Change Maryland Action Fund released a new ad today urging Maryland’s legislature to finally pass Governor Hogan’s proposals to increase sentences for violent offenders who use guns and to require greater judicial transparency on sentences for violent crimes.
While the legislature has failed to act on passing these common sense crime bills year after year, Baltimore saw 319 killings last year and the deadliest January in more than 50 years last month. According to a recent Washington Post op-ed from the former deputy commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, “Our elected leaders have an obligation to make Marylanders safe in our homes and on our streets. To fulfill their duty, Annapolis must pass Hogan’s ‘accountability’ legislation to enhance penalties for gun offenders (the Violent Firearms Offenders Act) and bring prosecutorial and judicial decisions into public view (the Judicial Transparency Act).”
As the legislature continues to ignore this crisis, Governor Hogan is delivering on his promise to Re-Fund the Police with $500 million of increased funding for law enforcement. Yesterday, Governor Hogan signed a historic pay raise for Maryland police and first responders.