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Providing services to our seniors and making every effort to keep them in their own homes should be our priority.

Protecting the most vulnerable, our senior population, is one of the most important issues that the General Assembly considers. Our senior citizens frequently have unique needs and vulnerabilities that other citizens do not face, such as financial limitations, housing (living independently or in a facility), prescription costs or special health care needs.

I have had the honor of serving on the Oversight Committee on Quality Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. From this, I learned that Maryland’s Assisted Living Regulations have not been updated in over 14 years. This issue is frequently discussed in the Oversight Committee's quarterly meetings, and it is past time to bring these regulations up to today’s standards. Because of my position on the Oversight Committee, I have been able to introduce or cosponsor a number of pieces of legislation to protect our seniors.

Sponsored or Cosponsored Legislation:

Also in 2022, we passed SB405/HB1468, Retirement Income Subtraction Modifications and Senior Credit. This legislation reduces the income tax for many of our seniors - $1.55 billion in relief for retirees 65 and older making up to $100,000 in retirement income, and married couples making up to $150,000. As a result, 80% of Maryland’s retirees will receive substantial tax relief or pay no state income taxes at all.