Led by Rick Weldon — member relations manager at the Chamber, former Frederick County delegate, and our passionate and energetic docent — the LFC Class of 2014 was treated to 10+ hours of walking tours, learning, and legislative networking in Annapolis on Friday, February 7. The day began at the weekly Frederick County Delegation meeting where our senators and delegates updated each other on bills they introduced, along with analyses of the ‘survivability‘ of the proposed legislation, and strategic brainstorming.
After a short walk in the sunny, crisp Annapolis air to the Legislative Services Building, the class enjoyed a video followed by a presentation with Q & A of the complex process required to analyze, write, print, distribute, and schedule each bill out of an annual average of more than 2,500 introduced each 90 day session. Next, the class observed our state government at work from the balconies of the House and Senate.
Touring in 34° air fueled appetites, and the Class of 2014 was joined by Senate President Miller, House Speaker Busch, and the entire Frederick Delegation at Harry Brown’s for lunch. Each Senator and Delegate summarized the background of their bills as related to their legislative goals. Speaker Busch and President Miller spoke briefly on a range of topics including the importance of citizen participation in Maryland’s unique legislative process.
The afternoon was filled with learning as LFC was briefed on the lobbying process and its role in Maryland government, how policy analysis is applied to prospective legislation, and how delegates work during the high-pressure controlled chaos of the session.
On the bus ride home, the entire class agreed that the depth of our new knowledge, nuisances of words and deeds, and insights gained were achieved through the experience and deep commitment Rick Weldon has to the Chamber, Leadership Frederick County, and the Frederick community.
In short, State Government Day was a powerful learning experience.
Editor’s Note: Sincere thanks to Rick Weldon, Frederick County Delegates, President Miller, Speaker Busch, and the entire State Government Day Team for making February’s LFC class majorly successful.
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