April 23, 2018
This month I completed my fourth and final Legislative Session in Annapolis as your State Delegate. It has been an honor to spend my term furthering the interests of the 45th District. The past four years have been full of enacting meaningful and necessary legislation – but also, and more importantly, forming relationships with those whose lives will be affected by the work that is done at the State House. My team and I have always valued the constituent services we provide above all else and I am honored to have had the opportunity to meet and serve so many fellow neighbors in the 45th.
As we get closer to the primary election on June 26, I hope that I’ll have the opportunity to earn your vote – if I haven’t already – to be elected as your next State Senator.
Notes from Annapolis
I’m very proud of the legislative gains we’ve made over the past few months. Below, I’ve included a few highlights of this year’s legislative session:
Earned Sick Leave – HB 1 (2017)
This year’s session began with both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly acting to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This act requires companies with 15 or more employees to provide up to five days of earned sick leave annually. Companies that employ less than 15 employees will have to provide unpaid leave under the same conditions.
Ban the Box – HB 694 (2017)
The “Ban the Box” legislation prohibits colleges and universities in Maryland that receive state funds from asking about prospective students’ criminal history on their initial application for admission. This will allow all applicants, regardless of prior history, to have their application reviewed and considered on the merits.
School Construction Funding – HB 1783
HB 1783 invests up to $400 million in school construction on an annual basis, creates a $10 million annual grant for school safety improvements, requires an assessment of Maryland’s school facility inventory, streamlines the school construction project approval process, and removes partisan gamesmanship from school construction funding decisions.
Healthy Schools – SB 611
The Healthy School Facility Fund will provide up to an additional $30 million for vital HVAC projects in schools throughout the state. Up to $15 million of these funds are available for projects in Baltimore City’s public schools.
Firearms Restrictions for Domestic Abusers – HB 1646
This bill requires defendants convicted of domestic abuse to transfer all firearms under their ownership within 2 business days of their sentencing. Simply put, those with an abusive past will no longer be allowed to lawfully posses a dangerous firearm – and it will be easier for law enforcement to ensure that those with a proven record of violence are kept away from firearms.
Back in Baltimore
Could there be any better time to return full-time to the district than right around the start of this year’s Light City Baltimore? It is truly an awesome occasion to embrace all that our city has to offer. Amidst the festivities, I had the chance to stop by Darley Park to celebrate with the community. Thank you to everyone who’s come out over the past two weekends!
As session was wrapping up, we also received an endorsement from the SEIU Local 500. As you know, I have spent my time in public service dedicated to making Maryland a more equitable place, especially for hardworking families in Baltimore. If I’m fortunate enough to be elected to the State Senate, I’ll continue to be a voice for union employees throughout our state, leading the charge for a living wage and quality, affordable healthcare for all.
- Check out my op-ed for BMoreNews, where I discuss the need for new representation in the State Senate for Maryland’s 45th District
- Our official campaign video is continuing to generate hits on YouTube. Take a look here if you’d like to see why I’m running and why public service is so important to me and my family
One Last Thing…
The primary election will be here before you know it. We’ve had tremendous momentum from the moment we announced but we’ll need your help to carry it across the finish line. In addition to voting on June 26 (or during early voting: June 14-21), we ask that you show your support by showing off a lawn or window sign and/or sporting a bumper magnet on your car. It’s the easiest way for us to get the word out about the campaign. If you’re interested, we’ll arrange for one to be brought directly to you – all you have to do is fill out this form and we’ll take care of the rest!
Listening. Learning. Leading.
Delegate, 45th Legislative District