Interim Update - February 24, 200624-Feb-2006
Although we have already completed half of the 90-day session, it seems as though there are still so many things still to be accomplished and completed. I believe that the last half of session will prove to be the most important!
This week was filled with intense research for House Bill 850 (The restriction of anti-war protests at military funerals), which I briefly mentioned in one of my previous updates. I have been studying similar legislation from other states in order to create the best Bill, therefore ensuring the most protection for these families. The Bill went before the Judiciary Committee in the House this afternoon and I believe that it was presented exceptionally well with testimony from several Veteran Leaders in the State of Maryland. Attached is my testimony that I presented to the Committee, which clearly outlines much of my extensive research as well as citations from various legal opinions. A veteran's testimony is also attached along with a photo.
Also enclosed are photos that were taken at a protest in Kansas recently so that all of you may gain a clearer picture of what these protests usually entail. As you can see, these actions are very disturbing and extremely detrimental to the mental health and well-being of those families that are in mourning.
I hope that you will support me in my efforts to pass this legislation and please respond with any questions or comments you might have.
Very truly yours,
Harford and Cecil Counties