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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 11, 2013

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN’S 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ACCOMPLISHMENTS



 

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN’S 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ACCOMPLISHMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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Lauren Gibbs
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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN’S 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

 

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 11, 2013) – During the 2013 session of the General Assembly, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown continued building on his record of achieving real solutions for Maryland by bringing people together to reach consensus on the challenges we face. The Lt. Governor successfully championed numerous Administration priorities that will create jobs, strengthen our communities, and protect our veterans and working families: 


-       Public-Private Partnership (P3s) legislation (HB560)

  • Creates jobs by attracting private investment in Maryland’s infrastructure through implementation of a stronger, more transparent, predictable and streamlined framework for future P3s.


-   Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 (SB273/HB225)

  • Removes barriers to employment that veterans often face when making the transition from military service to the civilian work force, and expedites the occupational and professional licensing process for military families when a military family moves to Maryland.


-   Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (SB281)

  • Led the Administration’s community outreach efforts on the Firearm Safety Act, holding several public town halls around the State where he engaged hundreds of Marylanders on the Administration’s proposal to reduce gun violence, strengthen mental health provisions and protect our schools.


-   Death Penalty Repeal (SB276)

  • Lt. Governor Brown, a longtime opponent of the death penalty, played a central role in the Administration's efforts to pass legislation that repeals the death penalty in Maryland.


-   Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 (HB228)

  • Implements the final step in the State’s three-year efforts to establish its state-based health insurance exchange and fully implement the other protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Maryland.


-   Legislation to Protect Maryland’s Employees

  • Higher Education Fair Share (SB841/HB863) - Allows a Fair Share program to be negotiated and implemented for employees in state higher education institutions, giving them the same rights as executive branch state employees.
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  • Maryland State Educators Association Fair Share (HB667) - Makes Fair Share representation fees a mandatory subject of bargaining between school boards and local associations.


-   Protected Priorities in the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2013

  • Secured $200 million in State funding for a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County.
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  • Protected investments in capital projects and faculty retention for our Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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  • Advocated for Baltimore City’s proposal to jumpstart its public school construction program.
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  • Supported grant funding to the Prince George’s County Office of the State’s Attorney to improve services related to the prosecution of violent crimes.
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  • Protected funding for the State’s Health Enterprise Zones and Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative programs.