Week Two of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session!

Week Two of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session!


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we enter week three of the 2019 Legislative Session, my focus continues to be on finalizing the bills I'm sponsoring, considering and voting on bills in the Finance Committee and working tirelessly on behalf of my district to get things done. I hope you all had a happy and memorable Martin Luther King's Day, and that this holiday reminds us of the importance in service, community and resilience.

Please read on for details on my bills, important legislation, upcoming events, opportunities to get involved and helpful information.


2019 Martin Luther King Day Parade


Yesterday alongside my fellow brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., I joined Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts to celebrate the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in our great City of Baltimore. It is a great honor and an inspiration to participate in this memorable parade year after year and to remember a transformative leader, role model and hero, the late Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King, Jr. once said, ''Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.''

This quote resonates with my own dedication and commitment to being the voice of change and justice for our community. It is my duty as a public servant to carry Dr. King's legacy of selflessness, service and resilience for as long as I serve.


Finance Committee


As I announced in last week's newsletter, I was appointed to the Finance Committee for this year's legislative session. This session my committee will be responsible for hearing 40 bills; which can all be found on the MGA website (link below).

This week on Wednesday, January 23th, a full committee bill hearing will take place for the following Senate Bills:
SB11: Distressed Counties - References and Definitions
SB12: Capital Projects - Inclusion of Public Art
SB45: Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Authorization to Settle - Clarification
SB46: Long-Term Care Insurance - Contingent Benefit Upon Lapse - Application
On Thursday, January 24th, we will be holding a bill hearing for the following Senate Bills shortly after our Fiscal Briefing and Sunset Review of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program:
SB21: Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - State Occupational Mechanical Licensing Boards' Fund - Elevator Safety Review Board
SB64: Maryland School for the Deaf - Employees - Annual and Personal Leave
SB66: Labor and Employment - Occupational Safety and Health - Enforcement of Regulations
SB75: Juvenile Services Education Program - Employees - Employment Contracts and Leave

To learn more about these bills and my committee's schedule, click the link below!



Baltimore City Related Bills Update

This week we introduced Senate Bill 96 & will be discussing the following bills more in-depth during our weekly Baltimore City State Senate Delegation meetings that are held every Thursday.
SB33: Baltimore City - Home Inspectors - Residential Rental Inspections
SB39: Baltimore City - Police Districts - Redistricting
SB41: Office of Legislative Audits - Audits of Baltimore Police Department
SB42: Baltimore City - Fines, Fees, and Other Monetary Payments - Methods of Payment
SB43: Baltimore City - At Will Supervisory Members of the Police Department Residency Requirement
SB81: Baltimore City - Police Department - Reports on Funds
SB96 (Cross-filed) : Baltimore City - Tax Sales of Real Property - Water Liens (Water Taxpayer Protection Act of 2019)

For more information, feel free to follow the link below for a full summary on each one.
Be sure to enter "SB" and then the bill number.




On January 26th, along with the 40th District delegates, I will be hosting the 2019 40th District Pre-Session Overview. Join us to hear about the issues coming before the 2019 Maryland General Assembly that affect our community. You’ll also learn more about ways you can stay engaged.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-40th-district-pre-session-overview-tickets-54999685540__________


Fight for $15 Press Conference
Monday, January 14th


Maryland lawmakers, business owners, workers and activists held a press conference this Monday, January 14th, inside the House of Delegates in support of raising Maryland’s minimum hourly wage to $15. It has been an on-going discussion on how we will implement the wage increase by 2023. We intend to work hard to bring the legislation to the forefront of this session’s priorities.


Fun Home Play, Baltimore Center Stage


Summary: Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison—aged 9, 17, and then 42—we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes unreliable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison’s coming out. Based on Bechdel’s own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline, or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride.


This past Sunday, January 21st @ 11:30 AM on WBAL-TV and 10:30 PM on MeTV -- Delegate Nicki Mosby and I discussed our legislative priorities and how we, as a collective, intend to get things done on behalf of the 40th district.


MDDC Credit Union Association, Assistance for those effected by the government shut down


If any of my constituents need assistance in regards to the current government shutdown, you should not hesitate to contact your credit union to find out what help is available and what special programs will best serve your specific situation.
visit mddccua.org for more information.


Baltimore Day in Annapolis, Feb. 4th

Mayor Pugh will be joined by our Baltimore City State Delegation and City Agency Directors. Delegation Members will be available to discuss funding and local legislative efforts for the 2019 Session.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s second inaugural address took place on Wednesday

"Let’s repudiate the debilitating politics practiced elsewhere — including just down the road in Washington." — Gov. Larry Hogan




Feb. 14th, 8:15am - 2pm
Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state.

for more information, please visit: https://mdarts.org/events/maryland-arts-day/