April 17, 2023
I want to thank you for your civic engagement during the 2023 Legislative Session. As this new term begins, it is an honor to once again have the opportunity to represent our community in the Senate of Maryland. This was my first year serving as a member of the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee. This position has provided me with more opportunities to work in Annapolis for the benefit of our District and all Marylanders. As part of this committee, I had the opportunity to participate in reviewing and revising the State’s budget.
Once again, I was successful in securing funding for key projects in District 29, totaling almost $39 million. This included funding for the planned Regional Agricultural Center in Charlotte Hall, a new handicapped-accessible boat for St. Clements Island, solar panels for the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, a new press box for Great Mills High School, and new facilities for Historic St. Mary’s City.
I sponsored and passed legislation to strengthen our laws protecting children from sexual abuse, protect our residents from repeat drunk drivers, expand the ability of Marylanders to hunt and fish, and give local government the ability to provide tax credits to our public safety officers. I was also proud to pass legislation to address significant problems that have surfaced at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
While there was a great deal of work done this session that will benefit the residents of District 29, I was very disappointed in several major bills that passed this year. Most notably, I strongly opposed and fought on the floor to prevent unconstitutional legislation that limits Second Amendment rights for Maryland citizens, as well as the passage of an amendment adding the right to an abortion in the Maryland Constitution.
You can learn more about my work during this session here. You can visit this link if you are interested in learning more about a few of the most notable bills that were passed during this session and my views on them.
It is my honor to serve our community and I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue fighting for you in Annapolis.
Senator Jack Bailey