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Session 2023-Week 7

Today marks the halfway point of this year’s legislative session.  This week, Senator Bailey’s legislative priorities continued to advance through the Senate.  Senate Bill 91, which would allow a person under the age of 17 to renew or reapply for an apprentice hunting license, passed the Senate on Friday.  The Senator also presented the St. Mary’s County Delegation’s two bond authority bills, Senate Bill 457 and Senate Bill 458, to the Budget and Taxation Committee on Tuesday.  The Committee gave these two bills a favorable report, and they will now go to the full Senate for their consideration.

Legislative Bond Initiatives

As the Senate continues consideration of this year’s budget, Senator Bailey has once again introduced legislative bond initiatives to support capital projects in our community.  The Senator has submitted five projects for consideration, including a new press box at Great Mills High School, installation of solar panels at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, and the new Regional Agriculture Center planned in Charlotte Hall.  He has also introduced legislative bond initiatives to support the purchase of a new handicapped vessel to enhance accessibility to St. Clements Island and renovations to St. Mary’s Ryken Stadium.  Senator Bailey will continue to advocate for all of these projects to be included in this year’s Capital Budget.

Advocacy Days

Senator Bailey was proud to welcome so many members of the District 29 community to Annapolis on Wednesday for this year’s Developmental Disabilities Day.  The Senator welcomed representatives of the Arc of Southern Maryland and members of Leadership Southern Maryland to advocate for bills to support those who have special needs in our State.

Additionally, the Senator was also happy to have the opportunity to speak to students from the College of Southern Maryland as part of the Maryland Association of Community College’s advocacy day on Tuesday.   He and the students discussed the important role our community colleges play in ensuring Maryland students have the opportunity to receive a quality education and how the General Assembly can support CSM and all of our State’s community colleges.

Senatorial Scholarship Reminder

As a reminder, the deadline for applications for this year’s Senatorial Scholarship is April 7, 2023.  This scholarship is available to students who permanently reside in District 29 and who plan to either attend a Maryland institution of higher education or who have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for unique major status.  The application and additional information about the scholarship can be found at  Please read the instructions carefully before applying.