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Major Bills that became law under my leadership

 

HEALTH CARE

• Expanding addiction treatment: Although in the headlines now, my bill from 1998 was the first major effort to increase funding for addiction treatment. I continue to introduce evidence-based ideas to manage this ongoing crisis.
• Bringing medical cannabis to Maryland patients: The first bill I introduced on this issue was in 2003. Now we are finally getting close to providing this needed medication to suffering Marylanders in a safe and responsible way.
• Improving end-of-life care by promoting Advance Directives, developing electronic AD registries, and recognizing National Healthcare Decisions Day in our state. This helps to address a difficult issue that every person and family faces.
• Expanding access to affordable health care in a variety of bills including support for colon cancer screening, smoking cessation, birth defect treatments, dental care, eye care, and wellness programs.
• Creating a statewide system for organ donation. This legislation jumpstarted Maryland’s now nationally recognized organ donation program.
• Protecting health care workers from infectious diseases by enhancing safety regulations in hospitals.
ENVIRONMENT
• Protecting Maryland’s Coastal Bays from over-development, called “landmark legislation” by the late great Delegate Leon Billings.
• Creating Maryland’s system of electronics recycling, which became a model for other states, keeping millions of tons of toxins out of our air, water, and soil.
• Phasing out pollutant microbeads from waterways and water systems. This also became a national model bill.
• Requiring State high-performance “green” building construction, thereby reducing utility expenses and pollution, as well as creating a healthier and more productive work or school environment.
• Expanding growth of organic farming, the wine industry, and farmers’ markets, supporting our state’s agriculture sector. When this bill passed there were less than 5 wineries in Maryland; today there are over 80, and local farmers’ markets are everywhere.
CITIZEN/CONSUMER PROTECTION
• Promoting open meetings and public access to government operations and documents.
• Regulating/eliminating scam charities while supporting legitimate ones. Unfortunately, too many of our generous citizens have unwittingly donated to phony charities. We want to be sure that donations go to the intended purpose.
• Promoting the rights of persons with disability claims against insurance companies.
• Licensing home inspectors. This legislation set up standards and licensing for home inspectors, thus protecting consumers when making one of the biggest purchases of their lives.
GOVERNMENT REFORM, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
• Reforming our dysfunctional procurement system for government contracts, thereby saving money through better operations and competition for state business.
• Expanding business opportunities for minorities and women by stabilizing and improving the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program.
• Enabling school districts and private schools to pool their purchasing operations, saving millions of dollars each year.
• Promoting tourism and dining out by allowing restaurants to open outdoor seating areas to patrons with pets.
                           (A complete list of enacted bills follows.)
I will continue to be an active participant in the formation of public opinion, which is what ultimately drives legislative action. I’ve written many articles and one book, and more are coming.
My family has stood with me through thick and thin. I cannot thank them enough for their support.
Over the years I have been blessed with a wonderful staff, both full-time and part-time, especially Michelle Bernstein, Mary Lou Cole, Sharon Bloom, Penny McDougal, Keshia Pollack, David Fakunle, Tricia Christensen, Shannon Frattaroli, and others. They have contributed greatly to whatever success I have had. 
I am grateful to the citizens of the 11th District who put their trust in me to represent them and who supported me with feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism.
Now more than ever, Marylanders face a variety of complex problems, as does our nation. It is only by civic engagement that a vibrant democracy can find consensus and solutions.
Dan
Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D.