What's Happening

In the Beginning...

February 4, 2016

Happy February! It's great to be back in Annapolis where the General Assembly has been in session since mid-January.  We are off and running - with more than 3,000 bill drafting requests, veterans have told me that we may hit a record-breaking number of bills to consider.

Open for Business, Closed for Entry

November 20, 2015

I didn't think I'd be writing so soon after my Thanksgiving note earlier in the week, but I had to let you know how concerned I am about the public discourse surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and specifically, Governor Hogan's decision to oppose refugee resettlement in Maryland.  I've sent the Governor the following letter:

Happy Thanksgiving

November 17, 2015

Shorter days and colder weather mean that we’re getting closer to January 13th – Opening Day of the Maryland General Assembly.  The “interim”  -- as the time between Sine Die (end of session) and the beginning of the next one is called -- has flown by.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since I was elected!

Over a year...

July 9, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s been just over a year since the Primary Election!  It has been a very busy year and now that we’re a few months past the legislative session, I wanted to take this chance to fill you in on what we have been up to.

It's a Wrap!

April 17, 2015

Thank you for the opportunity to serve in the Maryland General Assembly! My first session representing the 11th District came to an end at midnight on April 13, 2015.

A Dozen Days

April 2, 2015

There are a dozen days left to the 2015 session and there is still lots to do.  If you're getting this email for the first time, it's because you've written to me recently and I've added you to my update list.  Since I last wrote, the House passed the Budget by a whopping 129-10 and the Senate adopted it unanimously.  The House gives final consideration to the Capital Budget today, which provides funding for the construction, planning, renovation and building of State facilities such as hospitals, higher education institutions, and parks.  Every county also receives fund

Step One, Committee Vote

March 16, 2015

We're heading into a big week.  Tonight, my Appropriations Committee Chair, Maggie McIntosh, will present the budget to the House of Delegates.  Friday's approval by the Appropriations Committee was the culmination of many weeks of good, bipartisan work, and I'm told that for the first time in over 10 years, the Appropriations Committee passed the bill unanimously.

Half Way Down, More Than Half Way To Go

March 2, 2015

It's hard to believe that we just passed the half-way point of this 90 day General Assembly session.  We definitely have not completed half the work, so this next 45 days is going to be jam-packed with bills to consider, hearings, and votes.  Believe it or not, I've only cast a handful of votes (in my committee and on the House floor), and they've all been non-controversial, mostly technical fixes to current law.  Because it was an election year, bills were introduced much later in the session and full, hours long hearings have only recently begun in most committees.

One Month In

February 1, 2015
As January comes to an end, so does the second full week of the General Assembly and I wanted to let you know what's happening in Annapolis and how I've been spending my time.  I will be sending out periodic updates, but please follow my "Shelly Hettleman for Delegate" Facebook page to see regular highlights. 

Freshmen Begin Session

January 22, 2015

After hearing speeches from Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, state House Speaker Michael Busch (D-District 30) and U.S. Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and signing in her first day as delegate for Maryland’s 11th District, Shelly Hettleman was navigating the halls of the State House to get her computer. It was one of many orientation rituals she and the other 57 freshman delegates took part in.

“It feels like finally the culmination of a long road,” said the Baltimore County Democrat.