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Day 26 Fighting Opioid Crisis

Senator Bailey has introduced a bill to help our local governments fight the ongoing opioid crisis across our State.  Senate Bill 710 – Health – General – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – County Health Officer will give each county’s health officer the ability to access the State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.  Senator Bailey has discussed this issue with public health experts and found that it would be helpful if they could have access to this data to be able to record trends in prescriber data that could indicate abuses in the system.  Senator Bailey believes very strongly that we need to support our health officers in their effort to stop opioid abuse in Maryland at the source of the problem.  This is one way in which our State government can support the fight against the opioid crisis and help prevent opioid abuse within our community.  Senate Bill 710 will have a hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on March 5. Click to read more about Senate Bill 710.

Today was Maryland Farm Bureau Day in Annapolis.  Senator Bailey met with farmers from Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties to discuss legislation being considered by the General Assembly relating to agriculture in Maryland.  Many of the bills discussed will be considered by the Senator’s committee, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs.  Senator Bailey is a strong advocate for the agricultural community in St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, and will continue to work to support our local farmers in Annapolis.

Senator Bailey had his first bill pass the Senate today.  Senate Bill 343 authorizes Calvert County to borrow money to pay for capital projects.  Senator Bailey was happy to work with the Calvert County Commissioners to get this important bill passed.