Last Thursday, the Environment & Transportation Committee held a hearing on my bill to create a board of directors for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), House Bill 546. I introduced HB 546 to start a conversation – and hopefully make some big changes – about how to ensure that the MTA is a high-performing state agency. Efficient, effective, and reliable public transportation is imperative to ensure that Baltimore and Maryland are attracting and keeping employers, millennials and others who want to be car-free, and to connecting our neighborhoods and towns.
Today, Senator Ferguson, Delegate Hammen and I hosted a Budget Town Hall for our constituents and all those interested in learning about the FY2016 budget. I was blown away by the turnout! Nearly 100 people braved the snowy forecast to join us for a discussion on this year's budget and its implications for our City, for our communities, and for our schools. We began with an overview of the budget process, talked about the structural deficit, and then moved into issue areas. Del. Hammen covered health care issues and cuts to physician payments and prenatal care, Sen.
I’m writing on a chilly Friday morning instead of this coming Monday so I can urge all of you in Baltimore to attend our District 46 Budget Town Hall tomorrow, February 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Du Burns Arena in Canton. You can read more information and RSVP online here. Please join us!
It’s only Sunday, but already last week is a blur! Between meetings with advocates and constituents, to sessions on the House floor, to Appropriation hearings, my days go by so fast!
I was happy to attend the press conference on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, HB 385. This bill requires an employer with more than nine employees to have a sick and safe leave policy under which an employee earns at least 1 hour of paid leave for every 30 hours an employee works up to 7 days a year.
It's hard to believe we are already entering the third week of session. Each week seems busier than the last! No sooner had I settled into my office than the General Assembly session began full steam with bill requests, advocacy days, and committee briefings. Rightfully so – we have less than 90 days to approve a budget and pass laws for this year.
At the end of the first week of the 2015 General Assembly Session, and on the eve of our State’s gubernatorial inauguration, I am taking a quick moment to reflect on what was an incredible experience it was to be sworn in as a Delegate for the 46th District in the 435th Session of the Maryland General Assembly. I was absolutely thrilled to share my swearing-in experience with parents, husband, and son, and I am hugely appreciative of all the supportive emails, calls, and Facebook posts from friends and constituents. Now, after the opening day excitement, I am finally beginning my work as a legislator.
I am so excited to let you know that today I was sworn in as a Delegate representing Maryland's 46th District! I would not have made it here without you, and I look forward to working with you during my first term to do all we can to build strong, safe & green neighborhoods, schools worthy of our amazing children, housing available for all our resisdents, and strong and growing small businesses throughout our City and State.
Next week, on January 14, I will be sworn in as a first-term Delegate representing Maryland's 46th District. Since November 4th, along with many of my new colleagues (there are 58 new Delegates this year!), I have participated in several orientation sessions to help ease the transition into our new roles as elected officials. One thing I have learned is that I have so much left to learn. During this session, with a House full of new members and a new Governor, everyone will be building new relationships, learning about how to accomplish goals, and laying the groundwork for long-term legislative priorities.