Legislation

Upgrading Our Commerce and Retail

It’s not hard to look around and see the effects of an advanced Internet economy on yesterday’s commercial buildings, stores and malls. As the national economy continues to move forward, neighborhood shops and malls are forced to reinvent themselves in order to survive. Properties sit vacant and consumers choose to purchase everything from household goods…

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Upgrading Our Housing Stock

Nowhere else in Baltimore County will you see the damage done by massive job losses than in the 7th District. Over the last 30 years, we have been devastated by the demise of our industrial and manufacturing job base and we saw what most of us have never seen – blighted neighborhoods, vacant commercial property,…

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Landmark Essex Revitalization Legislation Passed by County Council

Since taking office, I have had ongoing discussions with the Baltimore County Planning Department on how to infuse investment and prosperity back into the Essex Community. Essex has experienced the devastating impact of the massive job losses that affected southeastern Baltimore County. In the past, we’ve had no organized community development organization to receive and…

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Press Release: The Facts on 287g

Getting the facts out there in the face of misinformation and political rhetoric is important because public safety and upholding the law should never be partisan. Continue reading

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Bill 32-17: Department of Corrections – Duties

An elected official’s first duty is to public safety. Today, there are very real threats to our communities in the form of criminal illegal immigrants who not only disregarded our laws by crossing the border at least once, but continue their criminal behavior and are now incarcerated in our county detention center, and awaiting release…

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Bill 8-17: Building Permits – Rat Eradication

The bill requires that the property owner has a certified pest control technician from a licensed company certify that an eradication was performed. I introduced, and the Council passed Bill 8-17, aimed at addressing cases where buildings are razed to permit new development. The bill requires that the property owner has a certified pest control technician…

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Bill 84-16: Transient Occupancy Tax

The Tourism Bill will take 8% of the county’s existing hotel tax in order to increase that $35k a year by roughly $650k! This will give the county the funding it needs to promote some of the treasures we have. I was proud to co-sponsor Bill 84-16, which allocates a percentage of the revenue derived from…

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Bill 1-16: Human Relations – Veterans

I believe one group has been especially overlooked: the people responsible for the freedoms we enjoy – our military veterans. On January 4th I introduced Bill 1-16 at the County Council’s first Legislative Session of the year. I consider the legislation to be of landmark importance, and wanted to be sure to share the reasoning behind the bill…

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Bill 86-15: Manufacturing, Heavy (M.H.) Zone Use Regulations

Our district has been devastated by job loss, and our constituents deserve every effort to attract jobs to Sparrows Point. On Monday night, Dec. 7, the County Council voted on Bill 86-15, which is legislation I sponsored. It is perhaps the most important economic development legislation in the history of the 7th District, if not Baltimore County,…

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