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Moving Forward

We are now halfway through the legislative session here in Annapolis. Several important bills are moving forward. I’m especially pleased many of my bills are among those passed by the House:

  • HB 216:  Easing the switch to clean energy for condominiums 

  • HB 139:  Ensuring renters receive energy assistance 

  • HB 287: Expanding tax credits for low-income renters 

  • HB 66: Empowering counties to offer tax credits for teachers and safer and affordable housing 

March 18th is “Crossover Day.”  It’s the day all bills must be passed by one chamber and sent over to the opposite one if they will move forward to final passage.

** To track the status of bills, go to the “Legislation” page on my website.

WARMTH Act Receives a Very Warm Welcome 

Last week my bill (HB 397) to allow public utilities to install and manage networked geothermal systems had its hearing. It has the support of a broad coalition:  consumer advocates, environmentalists, unions, and utilities. The pilot projects envisioned by the bill would help heat and cool buildings and homes in targeted low-income and under-resourced communities.

Not Forgetting Fire Safety

Last year I vowed to the family of Melanie Diaz—who died in an apartment fire in Silver Spring—that I would do everything in my power to prevent such tragedies in the future. My bill, HB 823, fulfills that promise. Her family testified in support at the bill’s hearing last week and lobbied other lawmakers.

Why Ratepayers Shouldn’t Pay Utilities’ Lobbying Bills 

My bill, HB 505, would prohibit utilities from charging ratepayers for such things as lobbying and dues to trade associations.  These efforts and organizations often slow or prevent progress towards our clean energy goals. Take a deep dive into this issue by watching this video

Read Across America Day

One of my favorite days in Annapolis is when we promote reading.  This year the books I donated to the event were purchased from People’s Books, a new independent bookstore in Takoma Park:  a perfect way to support a literate populace and the local economy!

Silver Spring Recreation and Aquatic Center Grand  Opening 

Our exercise options have improved dramatically with the opening of a brand-new, state-of-the-art recreation center in downtown Silver Spring!  A pool, gym—even a Kefa Cafe—are all under one roof at 1319 Apple Street. 

Walk and Talk With Me in White Oak: Sunday, March 24th, 1:00-3:00

My staff and I started these walks in local parks last year and found they are a wonderful way to give updates from Annapolis and hear about issues you care about. More details to come!

Stay in Touch: Need help with a state issue? Please contact my office at or leave us a message at (410)-841-3423.


Lorig Charkoudian


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