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We're Going to Miss You, Jane

Jane_lawton_3 written by Kim Coble, CBF Maryland Executive Director

The environment and the Bay lost a good friend last week.

Delegate Jane Lawton (MD - District 18) died on Thursday, November 29.  Jane was a member of the Environmental Matters Committee, which is where I had the distinct pleasure of working with her on a number of important environmental bills. Jane was passionate about protecting the environment and truly made a difference.  She was the lead sponsor of the Stormwater Bill in 2006--a bill that will help reduce polluted stormwater runoff from new development. There is no doubt, Maryland's waters will be better because of Jane's efforts.

Jane was always someone we could count on to give us honest feedback and valuable input. She was the type of bill sponsor you dream of. She learned the issue, worked hard and was politically savvy.

It is difficult to think of Jane as gone. She was always full of energy and smiles.

I was very touched when I heard that Jane's family asked that contributions be made in her memory to CBF and to the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program. This is an honor that is hard to describe. Jane committed a lifetime to public service, working at various levels of government and on a variety of issues. The decision to support these two organizations is a tribute to her commitment to her constituents and their quality of life. All you need to do is read the condolences and memories that have been posted to her website and to the Maryland Politics Watch blog to understand what a wonderful woman we have lost. It's fitting that someone who cared so deeply during her life will continue to help those she served even after her death.

I will miss Jane personally and professionally. She was a friend to me and to the Bay. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Contributions in memory of Jane can be made to:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
To the Jane Lawton Memorial Fund
Online at www.cbf.org
or by mail to
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Montgomery County Abused Persons Program
(Emergency assistance for domestic violence victims)
1301 Piccard Drive
Suite 1400
Rockville, MD 20850
Write on memo line "Jane Lawton Memorial Fund"

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