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District 34, Harford County
The 2016 Legislative Session concluded on April 11, 2016
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State Senator Bob Cassilly Honored for
Fighting Impaired Driving in Maryland
Cassilly was recognized for his leadership and tireless efforts by the
Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
WASHINGTON, DC – (August 24, 2016) – The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org), a national not-for-profit that leads the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by America’s leading distillers, this week recognized State Senator Bob Cassilly (R-MD-34) as a recipient of its 2016 Leadership Awards.
Now in its 12th year, Responsibility.org’s Leadership Awards recognize state legislators for strong leadership in preventing drunk driving and underage drinking. State Senator Cassilly received the award in Maryland.
"Impaired driving threatens the safety of our community," said State Senator Bob Cassilly. "By enforcing stricter punishments to impaired drivers who cause injury or death to others, Senate Bill 160 is making a difference on our roads. I'm proud of the legislation Maryland has accomplished and grateful to Responsibility.org for its work and recognition.”
“Maryland has made great progress this year in the fight against drugged and drunk driving, and we are honored to work alongside State Senator Cassilly, who has been integral to this fight,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org. “For the last 25 years, we have led the charge against drunk driving and underage drinking, but we would not be nearly as successful without the help of state officials, who strive to introduce new legislation that will help keep drunk drivers off the road and reduce the prevalence of underage drinking.”
For more information, visit www.responsibility.org.
About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 25 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility and offering proven strategies to stop impaired driving. To learn more, please visit us at www.responsibility.org.
Sen. Cassilly receives the 2016 Friend of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Award for supporting policies that benefit Maryland municipalities. Sen. Cassilly represents Harford County's three municipalities; Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Havre de Grace.
Sen. Bob Cassilly, Governor Larry Hogan, Delegate Andrew Cassilly in Annapolis
Left to right: Friendsville Mayor Spencer R. Schlosnagle; MML President, Sen. Robert Cassilly, and Bill Jorch; MML Government Relations staff
Left to right: Brigadier General Casey, Brigadier General Cowen, Councilman Beulah, Senator Cassilly, Heather Campbell from Senator Cardin's office, and County Executive Glassman
No one should be surprised by the news that there won’t be any “$100 million birthday gifts,” as State Sen. Robert Cassilly put it, coming to Harford County in the form of major state highways projects. The reasons are two-fold: political and practical. With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who county voters strongly supported, in charge of the state budget it would seem Harford would be well positioned to get a nice chunk of highway money. It doesn’t matter whether Hogan is inclined to take really good care of Harford’s highways, anyway. It’s not going to happen because it can’t happen. The Democratic-controlled state legislature, worried that if Hogan were so inclined to reward those who supported him, as winners are wont to do, it would hurt their constituencies ,who weren’t as supportive. To make sure that didn’t happen, the legislature passed a measure known as a new project scoring mandate. In essence, new projects awaiting funding are graded and put in order by how they scored. Harford County projects aren’t likely to be scored very highly. The other obstacle is a shortfall of about $746 million in expected highway money because gas is cheaper. Motorists pay less so there’s less money available to fix the deteriorating and congested roads in Harford and elsewhere in the state. Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn broke the bad news last Friday in a meeting with state legislators, the county government and representatives of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace. There are other smaller projects Rahn pointed out that could still be done because they fell under the $10 million threshold to be included into the statewide Consolidated Transportation Program. The other thing to come out of that meeting that shouldn’t be a surprise is the call for better mass transit. All three legislators from Harford County who were at the meeting – Sen. Cassilly, Del. Susan McComas and Del. Andrew Cassilly, the senator’s brother – pushed for the state to improve commuter rail service north of Baltimore. As time moves forward, the only answer to costly, congested roads will be much improved mass transit. Getting better ways to move masses of people will be costly, controversial and difficult to build. We love our cars, but it’s long past time for us to find more efficient ways to commute to work.
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Sen. Cassilly is honored as the Maryland State's Attorneys Association's "Legislator of the Year" at the MSAA 2015 convention in the first year of his first term as State Senator