We’ve recently met with representatives from Healthcare for the Homeless, Developmental Disabilities Advocates, Pediatric Dentists, etc. Pharmacy Students, Maryland Institute College of Art, etc.
Standing in Solidarity with Parkland Students
My colleagues and I wrote a letter in support of the student activists of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who are calling for common sense gun safety policies. These heartbreaking and senseless mass shootings are all too frequent. Dozens of members in the General Assembly have pledged to support and enact new laws to stop illegal gun sales and transfers, ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn guns into assault weapons, and allocate funding to evidence-based strategies to combat violence.
With only 35 days left in the legislative session, things are beginning to move at warp speed. So far, 11 of my bills have been heard in committee and I have a few more to go!
Fight for $15
Surrounded by my colleagues, council members, economists, business owners and more than 40 other advocates, I testified in support of HB 664, which would gradually increase Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023. Click to watch the press conference we held before the hearing. Raising the minimum wage is good for business as well as our working families. Research indicates that raising the minimum wage does not negatively affect businesses or the number of jobs available. This bill is about securing economic justice for more than 570,000 marylanders and improving our economy overall.
Another one of my bills heard this week, HB 1024, would allow state workers to enjoy the full benefits of the Contraceptive Equity Act -- a bill we passed in 2016 -- that, among other things, allows women to get up to 6 months of oral contraception at one time (with no copay). You can read more about my bill here in the Baltimore Sun.
Sexual Assault Kit Tracking - HB 1124
The Maryland Attorney General’s office, the State’s Attorneys Association, Maryland Hospital Association, Maryland State Police, MD Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and others support this bill to set up the framework for a sexual assault evidence kit tracking system and requiring an application to the feds for funding.
For-Profit College Accountability -- HB 1103
We want to make sure that for-profit schools are transparent to the students they’re recruiting. We also must make sure that when schools close, students get the assistance they need and/or the reimbursement they deserve. Read this Washington Post article to learn more.
While I’ve only highlighted a few of my bills heard this past week click here to see the full list of the bills I’ve introduced this session.
Sexual Harassment Workgroup
Last year, I was asked to serve on the Sexual Harassment Evaluation Committee of the Women’s Caucus to evaluate the sexual harassment reporting process within the General Assembly. Earlier last week our committee released a report including 22 proposed recommendations that include improving mandatory training for lawmakers, staff and lobbyists.
In the District
Board of Education Public Forum
On Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:30pm, Baltimore County residents are invited to provide input on the next BCPS Superintendent. The event will take place at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology and those unable to attend can submit comments online. The forum will also be live streamed. For more details and information on how to view the events live stream, please click here.
BCPS College Fairs
BCPS students and parents are invited to attend one of two countywide college fairs. The first will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 6 – 8 p.m. at CCBC Essex campus and the second will be held on Wednesday, March 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the CCBC Catonsville campus. Click here for a complete list of schools who will be in attendance.
At Your Finger Tips
Baltimore County has a new mobile app, BaltCoGo, that allows residents to access county services, report issues in their community, pay property taxes and more. The app is available to download on iPhones and Androids.
Do you know a student in need of financial assistance for higher education? If they are a resident of District 11 and are attending an in-state college or university, I welcome applications for my 2018-2019 school year Delegate scholarship. New applicants can click here to access an application. Students who have received a scholarship in the past can renew by clicking here.