Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Michael Malone
What is your top legislative priority for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
My top priority is to continue to keep the pressure on for legislation for a constitutional amendment modifying how state legislative lines are drawn and how congressional districts are drawn. At a minimum, congressional district lines should be drawn in a fashion that matches the Maryland Constitution for state legislative districts requiring the lines to follow natural geographic and county boundaries.
What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I plan to continue to support small businesses by providing and supporting legislation that reduces the tax and regulation burden on businesses. Small business is the heart and soul of Maryland’s economy. By way of example, I support legislation which would reduce business personal property taxes.
What concerns you the most about the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I am concerned that the Democrats will continue through their majority in the House of Delegates and the State Senate to limit the effectiveness of our Governor and to change the rules to their advantage. By way of example, the Democrat majority changed the rules of the game as to the composition of the Anne Arundel School Board Nominating Commission just because a republican governor was now making the appointments. The Democrats also changed the rules with transportation funding with the Highway Scoring Bill.
What are your budget priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
I want to continue to support Governor Hogan’s efforts to reduce taxes and fees upon Maryland citizens.
What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2017 General Assembly Session?
The primary bill that I will be supporting or introducing affecting Anne Arundel County is a bill to create an elected School Board within Anne Arundel County.
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What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding starting the school year after Labor Day?
I believe the Governor’s Executive Order makes sense as it provides more time for families to vacation and should also result in reduced cooling costs for school systems as the last two weeks of August are often some of the hottest days of the year and requires significant funds to keep our schools open. Furthermore, many schools in Baltimore County apparently do not have air conditioning which results in schools being closed which means taxpayers are paying for teachers who do not have any students in the classrooms to teach.
What are your thoughts on assisted suicide?
I believe all life is precious and begins at conception. I have yet to see and am unlikely to ever see an assisted suicide bill which I would find acceptable.
What are your thoughts on the Highway Scoring Bill?
As previously mentioned, the Highway Scoring Bill was also an example of a power play by the Democrats to limit Governor Hogan from putting forth a practical and appropriate transportation plan for the State of Maryland.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of Kathy Szeliga’s US Senate campaign?
For Kathy Szeliga in addition to supporting the Republican slate which, as previously stated, included putting up dozens of signs and spending hours at polling locations supporting the slate, I also made multiple contributions to her campaign and attended several of her fundraisers.
What did you do on behalf of or in support of of other Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2016?
I previously stated my efforts to support the Republican slate. In addition to the efforts previously stated, I also promoted republican candidates at various events. I was particularly supportive of Kathy Szeliga for Senate and Mark Plaster for Congress. I have been supporting republican candidates for almost two decades with my time and treasury.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first two years of this term?
Although I have not benefited from a full two years of service in the Maryland General Assembly, I believe my biggest accomplishment has been supporting the Governor’s agenda and helping kill bad bills like the assisted suicide bill.
Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?
I will be running for election to the Maryland House of Delegates in District 33 in 2018. I will be running to continue to support conservative ideals and fiscal responsibility within the State of Maryland. I also want to continue the battle I have been fighting for almost two decades to make Maryland a true two party state.