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MTA Transportation Equity Hearings Starting Today

Last session I introduced the Transportation Equity Analyses and Assurances Act of 2021 to help build a more equitable transportation system in Maryland. Transportation plays a key role in employment, health, environment, and quality of life, and it’s important that Maryland’s transportation decisions are fair to all Marylanders regardless of race, income, or disability. Even though the bill didn’t pass, …

Equity in School Construction

Tuesday night, I testified at the Baltimore County Board of Education in support of the MYIPAS recommendations. Baltimore County has many aging schools, and the needs far exceed the funds available. Faced with this situation, Baltimore County, working with the Board of Education, hired an independent consultant, Cannon Design, to perform an analysis and make recommendations to help guide the …

Security Square Mall Public Input Meeting

IMPORTANT public input opportunity TOMORROW! One of the biggest concerns I hear from constituents is about Security Square Mall. Although the mall is not in District 44B, our communities border on the mall, so 44B residents, including me, are rightly concerned about the current condition and future development of the mall property. I’m committed to helping to revitalize the mall, …

COVID-19 Update for August, 2021

Neighbors, As you may know, a new State of Emergency in Baltimore County was issued yesterday by County Executive Johnny Olszewski due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. We have seen over 1,500 new cases in the past two weeks alone. This number should be a stark reminder for everyone to not only follow federal, state, and local masking …

Wrap-Up of the 2021 Legislative Session

Happy Spring! Amidst more and more Marylanders receiving shots in arms and flowers starting to reach out the ground towards the sky, things feel more hopeful than when the year began.  As you know, this legislative session was truly unique. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything from committee hearings to witness testimony to town hall meetings were virtual …

RELIEF Act

On Friday, the Maryland General Assembly passed the RELIEF Act, and the governor signed it on Monday. As its name suggestions, the RELIEF Act provides $1.5 billion in much needed relief for individuals, families, and businesses suffering from the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provisions of the RELIEF Act include: Direct stimulus payments of up to $500 for Marylanders …

COVID Vaccine Update

Maryland is currently in Phase 1B and will begin 1C on January 25th. Also beginning next week, Wal-Mart and Giant Foods will provide vaccinations to those who are eligible in certain locations throughout Maryland. Contact the Wal-Mart or Giant Foods locations listed for more information. Baltimore County is set to vaccinate another 8,000 residents this week and begin vaccinating educators …

COVID-19 Maryland Vaccine Update

Governor Larry Hogan announced new updates on the COVID-19 vaccine at yesterday’s press conference. Here are the main takeaways for your reference: Phase 1B will officially begin January 18 Maryland residents who are 75 years and older; Marylanders in assisted living, independent living, developmental disabilities or behavioral health group homes, and other congregate facilities; high-risk incarcerated individuals; continuity of government …

Maryland COVID Phone Alerts

To help fight the spread of COVID-19, Maryland has a new option that you can enable to get alerts on your phone if you’ve been exposed to someone with the virus. The app has been designed with care to protect your privacy. No location information is tracked or stored, and you are never personally identified. Instead, the app generates frequently …

Thanksgiving 2020: Stay Safe

Time for some real talk, friends. Thanksgiving is an important holiday in my family. Every year we gather at my husband’s parents’ house on Thanksgiving Day. Like many families, we divvy up the cooking and everyone brings something, and we stuff ourselves and enjoy being together. In my husband’s family, Thanksgiving is in some ways a bigger holiday than Christmas. …