Thank you for your support and your feedback throughout the legislative session. I am providing you with an overview of some key pieces of legislation from the 2019 legislative session. Unless otherwise noted, all bills listed passed in the General Assembly are awaiting the Governor’s signature.
Clean Energy Jobs Act
I am disappointed that we were not able to remove trash incineration from being subsidized as a source of clean energy. I co-sponsored a separate bill (HB961) specifically to remove subsidies for trash incineration, but this bill died in committee. I will continue to work to end these subsidies and develop more sustainable ways to reduce and address waste.
Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
Polystyrene and Chlorpyrifos Bans
I proudly voted to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that has been shown to have toxic effects on both people and wildlife. HB 275 passed in the House, but unfortunately was not approved by the Senate.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
Restorative Approaches in School Discipline
Students with Reading Difficulties
Minimum Wage – Fight for $15
Childcare Tax Expansion
Federal Shutdown Paycheck Protection Act
Prevailing Wage Rates
Ban the Box
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, PUBLIC SAFETY AND GUN SENSE
Decriminalization of Open Containers
Crisis Intervention Team Technical Assistance Center
Reducing Solitary Confinement
PROTECTING MARYLANDER’S HEALTH
Protecting the Affordable Care Act
Individual Market Stabilization Act
State Prescription Drug Benefits
Title X Family Planning
End of Life Option
CIVIL RIGHTS AND VOTER ACCESS
Gender Neutral Driver’s License
Correctional Facility Voting Coordinator
One of my priorities this session was to build a healthier food system in Maryland.
Farms and Families Fund
Healthy Food Access and Complete Streets
Local Food Task Force
BELTWAY AND 270
I know many of you join me in our concern about the Governor’s plan to widen 495 and 270. The proposal to use a public private partnership raises concerns about privatization of public goods, the long term fiscal risks to the state, the disastrous environmental effects, and the possibilities of losing homes and businesses in our community. I was proud to work with my colleagues on bills to require more accountability, transparency, and local control in this process. I was disappointed that House Bill 1091, a bill that would have brought financial oversight, moved through the House, but stalled in the Senate. I will continue to work with you to fight the Beltway widening.
As a Member of the House of Delegates, I am able to provide my constituents with academic scholarships. This scholarship is available to students who attend or are planning to attend a Maryland community college, a four-year university, or a graduate school during the 2019-2020 school year. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 14th, 2019. Awardees will be informed by June 15th, 2019. The application can be completed here.
I reflect on my first session proud of all our accomplishments and I look forward to getting more work done in upcoming sessions. I hope to have many opportunities to engage with you as I plan for next Session. I will be spending a lot of time in the District and encourage you to meet with me to discuss this session, to share your priorities and to share how I can better serve you. Please take note that my office will not be staffed 5 days per week during the interim. The best form of contact is via email at email@example.com. We will be checking our voicemail. Thank you again for putting your trust in me. It has truly been an honor to serve.