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Posted Mar 8, 2018

State Legislator of the Week

I am very honored to have been named the American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Week!

ALEC is America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. There are representatives from all 50 states and we share best practices and solutions to make our states better.

Sanctuary State - Poll Results - Sign the Petition!

In the January statewide Gonzales Poll, I commissioned a question regarding citizen's opinions on Sanctuary State status for Maryland. On Tuesday, I am holding a press conference to release poll results and as well as discuss HB 1308 - Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2018. This bill that will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee later that day.

Last year, a bill making Maryland a Sanctuary State passed out of the House of Delegates. The bill was defeated in the Senate. A similar bill has been introduced this year and will also be heard in the House Judiciary on Tuesday, along with a number of other immigration-related bills.

Along with the results from the January poll, I will be submitting the results of my online petition to the press. If you believe that Maryland should not be a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants, sign my petition. (FYI - some browsers have been blocking people's ability to sign the petition - maybe it's George Soros of the Russians meddling in my poll!)

Should you wish to submit written testimony on HB 1308, Keep our Communities Safe Act, you can email your testimony to me at

It is due to me by March 12 so that we can get it to the House Judiciary Committee on time. A simple email saying, "I support HB 1308, Keep Our Communities Safe Act. Please vote favorably on this bill and release illegal aliens convicted of a crime to ICE when they request," with your name and address.

Parishioner Protection Act of 2018

Tuesday's hearing on the Parishioner Protection Act of 2018 went well. The Judiciary Committee held hearings on "gun day" until 1:30 AM! There were 990 witnesses to testify for and against a wide variety of bills concerning the 2nd Amendment.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler and I introduced an effort to help our churches defend their parishioners. HB 758, The Parishioner Protection Act of 2018, to permit the wearing and carrying of a concealed handgun on church owned property by any "law abiding" member of the congregation providing they have written permission from the governing body of the church and are legally able to possess a firearm in the State of Maryland.

Thank you to all those who came out to testify for my bill as well as the scores of other bills on the 2nd Amendment.


Thanks for your interest in the important issues facing Maryland today.

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