McCray-Sponsored “Fight for $15” Passes in Maryland Senate
#TeamMcCray’s signature piece of legislation this session, which will increase the minimum wage in our state to $15 per hour, has passed in the Maryland Senate.
For the many Maryland families who struggle to afford basic necessities and must confront tough decisions about working multiple minimum wage jobs, this pay increase could be the difference between being able to make rent or knowing that they’ll be able to afford groceries for the week. Fundamentally, this is legislation that supports working class families in the State of Maryland. I recently sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to talk about this—and other—legislation. You can view that segment here.
In addition to the “Fight for $15,” we also have another 11 bills that are currently pending in the Maryland General Assembly and have gained a lot of traction. A brief summary of each is included below:
- SB 33 – Prohibiting licensed home inspectors from making certain certifications relating to pests or electrical systems unless they possess the requisite level of training
- SB 39 – Requires a redistricting of police districts every 10 years
- SB 41—Requires the Office of Legislative Audits to conduct an audit of the Baltimore Police Department, as is the practice for every other state agency
- SB 43 – Allows the Baltimore Mayor and City Council to impose residency requirements for those police officers serving in leadership roles
- SB 81 – Requires the Baltimore Police Department to submit a report detailing how it has spent money received from grants provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention
- SB 116 – Expanding the “complete streets” program of the State Highway Association to ensure access to healthy food for those living in food deserts
- SB 218 – Establishing a process for the State to provide additional funding to supplement benefits received under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for children
- SB 280 – “Fight for $15”; Increasing the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour
- SB 481 – Creating a grant program to assist local school systems with costs associated with implementing remedial measures to address elevated levels of lead in drinking water
- SB 596 – Including mead within the definition of beer within the state’s alcoholic beverage laws
- SB 991 – Authorizing the Baltimore City Board of License Commissioners to issue a Class B-D-7 license if certain provisions are met
You also have probably heard about a proposal to create a police force for Johns Hopkins. This bill, Senate Bill 793, has garnered a significant amount of conversation in the legislature as well as in communities and among the news outlets. After attending a meeting in the 45th District about the issue, I dived into the specific policy language to make sure that issues raised by our community were addressed in any legislation that advanced through the Senate.
particular, I worked on issues concerning defined geographic boundaries, the
vetting of the accountability board, local hiring, a 10-year sunset provision,
restrictions on the ability to police adjacent communities, limits on the size
of the police force, and reporting requirements for the police force. I will
continue to be active in this process as the session continues.
Upcoming District Events
You’re invited to two 45th District events that will be taking place this week!
First, Wednesday, March 20 is “45th District Night” in Annapolis. We will have buses departing from four locations in Baltimore that will take constituents directly to the State House for an evening with myself and Delegates Glenn, Branch, and Smith.
Then on Saturday, March 23, the four of us will be hosting a “45th District Townhall Meeting” at 9:00 AM in the Rita Church Community Center at 2101 Saint Lo Drive in Baltimore.
We’ll be talking about community concerns in the district, our legislative priorities for the 2019 session, and any other concerns that come up. We’d love to have you join us for either—or both—of these conversations. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact my office directly: (410) 841-3165 or firstname.lastname@example.org
One More Thing…
Each year, members of the Maryland General Assembly award scholarships to students in their district who are (or will be) enrolled at an in-state undergraduate or graduate program. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Listening. Learning. Leading.
Senator, 45th Legislative District