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RON WATSON, PhD

MARYLAND STATE SENATE
 
Leadership - Experience - Commitment
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LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES & HIGHLIGHTS

Key Legislation Sponsored or Co-Sponsored
 

2021

  • HB1372 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Education

  • HB0001 - Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • HB0940 - Sports Betting

  • HB0670 - The Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021

  • HB0016 - Dignity Not Detention Act

  • HB0742 - The Walter Lomax Act

  • HB1048 - Permanent Absentee Ballot List

  • HB0584 - Public Utilities - Net Energy Metering

  • HB0885 - Courts of Appeals and Special Appeals Renaming

  • HB1074 - Vehicle Laws - Commercial Motor Carriers - Safety, Maintenance, and Insurance information (James Cohran's Law)

2020

  • HB0605 - Constitutional Amendment - Gaming - Expansion

  • HB0708 - Property Tax Exemption - Disabled Veterans

  • HB0716 - General Provision - Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day

  • HB1621 - Task Force to Study the Feasibility of a Bowie State University Law School

  • HB1647 - Gaming - Task Force to Study Online Gaming

  • HB0917 - Criminal Law - Hate Crimes - Basis (2nd Lt Richard Collins, III's Law)

 

2019

  • HB0181 - Criminal Law - Electronic Harassment and Bullying (Grace's Law 2.0)

  • HB0336 - Civilian Federal Employees - Federal Shutdown Paycheck Protection Act

  • HB0440 - Pathways in Technology Early College High (P-TECH) Expansion Act of 2019

  • HB0166 - Labor and Employment - Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen)

  • HB0493 - Crimes - Solicitation and Conspiracy to Commit Murder Resulting in Death (Stacy's Law)

  • HB087 - Criminal Law - Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses

Bringing Funding Back to the District
Legislative Bond Initiatives:

 

  • Boys and Girls Club Sports Park $125,000

  • Bowie Lions Club $10,000

  • Fountain Food Pantry $30,000

  • Maryland Intergenerational Family Life Center $75,000

  • Foundation for Arts, Music and Education $175,000

  • Maenner House and Annex  $550,000

  • Ivy Village Incubator for Nonprofit Excellence  $50,000

  • BSU Goodloe Alumni House   $50,000

  • Sacred Heart House on the Hill Community  $75,000

  • Benjamin Tasker Middle School   $25,000

  • Champ House   $50,000

  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89   $25,000

  • Town of Upper Marlboro   $175,000

Supporting our College Students:

To date we have awarded over $122,000 in scholarships to students attending a Maryland College, University, or Trade School.

I am proud to continue the tradition of supporting the higher-education of our students.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Other Highlights:

 

  • This session was modified to support CDC protocols for COVID-19.  All testimony and voting sessions were handled virtually via Zoom with only floor votes handled in person.

RON'S MESSAGE
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I continue to remain humbled by the opportunity to serve the residents of the 23rd District.

Our unique and diverse district continues to remain strong and vibrant and attract residents from all over the state. Our district is home to the County seat of government (Town of Upper Marlboro), and the largest municipality in the County, and third in the state (City of Bowie).  I am also proud that we have Maryland's oldest HBCU, Bowie State University in our district.

COVID-19 may have slowed us down, but we will continue to rise and together we will move this great district of our forward!

Yours in Service,

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