Community Mediation Maryland

Community Mediation Maryland stopped by this morning to talk about their services to help provide constituents with an affordable, high quality community mediation service. I’ve directed constituents to them in the past, and they’ve been helpful http://crcbaltimorecounty.org/

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Bill to Mandate Seat Belts School Buses

Below is a video I made for my hearing on SB 183, which would mandate seat belts on school buses. The video and hearing occurred on February 2nd at 2:15pm.


Update: Radebaugh Park

Legislators seek state money for Radebaugh park project in Towson

Two state legislators are filing bond bills to help Baltimore County buy property owned by Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses, in Towson, for use as a county park.

State Sen. James Brochin said last week he filed a bill in the General Assembly seeking up to $200,000 “at the request of the community,” and that the legislation would require matching funds from the county or the community. Brochin’s bill authorizes a state loan called the Radebaugh Park Loan of 2016, and the issuance and sale of bonds.


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Register of Wills’ Legislative Reception

Had fun at the Register of Wills’ legislative reception yesterday in Annapolis. Great to catch up with some good friends (Baltimore County Register of Wills Grace Connolly and Senator Kathy Klausmeier below).


Klausmeier Brochin Connolly January 26 2016

Update: Seat Belts on School Buses Legislation

Last week introduce a bill (SB 183) to require seat belts on our school buses. Watching videos of kids becoming projectiles during an accident is horrifying. The bill can be found online at: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&tab=subject3&id=sb0183&stab=01&ys=2016RS


UPDATE:
The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senator Judicial Proceedings Committee on February 2nd at 1:00pm.
If interested in coming down to support, or want to send written testimony, please email me at jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us


SB183 Front Page

Towson University’s 10th Anniversay

Annapolis can be a lot of fun during our legislative session (it’s also a lot of work). Last week I helped celebrate Towson University’s 150th Anniversary. Some coverage of the celebration: http://tunews.towson.edu/2016/01/15/tu-officially-turns-150-and-we-look-good

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Update: Falls Road Bridge over Georges Run

I am pleased to give you an update on SHA’s $3 million project to replace the bridge carrying MD 25 (Falls Road) over Georges Run near Gunpowder Road.

Weather permitting, the new bridge will open to traffic on or about Friday evening, January 11. The State Highway Administration and the contractor will place digital message signs on the approaches to the bridge to advise drivers when the bridge is open.

The contractor, A-Del Construction, Inc. of Newark, DE will return this spring to repair and resurface roadway pavement in the vicinity of the bridge.

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Loch Raven Technical Academy

Perks of the job: spending time with Loch Raven Technical Academy students discussing public policy. Great kids. Amazing conversation!

Loch Raven Technical Academy December 15 2015

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s Better Waterways – Nov 2015

Below is a pre-game picture from Gunpowder Valley Conservancy​’s Better Waterways event on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Loch Raven Reservoir. Huge thank you to the organizers, the 33 volunteers who came out to help including Towson University​ students, and , REI (Timonium, MD)​ for sponsoring (and their employees). 1,175 lbs of trash from .25 miles of Loch Raven Reservoir shore line were removed!!

Other pictures are online at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eq7o9w4ro0bqtpt/AACGfea0yYWMLjkBId5EjzRma?dl=0
Better Waterways fall clean up Nov 2015

Hollow Rd Stream Clean-up Project

November 14, 2015: Below is a picture of the results of several hours of hard work picking up trash off Hollow Road in Cockeysville near the Loch Raven Reservoir. We removed several tires, hundreds of bottles, a motor for a boat, and other random articles of trash. It was a lot of fun, and I appreciate effort of those who came out to help. Looking forward to the next stream clean-up project!


Hollow Rd Clean-up