Red Maryland Pre-Session Survey: Wendell Beitzel

What is your top legislative priority for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Oppose efforts to ban natural gas development in Maryland

What are some of your other legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Restore Highway user revenue to local jurisdictions and municipalities

What concerns you the most about the 2017 General Assembly Session?
The lack of bipartisan cooperation to resolve looming structural deficits.

What are your budget priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Balance FY 2017 budget, pass balanced budget bill for FY 2018, support the Governor’s transportation priorities, limit capital budget expenditures to revenue from real estate taxes.

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What are your local projects or bills of local interest will you be introducing or supporting during the 2017 General Assembly Session?
Passing legislation that provides payment in lieu of taxes for rural counties where the State owns large percentage of lands in forests and parks, provide education funding for local jurisdictions with declining student enrollment.

What are your thoughts on Governor Hogan’s Executive Order regarding starting the school year after Labor Day?
Support the Governor’s actions.

What are your thoughts on assisted suicide?

What are your thoughts on the Highway Scoring Bill?
Opposed the legislation primarily because it gives higher priority for mass transit projects that are funded with highway user revenue.

What did you do on behalf of or in support of Kathy Szeliga’s US Senate campaign?
Made donations to her campaign, publicly supported her for the Senate position and assisted with her campaign in my district.

What did you do on behalf of or in support of of other Republican candidates or the Republican Party in 2016?
Supported the Congressional District 6 Republican candidate for Congress

What has been your biggest accomplishment as a legislator in the first two years of this term?
Sponsored the bill in House that increased the speed limits on Interstates in Maryland; co-chairman of the Maryland legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus that represents the interests of the hunting, fishing and trapping community, was elected to the Executive Board for the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus; influenced budget decisions that provided additional funding for schools with declining enrollment in rural counties.

Will you be running for re-election in 2018? Why or why not?

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