After a few days over 90 degrees, I think summer has arrived in Maryland! My May was filled with community meetings and discussions of session, and June started off with an incredibly memorable day at Federal Hill Park for my third annual free Community Picnic in the Park. Breaking down invisible barriers between neighborhoods is a job I take seriously – my Community Picnic invites residents from all over the district (and City) to come together for an opportunity to learn about some great non-profits, meet elected officials, and enjoy some great food and good fun. This year’s picnic was hugely successful and very sunny!
After a demanding 90 days, the General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session has ended. From January 11th-April 10th, the General Assembly met to debate and pass bills that affect residents across the State, including the FY18 operating and capital budgets. I have continued to advocate for causes important to Baltimore, including more efficient and effective transportation, criminal justice reform, environmental issues, and support for Baltimore City and its schools. I am excited to share my third End of Session Report to keep you updated on my work in Annapolis this year.
Join me this June 4th at my Annual Community Picnic in the Park!
This will be my final Annapolis Dispatch before I send my End of Session Report after Sine Die (April 10) - hard to believe session is almost over. We’ve had a very busy few weeks and I know that things will become even more fast-paced over the next, final two weeks. (The picture to the right was taken when my four-year old son Teddy joined me for a few hours during our Saturday session last weekend - he comes every year at least once to see why his mom is so busy for 90 days each year!)
Today, Team 46 released an update on the progress of the negotiations with the developer of Cross Street Market and other stakeholders. See the update here.
Last week was a big week for Team Lierman: while the City weathered the brief snow storm, the House of Delegates voted on (and passed!) five of my bills. District support has been key, so I didn’t want to wait for the newsletter to share the wonderful update and thank all of you and all the advocates who have helped us advance this far. These bills still need to pass the Senate – but even getting out the House before the crossover deadline on Monday is a huge first step.
The General Assembly doesn’t stop for the snow, and on Tuesday the House voted in favor of my bill to ensure Legal Aid staff at District Court self-help centers continue to have health insurance coverage. HB 991 passed with overwhelming and bipartisan support (138-2).
March 17, 2017
March 12, 2017
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Art classes offer much more to students than simply the ability to draw or paint. During the rally for school funding in Annapolis, Maryland’s State Teacher of the Year - an art teacher from Baltimore City - explained the life skills and learning capacity that are developed in her art classes. She said that she gives students a toolkit to succeed not only in art class, but also in life.
February 27, 2017
Friends & Neighbors:
We are officially halfway through the 2017 session! Last week was a great week of action in Annapolis: starting with the Women’s Rally in Annapolis on Monday night highlighting a variety of legislation concerning women and family issues, and then great rallies for the Keep the Door Open Act (supporting mental health services) and a huge one on Thursday night in support of Baltimore City Public Schools! It was an exciting week and great to see so many Marylanders come out to show support for bills and issues they care about.
The last two weeks have been filled with bills, the budget, and Baltimore issues!