REMINDER: 40th District 2019 End of Session Forum

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REMINDER: The 40th District End of Session Forum is less than 1 week away !

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REMINDER: The 40th District End of Session Forum is less than 1 week away !
You are invited to the 40th District legislative team of Senator Antonio Hayes & Delegates Frank Conaway Jr, Nick Mosby, and Melissa Wells, as they host the 2019 40th District End of Session Forum on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 6:30-8 pm.

The forum will be held in the Gaare Auditorium (located in the Nursing Building) at BCCC Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215.
Come out to hear and discuss some of the highlights of this past legislative session in Annapolis. You will also get to hear some of the legislative successes of your state representatives in the Maryland General Assembly, and learn about upcoming events and initiatives underway throughout the 40th district.

You can still RSVP and Register by following the Eventbrite Link on the flyer. We hope you can join us!

Welcome to Week 12 !!!

 

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

This week, the Maryland General Assembly made it a priority to act quickly in overriding Gov. Hogan's vetoes of $15 minimum wage, the Comptroller's oversight bill, and legislation that would return authority to decide when to begin the academic year to local school districts. Please keep scrolling for more details.

As we approach the end of session, please be on the look out for our session overview newsletter that will be sent out on April 9th.

Transparency is the cornerstone of my service to you, our community, and our state. I hope that you find this newsletter useful and informative. Also, I encourage you to contact my office to let me know 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 (antonio.hayes@senate.state.md.us). We’ll work to make sure your needs are responded to in a timely fashion.

I thank you for your encouragement and support, and ensure you that I will continue working to make our district a better place to work, do business and raise families.

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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Habitat for Humanity 

"Some of our finest work comes through service to others."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

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Senator Antonio L. Hayes' Legislative Aide, Lora Mayo, presents congratulatory citations to six new homeowners in the 40th Legislative District. Homeowners were major stakeholders in the acquisition of their homes, working alongside Habitat for Humanity volunteers and making financial investments in their homes. These new homes will help rebuild and restore communities in our district.

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F.A.C.E. 1st Annual Community Festival - April 20th

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Freedom Advocates Celebrating Ex-Offenders (F.A.C.E) provides support service programs to recently released incarcerated adults which significantly helps alter their life course. Their program aims to help reduce relapse and recidivism vulnerability, and remove treatment barriers for individuals actively seeking recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.

Senator Antonio Hayes will be the Keynote Speaker at the 1st Annual FACE Community Festival on April 20th 2019, as they continue striving towards PEACE within Baltimore. Furthermore, this event is a collective effect and strategic approach for positive change which requires commitment, dedication and support. RSVP here.

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Visit Baltimore, along with the Department of General Services, BCRP brings back Ready, Set, Hire! annual career fair. With over 300 positions to fill, this event lessens the stress of job hunting by interviewing and qualifying applicants on-site, all in one day. Many of the applicants from last year’s inaugural event have maintained their positions and have been promoted throughout the BCRP system. Applicants are encouraged to apply to positions in advance at https://bit.ly/2EBwoo8.

When: March 30th, 2019 -- 9am to 4pm
Where: Rita R. Church Community Center
2101 Saint Lo Drive, 21213

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What's New In Annapolis?

Maryland General Assembly overrides Gov. Hogan's vetoes of $15 minimum wage, Comptroller's oversight bill and legislation that would return authority to decide when to begin the academic year to local school districts

Maryland’s General Assembly took swift action Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The override of the minimum wage bill was never in question and came by wide margins: 96-43 in the House of Delegates, followed by a 32-15 vote in the Senate. It takes 29 votes to override in the Senate and 85 in the House.

Lawmakers overrode a veto of a bill that strips State Comptroller Peter Franchot’s alcohol and tobacco enforcement authority, moving it to a new commission. In addition, the Senate also voted to override Hogan’s veto of the bill that would return authority to decide when to begin the academic year to local school districts — legislation that would undo the governor’s 2016 executive order mandating a post-Labor Day start. 

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

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Senatorial Scholarship!

There are scholarships available and are awarded by your Maryland State Senators and Delegates to residents of their legislative districts. Contact your legislative representatives for the preferred application procedures.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

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The Baltimore Engineering, Technology, and Security Clearance Career Fair

Monday, April 8th, 2019
Westin Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Lithicum Heights
Lithicum, MD 21090
10am to 2pm

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The Youth Works Job Fair is an opportunity for more than 400 pre-selected Baltimore City 14- & 15-year-olds to interview and find a summer job, and we need your help!
Volunteers will greet and coach youth as they prepare for interviews, help employers, work with parents, and facilitate event flow.
Volunteers are needed May 8th from 3:00 - 8:00 PM. The event is located at Baltimore City War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St. Please contact Claire Simon at csimon@oedworks.com for additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10 of the 2019 MGA

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

Thank you to all my family, friends and neighbors who joined us in Annapolis Monday night for our 40th District Night. It was a pleasure seeing familiar faces and connecting with you about key legislation and concerns back home.

I am grateful to have 5 bills already passed unanimously by the full Senate, and I am hoping to see votes on the remaining bills over the next few weeks. Please continue to scroll down to see the specific bills.

Transparency is the cornerstone of my service to you, our community and our state. Therefore, 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 (antonio.hayes@senate.state.md.us). We’ll work to make sure your needs are responded to in a timely fashion.

The people in this district are my top priority. I’d like to thank you for your encouragement and support, and I look forward to working to make our region a better place to work, do business and raise families.

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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Listed below are some pieces of legislation that are on their way to the House of Delegates after being passed as favorable in the State Senate! Five down and many more to go!

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40th District Night

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Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday for our annual 40th District night! A special thank you to Creative City Art students (pictured above) for their amazing musical performance and to Youth in Business for an inspiring presentation (pictured below). We had the pleasure of being joined by the President of the Baltimore City Council, Jack Young, as well as many other city councilman and legislators.

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Minority Business Night

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This Thursday, my colleagues and I hosted the Minority Business Night in Annapolis. This event allowed minority businesses to hear legislation impacting their businesses while learning about resources that are available to Maryland-based businesses. Furthermore, this was a great opportunity for minority businesses to build partnerships and equip themselves with valuable information. Thank you to all that joined us!

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Parents and students from James McHenry Elementary/Middle School and Steuart Hill Academic Academy visit with Senator Hayes as they advocate for Kirwan funding for schools. Two students at James McHenry — to the left of Senator Hayes — have created robots to aid elderly patients.

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The American Legion in recognition of its 100th Anniversary of Advocating for Veterans in times of war and peace, mentoring youth and providing services and programs.

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

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Next One Up - Transforming the lives of young men in Baltimore City by supporting and advancing their academic , athletic, and social development.

Next One Up (NOU) empowers ‘high-risk’ middle and high school students in Baltimore City by providing long term mentoring and coaching on the field and in the classroom. Their innovative approach pushes beyond the boundaries of typical programs to make a lasting difference in our students’ lives. Their goal is to ensure that middle school students find their way to a good high school where they can truly thrive, and that they successfully graduate on a clear path to college or career.

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 paid family leave bill provides economic security for caregivers

No one should have to choose between caring for family and economic security. That’s why the General Assembly should stand with working families and pass The Time to Care Act of 2019 (House Bill 341/Senate Bill 500).
Without paid family leave, elders are dying alone; parents are struggling to care for their newborns, and families are confronting financial crisis because they lose income while they take on caregiving responsibilities. With few exceptions workplaces do not provide workers with the support they need to handle unavoidable family challenges. Read more about my bill here.

Maryland Senate OKs bill that would boost minimum wage statewide to $15 per hour
The Maryland Senate approved a bill Thursday night that would gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, putting the measure one step closer. Debate in the Senate on Wednesday and Thursday fell along party lines with familiar points: Democrats argued that an increase in the wage is needed to help low-wage workers cover basic necessities, while Republicans said it would place a burden on businesses and chase jobs out of the state to lower-cost jurisdictions. 

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

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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!

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The Baltimore Engineering, Technology, and Security Clearance Career Fair

Monday, April 8th, 2019
Westin Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel
1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Lithicum Heights
Lithicum, MD 21090
10am to 2pm

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The Youth Works Job Fair    is an opportunity for more than 400 pre-selected Baltimore City 14- & 15-year-olds to interview and find a summer job, and we need your help!
Volunteers will greet and coach youth as they prepare for interviews, help employers, work with parents, and facilitate event flow.
Volunteers are needed May 8th from 3:00 - 8:00 PM. The event is located at Baltimore City War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St. Please contact Claire Simon at csimon@oedworks.com for additional information.

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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!

 

 

 

 

We made it to week 8!

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

It is an honor to serve you in the Senate! One of the most important responsibilities I have as your Senator is to update you on the work we are doing on your behalf. This newsletter serves as an update on the progress we have made in Annapolis and in Baltimore City for this week.

Please see below the 2019 Baltimore City Senate Delegation priorities to address crime and violence in Baltimore City along with preventive measures to address some root causes.

As always, please contact our office regarding concerns back home in Baltimore, or concerns about legislation here in Annapolis; we love to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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SAVE THE DATE!

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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): 4:45 pm
Buses will return to Mondawmin by: 8:45pm

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Happy Black History Month!

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

—Arthur Ashe,
champion tennis player and activist

This month we celebrated the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments African Americans have made to this nation and to the world. I know that I stand on the shoulders of so many greats who courageously fought and sacrificed for their dreams of living in a just, inclusive and equal society. We should make it our business to always take a stand for justice, equality and human rights.

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Full Committee Hearings

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This week I had full committee hearings for a total of 5 of 30 bills that I've sponsored. To read more visit MGA website.

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Bard Early Colleges - Baltimore City

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It was a pleasure running into the extraordinary students of Bard High School of the 40th District, who paid the Senate and the House of Delegates a visit this Thursday. Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Baltimore is a four-year public school that allows students to take a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. BHSEC students graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 Bard college credits and an associate's degree.

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BCCC Day in Annapolis

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students of BCCC spent the day in Annapolis for BCCC Recognition Day to meet with elected officials from both the Senate and the House.

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Thank you - Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison for joining us this Thursday!

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To watch this week's meeting, click below:

Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Meeting - Feb.28th

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.

This week we invited Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Acting Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to present before the delegation. Harrison described a variety of similar issues he has dealt with in his former city of New Orleans, which he said was once deemed the most troubled police department in the country. He informed the delegation of the many solutions he helped implement there as police superintendent and how they could be applied to Baltimore. Some of the priorities highlighted included: investing in technology, hiring more civilian employees to free up officers to spend more time on the street, and boosting retention. In addition to the administration's helpful presentation, the delegation held a bill hearing for multiple Baltimore City bills and voted on important legislation. Click the link above to watch!

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What's New In Annapolis?

House aiming to mandate funding for Maryland HBCUs

A hearing discussing the funding of Maryland’s HBCUs to be held between Governor Hogan and legislators Friday March 1st. If passed, the bill would award each of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities with more than 16 million dollars from the state budget. The universities will have full control on the use of the funds, most being delegated to faculty recruitment, scholarship, and course development.

Maryland House of Delegates approves bill to end tax sales on Baltimore homes with water bill debt

In a 138-0 vote, the Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation that prevents property owners from losing their home or church, over unpaid water bills. “It stops the archaic and predatory practice of taking people’s property over a water bill. There’s no other utility in the state that has the ability of doing that and I don’t think that Baltimore city should engage in that process,” said Delegate Mosby. The bill will now be heard in the Senate.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

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CAMP Grants

The City of Baltimore is now accepting proposals from non-profit organizations wishing to access Critical Area Management Program (CAMP) Offset monies. The CAMP Offset grant is being released to encourage existing and prospective grantees to come up with exciting ideas for projects that will improve quality of life and the health of our waterways in Baltimore by reducing storm water pollution; and conserving, protecting and increasing wildlife habitat. In average, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability awards funding to 5 to 8 non-profit organizations per grant cycle.
The award amounts range from $5,000 to $49,999 and the grant applications for the current cycle are due on March 15th, 2019 at 5:00pm. For more information please visit: https://www.baltimoresustainability.org/permits/critical-areas/offset-grants/

Baltimore City Vacant Lots Grant Funds:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has posted a grant called “Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns” (G3) grant and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability has given $49,000 for a portion of this grant for projects to green vacant lots in Baltimore in the Baltimore Green Network’s focus areas (Shipley Hill, Carrollton Ridge, Boyd-Booth, Druid Heights, Upton, Sandtown-Winchester, Harlem Park, Broadway East and South Clifton Lake) and the Violence Reduction Areas. Smaller grants are encouraged in order to award several grants with the $49,000. The deadline for the grant is March 7 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Knox at 410-396-5902.

Applications for Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Community Fellowships Program

are due March 11 at 5 p.m. OSI-Baltimore Fellowships were established in 1998 to assist individuals wishing to apply their education, life experiences, and professional experiences to serve underinvested communities. Fellowship awards are in the amount of $60,000 for a term of 18 months. The application is at: https://www.osibaltimore.org/fellowship-application/

Week 7

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

Sorry we're late; we usually deliver our e-newsletter on Friday. Session is in full throttle and we missed our date, due to illness. Now, we're back on track for this Friday.

Only 43 days left in the 2019 Legislative Session, we are more than halfway through with a ton of more work to do. It has been a busy week, although the pace of bill introductions have slowed, there has been a great deal of full committee hearings for many bills, including my own.

As we fight every single day in Annapolis for additional resources for Marylanders and specifically Baltimore City, it is not lost on us the tragedies experienced in our neighborhoods at home. Some would like to distract us and call on us to focus solely on punitive policy measures. We understand those policies are born out of fear and divisiveness which have torn apart families and communities for decades. We understand to move our communities forward, we are required to challenge the status quo and focus on the root causes that plague our communities. In the next 48hrs, we will share with you a collection of legislative initiatives sponsored by various legislators that seek to address the concerns of our families, friends and neighbors in Baltimore City.

Every week my team and I are met with numerous tasks and responsibilities to ensure that the interests, needs and concerns of our community are met and executed. It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring you this weekly newsletter as we aim to keep community engagement, transparency and communication at the forefront of our agenda. We hope it has been a great addition to your Fridays (Monday this week)!

Last week I had full committee hearings for a total of 8 of 30 bills that I've sponsored. To read more visit MGA website.

As always, please contact our office regarding concerns back home in Baltimore, or concerns about legislation here in Annapolis; we love to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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SAVE THE DATE!

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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): 4:45 pm
Buses will return to Mondawmin by: 8:45pm

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Happy Black History Month!
Please enjoy our weekly quote:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

—Harriet Tubman

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Empowerment Temple - Citations Presentation

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Leadership is the most important component in building a strong community. Among many other factors that go into making sure our communities thrive and become prosperous, great and effective leaders prove to be an indispensable element time and time again. Through their commitment and ability to bringing ideas and people together for the bettering of their community and quality of life--great leaders raise the bar. You don’t have to be an elected or appointed official to take a stand and become a leader in your community--you only have to be dedicated, passionate and committed to a greater cause. That is why it was of great pleasure to present awards of the highest honor to two great leaders in Baltimore City before my home church, Empowerment Temple. Lonnie Wayne Walker, the founder and CEO of the JOY Foundation and Jermaine Gibbs, world renowned photographer and activist--who are two outstanding leaders and the epitome of stellar public service & community leadership. They raise the bar by bringing others in to the fold and creating a culture of success, execution and camaraderie.

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Joint Vote with House of Delegates - Elect Maryland Treasurer for 4 Year Term, Tuesday Feb. 19th

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The Maryland General Assembly has re-elected Nancy Kopp to her fifth-term as state treasurer during a joint session with the House of Delegates. The honorable Nancy Kopp is only the second woman to hold this position and is the principal custodian of the State's cash deposits, monies from bond sales, and other securities and collateral and directs the investments of those assets.
The Treasurer's duties include maintaining an ongoing relationship with the rating agencies, conducting outreach with State Agencies, keeping legislators informed of the operations of the State Treasurer's Office, and serving on numerous boards and commissions including the Board of Public Works, the State's highest administrative council.
http://www.treasurer.state.md.us/about-the-treasurers-office.aspx
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-treasurer-election-20190219-story.html

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FOX 45 Interview, Feb.21st.

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
It was my pleasure addressing the importance of education and the investment in our youth with FOX 45, this Thursday. I had the opportunity to highlight the importance of giving our young students the best possible opportunity to succeed and how our resources and systems need to be reconstructed to fulfill that vision.
Stay tuned for the interview in next week's newsletter.

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Thank you - Baltimore City Community Action Partnership for discussing community services and strategies with our office.

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Baltimore City Community Action Partnership has been “helping people, improving lives and strengthening” communities in the City of Baltimore since 1984. It was our pleasure discussing and strategizing for our low-income communities in order to increase and improve community opportunities and resources.
The mission of the Baltimore City Community Action Partnership is to reduce poverty by offering opportunities for low-income households through education, financial empowerment, housing and energy services, food resources and capacity building.
https://human-services.baltimorecity.gov/community-action-partnerships/about

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Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Highlights:

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To watch this week's meeting, click here /Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Meeting - Feb.21st

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.
This week we invited the Baltimore City State's Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, Esq., to discuss her full term report while also addressing her call to support for combatting witness intimidation, greater public/private partnerships and investing in our youth. In addition to the State's Attorney's helpful presentation, the delegation held a bill hearing for multiple Baltimore City bills and voted on important legislation. Click the link above to watch!

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Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours in Annapolis

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Future Baltimore flagship partnership for West Baltimore has been nationally recognized for changing the health of the our community. This innovative partnership between Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours was one of ten national winners of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnership in 2018, recognizing exemplary partnerships between foundations and government that have been critical in transforming communities and improving lives. It was my pleasure meeting with their leadership and getting a renewed sense of the partnership's plans, operations and commitment to our community.

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Happy Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Day in Annapolis!

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What's New In Annapolis?


Maryland bill would aim to speed up demise of the Electoral College

In order to “make a move to the popular vote,” Senator Bill Ferguson is sponsoring a bill that could eventually lead to the end of the Electoral College. This bill would cause the electoral vote to go to the winner of the popular vote, rather than Maryland’s vote. In order for this to be implemented, a red state with the same number of Electoral College votes, must adopt the same legislation.

Maryland lawmakers consider raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21
Legislation to raise the purchasing of tobacco to 21 is being developed in Annapolis. Lawmakers believe that restricting access to those under 21 gives them the opportunity to (make sure) they understand the dangers of tobacco products before they (partake) in the use of the product.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE
CAMP Grants

The City of Baltimore is now accepting proposals from non-profit organizations wishing to access Critical Area Management Program (CAMP) Offset monies. The CAMP Offset grant is being released to encourage existing and prospective grantees to come up with exciting ideas for projects that will improve quality of life and the health of our waterways in Baltimore by reducing stormwater pollution; and conserving, protecting and increasing wildlife habitat. In average, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability awards funding to 5 to 8 non-profit organizations per grant cycle.
The award amounts range from $5,000 to $49,999 and the grant applications for the current cycle are due on March 15th, 2019 at 5:00pm. For more information please visit: https://www.baltimoresustainability.org/permits/critical-areas/offset-grants/

Baltimore City Vacant Lots Grant Funds:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has posted a grant called “Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns” (G3) grant and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability has given $49,000 for a portion of this grant for projects to green vacant lots in Baltimore in the Baltimore Green Network’s focus areas (Shipley Hill, Carrollton Ridge, Boyd-Booth, Druid Heights, Upton, Sandtown-Winchester, Harlem Park, Broadway East and South Clifton Lake) and the Violence Reduction Areas. Smaller grants are encouraged in order to award several grants with the $49,000. The deadline for the grant is March 7 at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Kim Knox at 410-396-5902.

Applications for Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Community Fellowships Program

are due March 11 at 5 p.m. OSI-Baltimore Fellowships were established in 1998 to assist individuals wishing to apply their education, life experiences, and professional experiences to serve underinvested communities. Fellowship awards are in the amount of $60,000 for a term of 18 months. The application is at: https://www.osibaltimore.org/fellowship-application/

Each year, up to 10 individuals are awarded a Baltimore Community Fellowship to implement innovative projects that seek to improve the circumstances and capacity of an underserved community in Baltimore City. Applicants may apply for a fellowship to work under the auspices of a nonprofit organization in Baltimore City, or to work independently. If you have questions regarding the application process for the OSI-Baltimore Community Fellowship Program, please call Katy Caldwell at (443) 909-7381.

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Week 5 of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session

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Greetings Friends & Neighbors,

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who joined us in Annapolis for Baltimore Day this past Monday. It was an amazing turn out and such an honor seeing so many of you as we celebrated our city’s resilience, vibrance and bright future ahead of us. It was a great way to start the 5th week of the 439th Legislative Session, as I was given the extra energy and inspiration to get right back to work on our communities priorities.

I had the privilege to introduce several new pieces of legislation since writing to you last week. We are focusing on BCCC spending by streamlining its procurement process, attacking the illegal sales of “loose cigarettes”, addressing transparency , granting the Baltimore City Inspector General certain authority over BPD and BPCS and other numerous pieces of legislation that are found directly on the MGA website. (link below)

Furthermore, I always enjoy visitors and guests in my office and this week we had the pleasure to welcome a special visit from the brilliant students of St. Francis Neighborhood Center. I was filled with joy and nostalgia while I listened to their intelligent questions, comments, aspirations and concerns regarding education and community concerns. Their passion and curiosity reminded me of myself when I was their age, discovering my purpose and developing my work ethic.

I greatly appreciate your support and will continue to work diligently for our district everyday--it is an honor to serve you. I hope you have enjoyed our weekly updates and to those who are receiving our weekly newsletter for the first time, Welcome!

Sincerely,
Senator Antonio Hayes

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Happy Black History Month!
Please enjoy our weekly quote:

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

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My New Bills!

Every bill that becomes a law starts with a drop in the “hopper.” This week I sponsored several additional pieces of legislation, bringing the total to 24 bills so far, not including our Legislative Bond Initiatives. The bills were "dropped" and have started their legislative journey!

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Senate Bills 253 & 254 are legislation relating to the procurement authority and the Major Information Technology Development Project Fund for Baltimore City Community College.Senate Bill 310 is legislation to attack the illegal sale of “loose cigarettes” in Baltimore City and to grant the Baltimore City Health Department the right to enforce the law and regulate the city’s sales.
Senate Bill 499 is legislation that will require the Baltimore Police Department to periodically report certain employment practices such as staffing of the Baltimore Police Department and striking a healthy balance of sworn vs civilian employees
Senate Bill 792 is legislation that is directly related to the CIAA’s conference in Baltimore, authorizing the Baltimore City Board of License Commissioners to issue a related event promoter's permit that promotes a social event around the same time and location as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament; requiring an applicant to take certain actions before being granted the related event promoter's permit.
Senate Bill 818 is legislation that provides the Baltimore City Office of the Inspector General to have certain authority over the Police Department of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools.

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Sandtown Safe Streets Team of Catholic Charities of Baltimore:

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Safe Streets is an evidence-based violence prevention and interruption program that works to reduce shootings and homicides in high violence areas, operated by Catholic Charities in collaboration with the Baltimore City Department of Health. It was an honor recognizing their great work and positive efforts to my Senate colleagues during Monday's session.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at Baltimore Day in Annapolis!

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I would like to thank all of you who joined us in Annapolis for Baltimore Day on Monday. It was an amazing turn out and such a pleasure meeting so many of you as we celebrated the bright future we have ahead of us!

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St. Francis Neighborhood Center

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Special thanks to the outstanding students and leaders at St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore for visiting my office and filling it with laughter & enthusiasm.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center is the oldest neighborhood center providing enrichment in all of Baltimore City! Their mission is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. Also, their presence has served as a resource and catalyst for improving the lives of those in Reservoir Hill and making Baltimore a better place since 1963. It was a pleasure meeting this special group of kids and listening to their bright questions & honest concerns about our community.

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Legislative Black Caucus Meets With Governor Hogan

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Each year the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus meets with the Governor to discuss our legislative priorities. This year, among the priorities we discussed the state's role as it relates to public safety in our communities. I invited Gov. Hogan and other legislative leaders in attendance to consider the systemic issues that are at the root of crime and violence.

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Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Highlights:

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To watch this week's meeting, click below:

Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Meeting - Feb.7th

During this Legislative Session, the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation will be meeting every Thursday in Annapolis. This week the delegation invited Dr. Seema D. Iyer, Director of Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance to present the Vital Signs Report. In addition, Tyrone Roper and Dedra Layne of Safe Streets were joined by Kenya Asli of the Grant and Contract Administration to discuss the 3.6 million that we've granted them for the fiscal year. We also had a bill hearing for two pieces of legislation that I am sponsoring that will help support Baltimore City Community College (SB253 & SB254) which were both passed as favorable.

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What's New In Annapolis?

911 service and cell towers on agenda for Maryland’s counties and towns

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As Maryland’s 911 service system has remained the same for the past 40 years, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is pushing to make improvements by adding text, video, data, and image features to 911 call centers. With the world's rapid advancement in technology, this development would make for a more effective and innovative system.

 

Gun control advocates push to ban build-your-own guns, expand background checks on private sales

“Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America” are advocating for even stricter gun laws in Maryland. Although Maryland enforces some of the strictest gun laws in America, members of this movement believe that the implementation of banning gun assembly kits, 3D printed guns, and the requirement of background checks when guns and rifles are being purchased from private business will allow Maryland to continue as leaders in gun control policies.

 

Johns Hopkins police force bill contains funding for youth programs, requires oversight from two boards

The bill — called the Community Safety and Strengthening Act — contains provisions that include requiring the state to provide $3.5 million for the city’s Children and Youth Fund and $1 million toward Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Youth Works summer jobs program. It also calls for the Hopkins police force to establish at least one Police Athletic League center in Baltimore to offer activities for youth.


Back in Baltimore

Black Engineers convention will return to Baltimore after 14 years

After a 14-year hiatus, Baltimore will be hosting the black engineers convention is 2024 and 2025. The convention is a wonderful opportunity for student, professionals, and interested parties to network, gather and explore the endless possibilities of this field. The seminar will host a career day and per-professional seminar, as well as an exploration of careers in STEM.


UMMC, fire department look to eliminate unnecessary ER visits with mobile care pilot in West Baltimore

In an attempt to increase health care services, decrease unnecessary hospital visits , and save money, The University of Maryland Medical Center(UMMC) and Baltimore City’s Fire Department have piloted a new program. The agencies use specially trained nurses, paramedics, and EMS to assess whether the patient needs emergency assistance or if their needs can be treated on-site. If the patient decides to accept the treatment, the service is free. In addition, the program offers aid to patients who were recently released from the hospital with a 30 day at home care plan where a medical team will educate and assist them with their transition.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE

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Youth can become a legislator for a day! Youth will learn about the power of advocacy and civic engagement.

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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/

Week 4 of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session!

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today we conclude week four of the 439th Legislative Session, and once again, I am so grateful to serve you on in the Maryland State Senate.

Since our last newsletter, I had the pleasure of hosting my neighbors, friends and community leaders at the University of Maryland BioPark for our 40th District Session Kick-off event. My colleagues and I had the privilege to connect with our district residents one-on-one while presenting our legislative priorities and upcoming agendas.

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to introduce two new bills this week--one will allow Baltimore City to crack down on the sales of unpackaged (loose) cigarettes, the other will be a catalyst for fair prescription drug health insurance coverage. For more in-depth details about each bill, please see links below.

Each week my team and I will keep you informed of the various legislative activities in Annapolis as well as upcoming events happening in our community. Enjoy this week's newsletter and see you on Monday at Baltimore Day!

 

Senator Antonio Hayes

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My New Bills!

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Every bill that becomes a law starts with a drop in the “hopper.” This week 2 more of my bills were "dropped" and have started their legislative journey!
SB0310:
Baltimore City - Unpackaged Cigarettes - Prohibition on Sale
SB0405:
Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Formulary Changes


Read more about bills I am sponsoring and co-sponsoring by clicking the link below!
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?stab=02&pid=sponpage&id=hayes02&tab=subject6&ys=2019RS

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Coppin State University, January 26th:

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"Figuring out how to succeed in college is vital to how you will move forward in life and in your desired career." - Senator Hayes gave an encouraging welcome to the new students of Coppin State University last Saturday morning during their spring orientation.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us last Saturday during our 40th District Session Kick-off!

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Thank you to all who attended the 40th District Session Kick-off event! The session allowed residents of the 40th District to receive a look into what our delegation plans to tackle during this year's session. A special thank you to the representatives from the Maryland State Retirement & Pension System, Maryland College Savings Plan, and Baltimore City Community College for partnering with us. We are committed to making our community outreach and engagement at the top of our agenda this session, therefore our team created a data analysis from the feedback we received from Saturday's meeting that will be posted in next week's newsletter.

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We would also like to thank Mayor Catherine Pugh, City Council President Jack Young and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for joining the delegation in keeping our community informed and in-touch.

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: Week Three of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session!

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today we conclude week three of the 439th Legislative Session, and once again, I am so grateful to serve you on in the Maryland State Senate.

Each week my team and I will keep you abreast of the various legislative activities and upcoming events happening in our community. So please be sure to scroll through these messages until you reach the bottom.

This week I introduced several pieces of legislation 1) To benefit Baltimore City Community College 2) To protect our citizens with Railroad Safety, and 3) To assist the Maryland Historic Society, a significant Institution in the 40th district. You should expect to hear tomorrow and the coming weeks about additional legislation I am proposing in the legislative session. In addition, your 40th District Team introduced several Legislative Bond Initiatives (LBI). Important to note in previous years legislators introduced bills often referred to as "Bond Bills." This is the inaugural year for LBIs, a new process established for legislators to secure capital funding for their legislative district.

I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow, along with the additional members of the 40th district delegation. Please see details below.

Senator Antonio Hayes

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TOMORROW:
40th District Overview

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Make sure to RSVP Here!

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My New Bills!

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Every bill that becomes a law starts with a drop in the “hopper.” This week 4 of my bills were "dropped" and have started their legislative journey!
SB0252: Railroad Company - Movement of Freight - Required Crew

SB0253: Major Information Technology Development Project Fund - Money Received by Baltimore City Community College - Exemption

SB0254: Baltimore City Community College - Procurement Authority

SB0255: Abandoned Property in Possession of a Museum

Read more about bills I am sponsoring and co-sponsoring by clicking the link below!
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?stab=02&pid=sponpage&id=hayes02&tab=subject6&ys=2019RS

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Finance Committee

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Since I've been appointed to the Finance Committee for this Legislative Session, I have been fully engaged in learning about new issues and legislation that affect our state. For the last 3 weeks, the committee and I have been participating in bill hearings and briefings; where we hear from state agencies, departments, labor unions, advocates and constituents on state issues that effect you the citizens of Maryland. It has been an honor being apart of this body and will continue to uphold this responsibility with dignity and integrity.

Every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee will host bill hearings:

To learn more about these bills and my committee's schedule, click here!
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=02&id=fin&tab=subject7&ys=2019RS

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Baltimore City Related Bills Update

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We're Live! This Thursday we live-streamed our delegation meeting for the first time! In case you missed it, no worries, you can still tune in by clicking the link below!

Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Meeting - Jan. 24th

During this Legislative Session, the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation will be meeting every Thursday in Annapolis. Yesterday, we began our weekly live-stream of our meetings. Watch every Thursday on the official Maryland General Assembly website. Also, in order to stay updated and receive the live-stream link, follow the delegation's new social media handles: Twitter @BmoreSenators Instagram: @BaltimoreSenators and Facebook: Baltimore City Senate Delegation

During this week's meeting we had our delegation bill hearing for the following bills:
SB33
SB39
SB41
SB42
SB43
SB81
SB96

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Staff Member Spotlight:

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Mrs. Lora Mayo is a retired Senior IT Program Manager, who complements the team with experience in IT, performance management and project management. She is charged with identifying opportunities to improve business processes, developing metrics and constituent engagement. She has a B.S. in Technology Management, University of Maryland, a M.S., in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified project manager, performance management and public manager. Mrs. Mayo has completed post graduate work at George Washington University in executive leadership and regional and public partnerships.

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Week Two of the 2019 MGA Legislative Session!

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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.

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2019 Martin Luther King Day Parade

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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.

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Finance Committee

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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!

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=02&id=fin&tab=subject7&ys=2019RS

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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.
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmLegislation.aspx?pid=legisnpage&tab=subject3
Be sure to enter "SB" and then the bill number.

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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__________

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Fight for $15 Press Conference
Monday, January 14th

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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.

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Fun Home Play, Baltimore Center Stage

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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.

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