Sen. Susan Lee Completes Productive 2017 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and was the Senate Lead Sponsor of the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. She is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator to the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis.

Senator Lee is the Deputy Majority Whip in the Senate; a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; member of the Safe Harbor Youth Victims of Human Trafficking Workgroup; Chair of the Maryland Legislative Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus; Co-chair of the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Subcommittee on Law, Policy & Legislation; and President Emeritus of the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly, Inc.

Among her accomplishments for the term were leading legislative efforts to:

  • Maintain our commitment to public schools
  • Pass a balanced budget that honored Maryland values
  • Stand up for Maryland against federal actions to defund vital programs
  • Fight elder abuse and child abuse
  • Protect domestic violence and human trafficking victims
  • Stop online identity theft
  • Fight drug price gouging
  • Increase transparency in Public Information Act requests
  • Allow over 700,000 Marylanders to earn sick leave (the Earned Sick Leave bill passed the Senate and Assembly but, unfortunately, was vetoed by the governor).

Susan is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist, and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland, as well as Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

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Sen. Susan Lee Starts 2017 Session

Senator Susan Lee

As the 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session gets underway in Annapolis, Senator Susan Lee sent the following message to her District 16 constituents,”Thank you for the honor and privilege of representing you in the Maryland State Senate. I had a productive 2016 Senate session, and look forward to another year of gains in education, pay equity, environmental protection, and other issues important to Maryland’s hard-working families. Please review the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Highlights to see how your state legislature is working for you, and please contact me if I can be of help to you and your neighbors.”

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Senator Lee Completes Productive 2015 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator to the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis.

During the 2015 legislative session in Annapolis, Senator Lee served as a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; and the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the Workgroup on Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, which were both created by two laws Senator Lee introduced and passed. The Council will build on the landmark, first-ever laws passed by the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence which she served and led as Co-Chair. The Council will not only provide legislative and policy recommendations for protecting Maryland against large scale cyber-attacks that can paralyze our government, economy and vital infrastructures, but also make Maryland the Epicenter of Cyber innovations and jobs, a knowledge base industry that will help the state globally compete and sustain its future.

Senator Lee also served as Co-Chair of the Nanobiotechnology Task Force and helped pass laws to assist biotech and IT small companies, including technology transfers and commercialization. During her tenure as Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force, she authored and passed significant, first ever laws to fight identity theft and online crimes.

Serving two terms as President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Senator Lee led efforts to pass an aggressive agenda of laws to economically empower minorities, women, children and immigrants, fight domestic violence and human trafficking, and reduce health care disparities. She co-authored and passed Maryland’s first ever Telemedicine laws to increase Telemedicine which has a track record of saving lives, increasing health care access and early diagnosis, improving outcomes and reducing health care costs and disparities, particularly in underserved communities.

In addition to help passing laws to advance excellence in education, a clean environment, health care access, greater procurement opportunities by minority and women owned small businesses, public safety, and mass transit, this 2015 Session, Senator Lee authored and passed laws to fight domestic violence, home invasions, identity theft, and financial crimes against the elderly and vulnerable adults; assist human trafficking victims break out of the cycle of human slavery and exploitation; help crime victims obtain DNA evidence information; allow transgender individuals to obtain birth certificates with their correct gender identity; and help promote cybersecurity, innovation, and jobs.

Senator Lee, who was one of the founders and the first Chairman of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland, is now spearheading efforts to create the Asian American and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Senator Lee is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland and Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

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Delegate Lee’s Bill to Fight Health Care and Health Care Identity Theft Passes

In April 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed an important and timely law to protect and fight against health care and health care information identity theft authored and introduced by Delegate Susan C. Lee (D-16) (HB 942) and by Senator Catherine Pugh in the Senate. Lee said, “The rise in theft, misuse and alteration of individual identifiable medical or health care information have resulted in countless citizens being exposed to a myriad of dangerous harm and damage, including being billed for medical services they did not receive; death or injury caused by altered information in their medical records; the denial or limiting of benefits by providers or insurers; drugs being incorrectly prescribed or purchased in their name; and debts appearing on their credit reports they did not incur. With the trend of health care providers fast moving toward electronic medical records, it is now easier to steal or alter those records on a larger scale.”

Along with cutting edge technologies that have enabled health care providers to render more effective medical treatments and services, there has been a surge in cyber attacks employing sophisticated techniques to steal, alter or misuse health care records for purposes of identity fraud. According to the Ponemon Institute, medical identity fraud impacted about 1.5 million Americans at a cost of $41.3 billion in 2012.

Co-Chaired by Delegate Lee and Senator Pugh, the Maryland Commission on Cyber Security Innovation and Excellence, which was created in 2011 to conduct a comprehensive overview and provide legislative and policy recommendations for addressing cyber attacks against our government and the private sector, strongly supported this legislation. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, and law enforcement from across Maryland also supported this legislation. Lee noted, “The law updates provisions in Maryland’s current identity fraud law by including certain health care information and services. With major advances and changes in technology, it is important that Maryland also move keep pace in providing greater protections to Marylanders against the damage and harm caused by this new type of identity fraud.”

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