elrich Councilmember.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Council Member Nancy Floreen Councilmember.email@example.com
- Council Member Tom Hucker Councilmember.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council Member Sidney Katz Councilmember.email@example.com
- Council Member George Leventhal Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Council Member Nancy Navarro Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Council Member Craig Rice Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
- Council Member Hans Riemer Councilmember.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
Keep pushing, we know every Maryland student appreciates your efforts.