Newsletter—January 2019

The 2019 Maryland General Assembly Session has officially begun. Last week all 188 Senators and Delegates were sworn into office. Today marks the inauguration for Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford for their second term. 


Here are some important dates during the early part of the MGA Session to keep in mind:

  • January 22nd – Senate and House Bill Request Guarantee Date
  • January 30th – State of the State Address at 12 noon
  • February 4th – Senate Bill Introduction Date
  • February 8th – House Bill Introduction Date


For a list of all dates of interest, click here.

People on the Move

Uma Ahluwalia has been named a Principal with Health Management Associates. Ms. Ahluwalia was the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services in Montgomery County.  

Diane Croghan has been named Chief of Staff at the Department of Housing and Community Development. Ms. Croghan was an Aide to ex-Anne Arundel County executive Steve Schuh. 

LaWanda Edwards has been named Program Manager of Government Relations and Special Projects with the Maryland Health Care Commission. Previously, Ms. Edwards had worked with out-going Senator Roger Manno and on the Madaleno-Jenkins gubernatorial campaign.

Mary Jean Herron has started a new position as Partner at B2B CFO. Ms. Herron has been a consultant to organizations and executives providing advice on financing, growth and operations strategies in the Maryland area for 20 years.

Owen McEvoy has been named Director of Public Information at the Department of Housing and Community Development. Mr. McEvoy was an Aide to ex-Anne Arundel County executive Steve Schuh. 

Former Delegate Christian Miele has been named Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities.  

Jennifer Pelton, after 15 years at the Public Justice Center, is now the Director of Development for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Steve Schuh, former Anne Arundel County Executive, has been named Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. Mr. Schuh is also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Kelly Schulz has been appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Schulz currently serves as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Secretary Schulz will replace Secretary Michael Gill. 

Jenna Williams has taken a position as Special Assistant at Third Way. Ms. Williams was formerly Chief of Staff to Maryland Delegate Ariana Kelly.


Congratulations to our friends at the Capital Gazette for being recognized among “The Guardians” that were named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2018. Time recognized several journalists along with the staff at the Capital Gazette for their dedication to publishing the truth, and in the Gazette’s case, despite the tragedy that took the lives of five of their co-workers.

Congratulations to a number of staff at the Public Justice Center on recognitions of their work. Attorneys Sulma Guzan and Sally Dworak-Fisher were among the Working Matters Coalition members honored by the Women’s Law Center for the Coalition’s work to pass earned sick and safe leave into law. Attorney Matt Hill was the recipient of the Lorraine Sheehan Memorial Advocacy Award from the Community Development Network of Maryland for his leadership with the Housing for All Coalition which was instrumental in passage of legislation to significantly increase Baltimore City funding for affordable housing.



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