As I begin serving in my third session of the General Assembly, check out this piece in the Washington Post, for which I was interviewed, on how we must take the momentum of this moment to build a new—and better—way forward.
MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION DURING COVID
I am holding virtual office hours, during which you can “stop by” to talk about legislation or other issues on your mind on Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11am. Please use this Zoom link to join. Of course, you can always schedule a time to speak with me or my staff or let me know what’s on your mind by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY LEGISLATION AND OTHER ISSUES THIS WEEK
Stopping Beltway Expansion: Many constituents have contacted my office about the Governor’s misguided plans to expand the Beltway. I will continue to advocate against the plans and have noted in previous newsletters the multiple reasons I oppose this project, including the overwhelmingly negative effects on our environment, equity, and other community impacts. My House colleagues and I will, again, work to pass bills to reform the State’s public-private partnership, and hold MDOT accountable to its promises, such as ensuring funds for public transit and that taxpayers are not subsidizing private companies. We passed this legislation through the House last year and need to make sure the Senate also passes it. In the meantime, we will continue other efforts to stop the Beltway widening project.
Finally, I encourage you all to take time on this coming Wednesday to celebrate the historic Inauguration of President Biden and Vice-President Harris. I was thrilled to join the Maryland Democratic Party, elected officials, and Democratic activists from across the state for a virtual Inaugural Ball this past weekend. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, and the frightening threats to our democratic institutions, we have much to celebrate in taking back the White House and the Senate. Let’s take a moment to celebrate and then get back to the urgent work of rebuilding our country, with justice and equity, to create a brighter future for us all.