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Thanks to the support of constituents and friends across the region, I have been able to serve in the Maryland General Assembly. Over the last 11 years, I have always voted my conscience placing my constituents’ best interests above anything else. As I promised 11 years ago, my votes have reflected fiscal conservatism combined with a great concern for protecting open space and saving the Chesapeake Bay. I continue to remain an independent thinker, placing policy before party.


I believe in both sharing my views on specific issues as well as my long term vision for the state with voters. At the same time, I want to foster a dialogue and hear from others on these very same issues. Hearing from you about your priorities for your family, community, and our state is always appreciated. I am just an email or phone call away and I encourage you to share your thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding issues important to you. Additionally, if I can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Update: SB 290 – Baltimore County Hybrid School Board

Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee To Vote on Hybrid School Board Bill

SB 290, the hybrid school board legislation I introduced to in the Senate, will receive a vote later today in EHEA. As a compromise, the bill is being amended (see below). Baltimore County Senate Delegation has approved the amendments 8-0, so I anticipate a favorable vote later today. As soon as I hear more, I will let you know.

Senate Bill 290
Amendments to SB 290
UPDATE: Interlineated copy (combines the bill with amendments)


TABCO Endorses State Senator James Brochin


Date: March 5, 2014

State Senator James Brochin (D-42) endorsed by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO).

State Senator Jim Brochin is pleased to announce that he has been endorsed by the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO). TABCO represents over 6,500 teachers in Baltimore County Public School. TABCO President Abby Beytin says TABCO is “proud to endorse Senator Brochin given his long history of dedicated support to Baltimore County Teachers. He has proven that education is a top priority by fighting for quality learning environments.”

In his 12 years in the Maryland Senate, Brochin has been a leading advocate for schools in the 42nd Legislative District. He was instrumental in getting West Towson Elementary School built, fought tirelessly for air conditioning at Ridgely Middle School, helped get the expansion at Stoneleigh Elementary School, and he has been a fierce proponent of an elected school board.
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SB 247 – Stopping Breed Specific Legislation

Last night, February 20th, I voted in favor of SB 247. The passed passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee 10-1. Below is the voting record.



Trees on Charles Street – Update

From the State Highway Administration

Dear Senator Brochin:

I am writing to provide some information on the SHA Landscape Architecture Division’s project to replace trees and refurbish the landscape planting beds in the median of MD 139 (Charles Street) from Bellona Avenue up to the Sheppard Pratt Gatehouse.

Unfortunately, the Bradford Pear trees have already lost limbs and are likely to continue to develop structural problems typical of the Bradford cultivar. SHA’s contractor has removed 20 of the Pear trees within the project limits; starting today, they are replacing the Pears with “Princeton” American Elms, which are sturdy, fast-growing shade trees with good Dutch Elm Disease resistance.

This effort to refurbish the landscaping along Charles Street has been coordinated with the Landscape Operations Division, the District Four Maintenance Division and the Scenic Byways Coordinator. SHA and the contractor will monitor the new trees during the winter and the contractor will perform the remainder of the work (replanting the beds) during the spring 2014 planting season.

Please feel free to share this information with your constituents; if you have any questions about the landscaping work, please feel free to contact me or Mr. Dan Uebersax, Chief of the SHA Landscape Architecture Division in Baltimore at 410-545-8603 or DUebersax@sha.state.md.us.

Sincerely,

David W. Peake
District Engineer, Baltimore and Harford Counties
State Highway Administration
District Four Office
320 West Warren Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-229-2310 / 1-866-998-0367

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