Bethesda, MD – Last week Senator Roger Manno joined Yolanda Vasquez of Comcast Newsmakers for a discussion on several important issues, including solutions to advance job creation, veterans, government reform and accountability, and the fundamental right to vote.
Above: Senator Roger Manno leading march for pedestrian improvements
Silver Spring, MD – Today, Senator Roger Manno joined dozens of seniors from Hampshire Village and Leisure World in crossing Norbeck Road to Bradford Park on foot, in support of greatly needed sidewalks and a pedestrian crosswalk. The retiree facilities on the south side of Norbeck Road continue to be landlocked from the public facilities at the newly built Bradford Park, which requires access by vehicle, due to the lack of sidewalks and a crosswalk.
Annapolis, MD – During the 2016 session of the Maryland legislature and beyond, Senator Roger Manno has stood firm in staunch opposition to the privatization of State facilities and jobs, including the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, the Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents (R.I.C.A.) in Rockville, and the Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown.
Silver Spring, MD – Today, Senator Roger Manno was the guest speaker at the National Active Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter 1143 of Leisure World.
A former federal employee, Roger gave a brief overview of the 2016 legislative session of the General Assembly, as well as the status of the state’s pension solvency, the state’s AAA bond ratings, and Roger’s successful 2016 legislation, signed by Governor Hogan, to advance the hiring of veterans and their spouses.
Roger is the author of substantial legislation to advance seniors, including model legislation adopted by Governor Martin O’Malley to provide the nation’s first subsidy for seniors in the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” a new law to prevent genetic discrimination, among others. Roger as also selected by the Obama White House to serve on an advisory group to assist in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, in which Roger primarily advocated for eliminating preexisting conditions, or “healthcare discrimination.”
Prior to his 2006 election to the House of Delegates, and his 2010 election to the Maryland Senate, Roger served as a Senior Counsel and Legislative Director in the United States House of Representatives.
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Annapolis, MD – Today Governor Hogan signed legislation (SB245/HB306) authored by Senator Roger Manno and Delegate William Colonel Smith Jr. to increase the hiring of Veterans in Maryland, joining 27 other states who have passed private sector hiring preferences for Veterans under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
“We need it,” stated Manno. “Maryland’s overall Veteran unemployment rate is more than 60 percent higher than the national average, and it’s more than 250 percent higher for Veterans who are women. That needs to end, and we begin that progress right now.”
Maryland is home to more than 430,000 Veterans.
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Lanham, MD – Today, Senator Roger Manno was the guest speaker at an inspirational luncheon advancing foster parenting.
Annapolis, MD – Something utterly rare happened in the last hours of Maryland’s 2016 legislative session: coal was removed from the state’s “clean energy” grant program.
“Whatever people think of coal, in all its abundance,” argued Manno, “it is not a clean renewable energy source, and has no place in a clean energy program.”
Under legislation authored by Senator Roger Manno, the successful Clean Energy Incentives program was reauthorized — preserving the benefits for clean sources like wind, solar, hydro and geothermal — but it was fundamentally altered to finally remove coal from receiving preferential tax treatment. “When the bill passed the Budget and Taxation Committee,” explained Manno, “it came before the full Senate, but was then referred to the Finance Committee in an attempt to restore the coal credit. When that effort failed (adding coal back in to the clean energy program) the bill passed the full Senate unanimously. In the House, the vote was far more political. And in the end, it was a great victory for clean energy in the State of Maryland.”
With the program reauthorized by the legislature, it awaits funding in Governor Hogan’s upcoming budget.
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Annapolis, MD – Legislation authored by Senator Roger Manno to determine sustainable oyster harvest rates cleared a final hurdle in the final hours of the 90-day legislative session.
The landmark legislation, the Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016 (SB937), requires a comprehensive scientific study of oyster populations in order to set sustainable harvest rates that are directly linked to the health and survival of the Chesapeake Bay.
A key priority of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Riverkeepers, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, the bill now sets the stage for real science that will drive outcomes and the future of Maryland’s greatest natural resource: the Chesapeake Bay.
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