German American Heritage Month bill passed!
2013 Legislation-THE BILL PASSSED!
October now German American Heritage Month
Update: Well the third year was the charm. The last bill passed out of the House tonight (the last night of the session) was House Bill 34. It went through the House as German American Heritage Day, but passed. Then it went to the Senate and Senator Klausmeier offered the amendment to make it the German American Heritage Month...that passed and had to be sent back to the House because of the amendment. The House concurred with the Senate amendment and the German American Heritage Month bill passed.
I thank all of you for your testimony, prayers, letters, emails, calls and good thoughts. I thank Senator Katherine Klausmeier and Delegates Sue Aumann and Bill Frank for their fight on the House side and I thank committee Chairman Hammon for passing this bill out of his committee this year.
This means that the German Maryland community must work together and show others our proud heritage. The month of October is an easy month to do this with the unification, the national holiday, Octoberfest, etc. We must work together to let others know of our heritage and our many contributions to life in Maryland!
I honestly don't think I have been this happy for a long time.
To check the history, the votes or the bill as it will be enrolled click here!
We were unsuccessful during the 2011 & 2012 General Assembly Sessions.
Legislative Note (2012):
Unfortunately, the bill did not make it our of the House Rules Committee in 2012. We thank the Senate for passing the bill [vote was 42-0] and wish we could understand the House committee's reluctance to pass the bill.
Make sure you take a look at the Assembly's Passed Ethnic Legislation
Don't forget to call your legislator and thank them for supporting the bill-Special thanks to Senator Klausmeier and Delegate Aumann!
Stay involved politically!
Photos from the 2012 Session
Members of the German community with
Delegates Frank (3rd from left) and Aumann (5th from left) [2-2-2012].
Members of the German Community at Senate Hearing, March 14, 2012
(Back: Brigitte Fessenden, Tom Werner, Betty Nieman, Dutch Nieman, Bernie Penner, Bill Arnold, Maureen Helinski
Front: Hans Steffen, Leslie Trageser, Senator Katherine Klausmeier, Shelley Arnold)