Information on my past and present legislative work, along with other happenings at the Maryland General Assembly, can be found at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/Details/hornberger01.
Examples of successful legislation I have worked on include:
Higher Education – Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships – Reimbursement of Expenses for Community College Certification and Licensure
Or as I like to call it, the “Blue Collar Scholarship” bill. This bill increases access for blue collar workers and tradespeople to already existing scholarship money. After a couple attempts in previous years, HB-203 finally passed in 2018 unanimously in both the House and the Senate. This will help tradespeople, truck drivers, and other everyday working citizens attending Cecil College who want to better their lives.
Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis
Regardless of one’s personal stance on the issue, our State has determined that dually-prescribed medical cannabis from a doctor is a valid form of medical treatment. I am inclined to agree, but also learned that this could be used as a backdoor to deny patients their 2A rights. This bill provides that a person may not be denied the right to purchase, possess, or carry a firearm solely on the basis that the person is authorized to use medical cannabis. I’d like to thank Senator Michael Hough (R-Frederick County) for working with me on this issue.
Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – State Law Enforcement Officers
This topic has been a focus of mine for a few years. I was successful in passing similar legislation expanding a statewide income tax break for law enforcement officers to include members of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Many MTA Police reside in Cecil County, specifically for work along the US-40 corridor. Previous bills on this issue inadvertently excluded other miscellaneous State law enforcement officers; the bill I personally worked on corrects that. I’d like to thank Senator Ben Kramer (D-Montgomery County) for working with me on this issue.