Week 9 of the 2019 MGA

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

Delegates Conaway, Mosby, Wells, and I look forward to seeing all of you in Annapolis on Monday evening (March 11, 2019) for 40th District Night in Annapolis!

Topics that have come before the Senate over the last few months and counting, include health care cost control, education reform, public safety, and criminal justice reform, among others. I'll be continuing to work to make sure the interests of the 40th District are well-represented in these debates, and that we uphold progressive values like fairness, equal opportunity, and economic justice for all.

I hope that you find this newsletter useful and informative, and I encourage you to continue to contact me about how you feel about local and state issues, as well as anything that I may do to better serve you.

As your State Senator, I’m here to make sure that our state government is working for you. If there’s anything we can help you with, I invite you to please contact my office. We’ll work to make sure your needs are responded to in a timely fashion.

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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Monday, March 11th!

 

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Join your 40th District Team of Delegate Frank Conaway Jr, Delegate Melissa Wells, and Delegate Nick Mosby as Senator Antonio Hayes hosts 40th District Night in Annapolis. This event will be held on Monday, March 11th from 6:00-8:00PM in the Miller Senate Building, President Conference Room West I & II. We will be discussing our legislative priorities while enjoying an evening of refreshments, networking, and engaging conversation.
Please note, transportation will be provided for this event and is available on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis at the Mondawmin Mall Parking Lot:
Buses will pick up and depart from the lot between TGI Fridays and the former Target.
Departure (from Baltimore): 4:30 pm
Buses will return to Mondawmin by: 8:45pm

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Full Committee Hearing in the Finance Committee for Senate Bill 500: Labor and Employment

- Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

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Senator Hayes Leads Efforts to Enforce Ban on the Sale of Loose Cigarettes
In a Thursday afternoon hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Antonio Hayes (District 40 – Baltimore City) detailed his legislation (Senate Bill 310) that would prohibit the sale of loose cigarettes in Baltimore City. The bill correspondingly authorizes tobacco enforcement officers of the Baltimore City Health Department to enforce the ban and specifies related protocols.
Joined by statewide and regional healthcare advocates, Hayes made clear the necessity of the legislation and the realities of circumstances in Baltimore City relating to tobacco sales. “Loose cigarettes are typically targeted to young people in the community and more so to communities of color,” said Hayes. He followed: “They (loose cigarettes) disproportionately impact inner-city communities of color.”
Read more of this article here.

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Strong Schools Maryland

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Strong Schools of Maryland consists of hundreds of grass-root activists who are dedicated to building a world-class education system for students across the state. I want to thank the young group of activists who shared their concerns and hopes for Maryland’s education with my staff members on Tuesday. To learn more about their tremendous efforts and how you can get involved click here.

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HBCU Night at Bowie State University

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The Legislative Black Caucus and Maryland HBCU's joined together at Bowie State University for an evening of networking, fellowship, and celebration. HBCU Night honored the academic, social, and societal impact that Historically Black Colleges and Universities have on our students and our state.

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Baltimore City State Senate Delegation

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To watch this week's meeting, click below:

Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Meeting - Marcn 7th

During the 2019 Legislative Session I, as Chairman of the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation, will be hosting weekly meetings every Thursday with my fellow Baltimore City senators. We are responsible for representing the interests, needs and concerns of the City of Baltimore in the Maryland General Assembly--and take this responsibility very seriously. Furthermore, every Thursday we meet to discuss current issues, listen to presentations from agencies, advocates and organizations citywide and hold bill hearings for legislation that directly effects our communities.

By a 3-2 vote, the city Senate delegation backed legislation authorizing the force after imposing limits on the areas officers can patrol and requiring a quarter of the 100 officers to live in the city, among other restrictions.

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Bmore Academic
Useful News and Tools to encourage academic success & college readiness

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Bmore Ready - Baltimore City’s Guide to College and Career Readiness

BMore Ready is one piece of a collective push – that includes greater access to Advanced Placement courses, college advising, FAFSA help, etc. – to increase readiness for college here in Baltimore. There hope is that City Schools students and families see the BMore Ready website as a valuable college and career readiness resource. Our goal is to get the word out by sharing information about BMore Ready with students and families. Please also follow BMore Ready on Twitter at @BMore_Ready and on Facebook at BMore Ready. If we spread the word, we can help every City Schools student who desires to attend college access the knowledge and resources to do so.

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What's New In Annapolis?

Maryland school funding legislation calls for $1 billion over two years to start meeting Kirwan goals

With the intention of improving Maryland’s school system, legislators have introduced a bill that would grant Maryland schools more than $1 billion dollars from state funding over the next two years. The proposed funding is a result of recommendations made by a board who studied ways to enhance Maryland’s school system.

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Preakness will remain at Pimlico at least through 2020 as owner seeks to ready Laurel 'super track'

The Preakness Stakes will remain at Pimlico Race Course at least through 2020 as the track’s owner seeks to ready a “super track” at Laurel Park that could host the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown in the future. The owner of the race and the 149-year-old Pimlico track said Wednesday that Laurel Park would not be ready to host the Preakness in 2020 — even if the General Assembly approved a change of venue. Read more here.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

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Baltimore Healthy Start presents the Community Resource Fair. This event is FREE and open to the public! They will be providing information on Health, Jobs, Housing and more! Click here.

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Attending companies include:
Better Engineering Mfg., Inc.
Diamond Resorts International
Johns Hopkins University
MDH/Springfield Hospital Center
P. Flanigan & Sons, Inc.
Ruppert Landscape
The Baltimore Sun
AND MORE
Date And Time
Wed, March 20, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Location
Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4 West University Parkway Baltimore, MD 21218

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Activism and Art: The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later October 18, 2018 - May 01, 2019
Weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Click here for more details about Kite Fest!