Week 7



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.

Senator Antonio Hayes




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



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


Empowerment Temple - Citations Presentation




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.


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


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.


FOX 45 Interview, Feb.21st.



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.


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



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.


Baltimore City State Senate Delegation Highlights:



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!


Kaiser Permanente and Bon Secours in Annapolis


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.


Happy Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Day in Annapolis!




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.


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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