Here’s where Tracie stands on
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Anne Arundel County alone has 500 miles of shoreline so the impact of climate change and rising sea levels create significant safety and economic issues for all of our residents. It is critical that we prioritize strong environmental policies and programs. We must invest in clean renewable energy such as wind and solar and we must stop building pipelines and infrastructure to support fossil fuel development. I support legislation to continue to expand renewable energy in Maryland and to incentivize clean renewable energy rather than renewables such as trash incineration. Investment in clean renewable energy makes economic sense by creating good jobs, improving the health of our families and boosting security through a diversified and distributed power system.
We need to return to a smart growth approach to development and continue to invest in science to study and find solutions to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Trees are our best line of defense against the detrimental effect of runoff on our waterways and pollution in the air. I support the strengthening of the Forest Conservation Act. It is also imperative that we form alliances and continue to work with surrounding states to design and fund regional solutions to environmental problems.
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Tracie’s column in The Capital 9/12/18: If elected delegate, I will address complex issues surrounding gun violence. Link to article here or full text below.
If elected delegate, I will address complex issues surrounding gun violence by Tracie Hovermale
We can and we must find ways to curb gun violence. Stifling conversation and research by declaring a violation of Second Amendment rights will not take us forward and we cannot stand still.
With the lack of action at the federal level, Maryland needs to work even harder and stay in the forefront on developing policies.
I believe, as do most people, that universal background checks should be required for all sales regardless of the type of gun and place of purchase. Background checks won’t stop all gun violence but we must not fail to act in anticipation that the outcome of an action may not be fool-proof.
Prompt and accurate reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is crucial to the validity of background checks.
We must use caution in identifying people who resort to gun violence as mentally ill. The majority of people suffering from mental illnesses do not resort to gun violence. But shooters often do exhibit behavioral warning signs such as extreme anger, violence, aggression and defiance of rules and laws.
As discontent, anger and defiance escalate the individual may resort to more lethal actions. Victims of domestic abuse, family members, close friends, school officials and law enforcement are often in the position to see these dangerous warning signs and they need to have a pathway to action.
It is crucial to remember that mental health is not static. Mental health can change as a person’s living, work or financial situation changes. We need to ask whether a one-time background check is sufficient.
According to the Brady Center, 90 percent of the guns used in crime come from 5 percent of gun dealers. While some may question the exact numbers, it is obvious that we need to research why this is the trend.
We must ensure compliance with the laws that we have. The Extreme Risk Protection Order (red flag law) will save lives by allowing a judge to order the removal of guns from people determined to be a risk to themselves and others.
However, with no complete data base of gun ownership it may be difficult for authorities to determine if there are guns, how many there are, and where they are. Victims of domestic violence or family members may be reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement out of fear or out of hope that the violence will not reoccur.
Resources need to be committed to ensure law enforcement is able to work with victims quickly to identify and remove weapons, preferably when the perpetrator is still in custody. The new red flag law is real progress but as we saw in the tragedy at the Capital Gazette, we must expand the right to petition for gun removal beyond a partner, family member or mental health provider.
We must form alliances with other states to find ways to end gun trafficking. Guns are easily trafficked along our interstates, from states with lax gun laws, to the market that will pay the highest dollar.
We need to ask ourselves whether any type of semi-automatic weapons that are designed to inflict maximum damage in a short amount of time are acceptable in our society. There are opinions on both sides, but we must debate this question.
Universal background checks, pathways to action when warning signs are seen, identifying the source of a crime gun, curbing gun trafficking and enforcing our current laws are a few options we must pursue.
If I am elected to the Maryland House of Delegates I pledge to work tirelessly with parents, students, law enforcement, school officials, medical professionals and responsible gun owners to face the complexities, analyze the facts and earnestly seek solutions.
To move forward and make progress, voters need to send home any elected official who is not committed to being part of the solution.
Tracie Hovermale is a Democratic candidate for for state delegate in District 33.