Delegate Nic Kipke Candidate Profile for District 31 Re Election


Delegate Nic Kipke For Re Election - District 31

Delegate Nic Kipke Candidate Profile for District 31 Re Election

Dear Neighbor,

If you are like me, I am sure you were happy to hang a fresh 2010 calendar on the wall. Last year was overwhelmingly full of economic challenges for most Americans. While economists tell us that what we’ve been experiencing is not equivalent to the “great depression” it will surely be remembered as the “great recession.” At this time Maryland’s unemployment rate is still at a 30 year high and there are very few indications that the economy is yet to be on the rebound.

In recent years, the legislature has sadly taken steps that have worsened our economic competitiveness in Maryland. Today Maryland is the 5th highest taxed state in the nation and much higher taxed than our bordering states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additionally, Maryland is ranked as the 4th worst state for employers because of bureaucratic spider webs and high tax rates. While I have consistently voted against every tax increase since I was elected this legislature has failed to recognize that Maryland can only thrive when our taxpayers are able to succeed in the workforce.

During the next 90 days I will be a strong voice for economic policies that strengthen our state’s economic environment. As always I will vote against all proposals to raise taxes and continue to be an advocate voice for freedom, personal responsibility, and supporting people with “skin in the game” not people who “game the system.”

I take pride, as an elected official, by being available and accessible to you and your concerns. I want to encourage you to stay in touch with me and let me know about issues that are important to you and your family. My Annapolis contact information is as follows:

I take pride, as an elected official, by being available and accessible to you and your concerns. I want to encourage you to stay in touch with me and let me know about issues that are important to you and your family. My Annapolis contact information is as follows:

Email: nicholaus.kipke@house.state.md.us
Phone: (410) 841-3421
Mail: Delegate Nic Kipke
6 Bladen Street, Office 164
Annapolis, MD 21041
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In addition to contacting me you may wish to follow my bill progress online. As I submit bills for consideration you can see what I am sponsoring by following this link.

I sincerely hope 2010 is a year full of blessings for you and your family. This year, I am more hopeful than ever that we can get our country and state moving in the right direction again. It is my sense that Americans are more engaged than ever in affecting the future of our most precious country. It reminds me of a quote that I’ve always admired from our 40th President, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men and women were free.”

Very Truly Yours,

Nic Kipke

Additionally:

Delegate Kipke Sponsors and Co-Sponsors legislation that is important to him and our community. Below are highlights of the upcoming and previous legislative sessions. Please email Delegate Kipke if you have an idea for possible legislation or would like more information.

2009 Session Sponsored Bills

HB503 – Maryland Commission on Autism – PASSED!

 

There is another important public health bill that I am very proud to have sponsored, which passed. HB503 will create a Maryland Commission on Autism. This “blue ribbon” group of stake holders will evaluate the services we provide for kids and adults with autism as well as create a statewide plan to improve these services. The best science suggests that 1 in 150 children born in Maryland develop an autism spectrum disorder, but there is no consensus on what causes it or how to treat it.

HB1363 – Green and Healthy Cleaning in Public Schools – PASSED!

There were two other bills that I sponsored which passed. HB1363 will require all public schools to buy “green” cleaning supplies. This makes Maryland the third state in the nation to create a statewide preference for healthier cleaning products in schools that contain environmentally friendly ingredients.

HB1573 – Soda Fountain Tax Repeal – PASSED!

This bill repeals a law that has been on the book since 1916. This law allowed the state to charge a licensing fee for “old-fashioned” soda fountains. These fees became obsolete when soda fountain operations evolved into restaurants. But last month, the Comptroller of Maryland sent out a mandate that the fee be reincarnated and charged “every soda delivery device.” This would have cost restaurants, convenience stores bowling alleys, movie theatres, and any establishment with sodas tens-of-millions of dollars each year. HB1573 repealed this antiquated law and stopped thousands of small businesses from being “nickel and dimed.”

2009 Co-Sponsored Bills, Highlights

HB7 – State Procurement – U.S. Flags Made in the U.S.A. – PASSED!

HB20 – Rosa’s Law – Intellectual Disability to Replace Mental Retardation – PASSED!

HB85 – College Textbook Affordability Act of 2009 – PASSED!

HB405 – Breast Cancer Screening – PASSED!

HB275 – Historic Freetown Renovation – PASSED!

HB674 – Health Insurance – Small Group Market Regulation – Modifications – PASSED!

HB739 – Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Substance Abuse Services – PASSED!

2008 Session Sponsored Bills

HB64 – Fallen Soldier Privacy Protection Act – PASSED!

Some very shameful companies are using the names of fallen military men and women for profit. They include the names of these American Heroes on shirts that are sold for profit. Delegate Kipke believes this should be prohibited without the consent of the fallen soldiers family or legal representative.

HB343 – Pharmacy Benefit Managers – Therapeutic Interchanges – PASSED!

When the Governor signs this bill, it will lower the price of prescription drugs. Marylanders buy billions of dollars of pharmaceutical prescription drugs and unfortunately, when generic drugs become available often consumers do not have access to them. My bill will encourage the availability of generic drugs when appropriate. This bill will save Maryland consumers millions each year.

Another important requirement of HB343 is related to the use of Mail-order Pharmacies. In an effort to save money, the use of Mail-order Pharmacies has become very common, especially for long-term maintenance drugs like those for high cholesterol or diabetes. My bill will require that if your prescription plan changes the brand name drug that you are using to another brand name drug, you will now have the right to receive a free refill at a local pharmacy so that you do not have an interruption in your therapy.

HB1369 – Vehicle Laws – Uninsured Motorist – Waiver of Right to Noneconomic Damages – Interim Study!

It is illegal to drive a car in Maryland without car insurance, however thousands drive illegally every day. Many of these lawbreakers will sue an insured motorist if they get into an accident for “non-economic” damages like pain, depression, and “suffering.” These settlements are often many hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions! This bill when passed, with save Marylanders millions each year by waiving the right for the lawbreakers to sue an insured motorist for “non-economic” damages.

2008 Co-Sponsored Bills, Highlights

HB62 – Lead – Containing Children’s Products – Prohibition – PASSED!

HB66 – Anne Arundel County Historical Freetown Renovation

HB187, HB196, HB253, and HB326 – Tech Tax Repeal

HB252 – Child Protection from Predators Act

HB288 – Vehicle Laws – Proof of Legal Presence

HB291 – Sales Tax – Tax-Free Period for Back to School Shopping

HB358 – Maryland Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 – PASSED!

HB586 – Mercury and Lead Reduction Act (Study) – PASSED!

HB885 – Prohibition on Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws

HB886 – English Language – Formal Recognition

HB1176 – Committee on Childhood Obesity – PASSED!

HB1355 – Election Law – Identification of Voters

HB1391 – Kids First Act – PASSED!

HB1492 – Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program – Subsidy for Medicare Part D Coverage – PASSED!

HB1606 – Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland – PASSED!

Other Sponsored Bills That Did Not Pass in 2008

HB378 – Abuse or Neglect of Animals – Increased Penalties

HB147 – Milk Products – Sale of Natural Whole Milk

HB161 – Increased Penalties for Graffiti

HB344 – Cyber-Harassment Prevention

HB596 – Green Cleaning in Maryland Public Schools

HB1357 – Power of Attorney Accountability Act (Lorettas Law)

One response to this post.

  1. Some very interesting information here, and a very interesting blog too.

    I will have to bookmark this and stop by more often.

    thanks.

    Reply

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