As a reservist in the Maryland Air National Guard, I have a first hand knowledge of the important role our military plays at home and abroad. I believe it is our responsibility to honor our veterans and active-duty military personnel by providing policies that are accommodating to our service members. Throughout my legislative career I have attempted to maintain this philosophy and will continue to do so in the future.
In consideration for those serving in our military during the last session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 669, entitled Motor Vehicle Excise Tax-Exemption for Returning Military Members. This bill expands the eligibility of the motor vehicle excise tax credit to include a member of the military who returns to Maryland from, or on, active duty. The General Assembly unanimously passed the Fallen Soldier Privacy Act of 2008 (SB 3/HB 64) that prohibits a person from knowingly using the name, portrait, picture, or image of a fallen soldier for commercial purposes without obtaining prior consent from the surviving spouse, personal representative, or the heirs of the fallen soldier. Lastly, Senate Bill 457/House Bill 784 passed with a unanimous vote, which establishes a task force that will identify and examine educational issues that affect military children and examine efforts in the State to ease the transition of children of military families to Maryland schools.