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/