In the course of its 90-day session this
year, the Maryland General Assembly considered 2,832 bills, an increase of
about 20% over 2015. While few survived the political grinder which requires
committee passage and three readings in each house to get to the Governor’s
desk, a number of bills relevant to the recycling and solid waste community made
the attempt and a handful passed. Click
here for a recap of the 2016 legislation.
Join us as Pam Kasemeyer, Managing Partner,
Schwartz, Metz & Wise, P.A. and Andrew Cassilly, Resource Conservation
Manager, Harford County Public Schools and Delegate to Maryland General
Assembly for District 35B (Cecil and Harford Counties) deliver an insider’s
view of the trek taken by a number of these bills and the implications for our
industry. The duo will also share their predictions for 2017 and look to the
audience for their perspective.
Bios: Pam Kasemeyer has
represented a variety of interests before the Maryland General Assembly and
regulatory agencies for more than 25 years. An acknowledged authority on
Maryland’s environmental and health care laws, she includes amongst her clients
dominant trade organizations and corporate interests in the solid waste,
energy, transportation, and health care sectors.
Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms.
Kasemeyer is a 1980 graduate of Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy
Studies. She received a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from
George Washington University in 1984. Before her graduation from the University
of Maryland Law School in 1993, she was President of Professional Practice
Consultants, a health care management consulting firm; served as the first
Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Health Maintenance
Organizations, and was the regional Corporate Development Director for a
national solid waste management company. In 1996, she joined Jay Schwartz,
forming Schwartz and Metz, P.A., a predecessor to the current firm.
current position as resource conservation manager, Andrew Cassilly has played a critical role in making HCPS more
eco-friendly and energy-efficient. He has developed a wide variety of
sustainable practices for the school system, including programs for single stream
recycling, commercial composting, furniture refurbishing, and a rebate
maximization program that resulted in over $200,000 in rebates for the school
system. Due to his efforts, Andrew was honored as “Innovator of the Year” by
the Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012.
In 2015, he
was elected to the Maryland General Assembly as Delegate for District 35B,
representing Harford and Cecil Counties. In addition to six other assignments,
he served on the House Environment and Transportation committee. Click
here to view his 2015 legislative activity.
A lifelong resident of Harford County, Andrew graduated from Bel Air High School in 1984. After graduation, Andrew enlisted in the 29th Light Infantry Division of the Army National Guard, then attended Millersville University in Pennsylvania with assistance from the GI bill. After college, Cassilly was hired as a certified manual arts therapist at the Perry Point VA Medical Center, working with retired veterans. One year later, Andrew started his career with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS), serving as a middle and high school teacher for the first nine years. Upon earning his master’s degree from Loyola University, Cassilly served as a school-based administrator at Fallston High School and later as a hearing officer for long-term suspensions in the student services department.