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Accomplishments

Appropriations

As a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, Frank has helped Howard County obtain:

  • $8,000,000 for Merriweather Post Pavilion reconstruction
  • $150,000 for the new Chrysalis Pavilion in Merriweather Park
  • $300,000 for the Harriet Tubman Community Center and Museum
  • $50,000 for the ManneqART Museum and Maryland Fashion Institute
  • $25,000 for Tau Pi Mentoring Program
  • $125,000 for Carrollton Hall restoration
  • $250,000 for the Arc of Howard County HVAC
  • Over $313 million of state money for Howard County Public School construction and renovations over the past 16 years
  • $12 million for the new Howard Community College Instructional Laboratory Building, $11 million for the Horowitz Visual and Fine Arts Building and $13 million for the student service building. Frank also spearheaded a $100,000 first-time operating funding for the HCC Regional Educational Center
  • $2 million of open-space money to purchase land for the North Laurel Community Center and $1,254,000 for planning and construction
  • $6 million to purchase the Blandair Estate for a Regional Park and $1,475,000 to renovate the estate house
  • $25,000 for the Watson Telescope Observatory
  • $35.000 for the Living Farm Heritage Museum
  • $50,000 for the Carroll Baldwin Hall
  • $50,000 Norbel School
  • $75,000 for the Alpha Ridge Park
  • $150,000 for Ellicott City Post Office
  • $250,000 for the Symphony Wood Park
  • $800,000 for Robinson Park
  • $250,000 for Howard County General Hospital
  • $605,000 for Troy Regional Park
  • $550,000 for the Linwood Center
  • $500,000 for the Head Start Building in Owen Brown
  • $500,000 to renovate the Florence Bain Senior Center
  • $425,000 to redesign the old Bendix Building for incubator businesses
  • $325,000 for the Howard County General Hospital Behavior Emergency Unit
  • $150,000 for the Howard County Conservancy
  • $475,000 for Grassroot Intervention

Creating a Better Environment

Frank has a 94 percent voting record on environmental issues over the past 20 years. Frank also fought to secure $6 million for the purchase and preservation of Smith Farm for the people of Howard County. The 300-acre tract of land will be converted into a regional park instead of another 1000-home development. Frank also obtained over $2 million for open-space land for the North Laurel Community Center and $1,254,000 for planning, design and construction of that facility.

Frank also supported legislation to address the depleted Oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. Prohibiting the use of power dredging. HB5/07 that established the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund, Stormwater Management Act of 2007 SB554/07 to reduce the amount of of Nitrogen from septic systems that ultimately reached the Bay.

Endorsements

Maryland State Education Association

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Equality Maryland

United Transportation Association

Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association

AFSCME Maryland (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)

SEIU Maryland/DC State Council

Sierra Club

Columbia Democratic Club

NARAL Pro-Choice PAC Maryland

CASA in Action

Progressive Maryland

Maryland NOW (Maryland National Organization for Women)

Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club (TMDC) of Howard County

Maryland Farm Bureau PAC

Maryland Association of Realtors

Clean Water Action

Howard County Police Officers’ Association

African American Coalition of Howard County

Howard County Education Association

Columbia Flier

Howard County Times

Helping Business While Protecting Consumers

Frank helped secure $425,000 to redesign the Old Bendix building to attract and provide opportunities for start-up business incubators. Frank also worked with leadership to move Giant’s food distribution facility from Prince George’s County to Howard County rather than out of state. In 1999, Frank fought and voted against deregulation of BG&E.

Improving Education

As a member of the Legislature, Frank Turner worked to secure $313 million for school construction and renovations over the past 20 years -- the highest spending level in county history. Frank fought for additional funds for K-12 programs to maintain our schools as the highest performing in the state. According to Education Week, Maryland is ranked the #1 school system in the country for the past two years and Howard County school's is listed as the #1 school system in the state.

For Howard Community College, he helped obtain $12 million for the new Instructional Laboratory Building, $13 million for the student service building and $11 million for the Horowitz Visual and Fine Arts Building. Frank also spearheaded a $100,000 first-ever funding of the HCC Regional Education Center in North Laurel.

Protecting Seniors

Frank fought the conversion of Blue Cross/Blue Shield from a non-profit to a for-profit company and helped to provide continued prescription drug benefits to 40,000 seniors for $10 a month and a small co-pay. He helped secure $500,000 to renovate the Florence Baine Senior Center and supported requiring Care First to provide $4 million annually to Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Programs. Frank also supported Healthy Howard, which provides uninsured Howard County seniors and residents with access to health care. In addition, Frank also supported streamlining and improving the reimbursement process for out-of-state network doctors, protecting consumers from unexpected and costly medical bills and preventing fraud and financial abuse in the healthcare system. Frank also supported legislation to help close the "donut hole," tighten pharmacy laws, expand property tax credits for seniors and prevent utilities from shutting off services in extreme weather conditions.

Public Safety

Frank sponsored or co-sponsored over 100 public safety bills that have become part of Maryland law. Frank also supportd Jessica's Law, domestic violence legislation and sex offenders legislation. Howard County must be a safe place to live and work for all citizens.

Socially Responsible, Fiscally Prudent Budget Decisions

The three bond rating agencies that determine the financial health of each state have given Maryland a triple-A bond rating over the past 20 years. Only 7 other states in the nation maintain such a prestigious ranking, which saves our taxpayers millions of dollars in interest costs. As a member of leadership on the Appropriations Committee and Ways and Means, Frank S. Turner will continue to balance the social needs of the state with our fiscal ability to provide resources.

Sponsored Bills

Delegate Frank S. Turner, Sponsor:

  • 2016 - HB 1008 - Election Law - Early Voting Centers
  • 2015 HB180 Video Lottery Terminal, PDA, Standardbred Racetrack Operating Loss Assistance
  • 2015 HB538 Blind or Visually Impaired Children - Individualized Education Programs - Orientation and Mobility Instructions
  • 2015 HB769 Election Law, Persons Doing Business - Statement of Contributions
  • HB 396 - Department of Disabilities - Study of Accessibility Concepts in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Information Technology Programs in Higher Education
  • Property Tax - Notice - 60-Day Appeal (HB6/10)
  • The John Arnick Electronic Communications Traffic Safety Act(prohibiting text messaging while driving)(HB72/09)
  • Higher Education - Student Financial Assistance - Retention of Unused Funds HB(937/09)
  • Motor Vehicle Exercise Tax - Exemption for Returning Military Members HB (669/08)
  • Family Law - Adoption Search, Contact, and Reunion Services - Relatives and Members of the Adoptive Family (HB334/06)
  • State Personnel - Disciplinary Actions - Costs of Appeals to the Office of Administrative Hearings (HB1032/06)
  • University System of Maryland - Restrictions on Campaign Fund-Raising Activities by Members of the Board of Regents (HB1674/06)
  • State Personnel - Grievance - Costs of Appeals to Office of Administrative Hearings (HB922/05)
  • State Personnel - Grievances - Settlement (HB923/05)
  • Education - Public School Construction - Modular Construction (HB199/04)
  • Family Law - Adoption Search, Contact, and Reunion Services - Siblings (HB232/04)
  • Higher Education - Community Colleges - Innovative Partnerships for Technology Program (HB 1237/02)
  • Adoption Search, Contact, and Reunion Services - Access to Records by Confidential Intermediary (HB 330/01)
  • Higher Education - Tuition Waiver - Faculty and Employees (HB 336/01)
  • Property Tax Credit - Community Associations (HB 671/00)
  • Family Law -Access to Birth and Adoption Records - Disclosure Veto (HB 1403/00)
  • Lawyers - Solicitation of Clients - Limited Prohibition on Targeted Communications (HB 562/98)
  • Adoption Search, Contact and Reunion Services and Access to Birth and Adoption Records (HB 214/98)
  • Juvenile Court Records - Access and Use for Pretrial Release (HB 53/97)
  • Juvenile Law - Drivers’ Licenses - Drinking or Possessing Intoxicating Beverages on School Premises (HB 236/96)

Frank has also co-sponsored over 350 plus bills over the past 16 years.