Annapolis, MD – On Thursday, Jan. 11, one of the first actions of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session was to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of HB 694. House Bill 694 prohibits colleges and universities from considering an applicant’s criminal history as part of the admissions review process.

Delegate Mark Fisher [R – District 27C] said: “As a result of this legislation, your child’s college roommate could be a dangerous felon. Moreover, HB 694 shields the college from receiving any knowledge or disclosure of past offenses, including sexual assault.” Fisher continued: “This is just another example of Democrats putting politics over public safety.”

The following Southern Maryland Legislators voted for HB694: Senate President Mike Miller [D- District 27], Delegate Michael Jackson [D- District 27B], Delegate Sally Jameson [D- District 28], Delegate Edith Patterson[D-Charles], Delegate C.T. Wilson [D- District 28], Delegate Susie Proctor [D-District 28]; and Senator Mac Middleton [D-District 28] and Senator Steve Waugh [R-District 29].

The following Southern Maryland Legislators voted against HB694: Fisher, Delegate Deb Rey [R-District 29B], Delegate Matt Morgan [R-District 29A], and Delegate Jerry Clark [R-District 29C].

Real estate agent mandate killed in committee
On Tuesday, Jan.16, Delegate Lewis introduced HB 55, which requires real estate agents to provide voter registration forms at real estate closings. Realtors throughout the state were very upset that politics would be injected into a business transaction, oftentimes the largest transaction of an individual’s life.

Fisher said: “Everyone has a personal responsibility to register to vote. This is not the responsibility of Realtors. Thankfully, as a member of the House Economic Matters Committee, I had an opportunity to kill this bad bill.”

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