County Executive Ball gives a very good overview of the history of the ICE contract in Howard County and how in recent time, the contract was adjusted, and now it will be ended in 60 days. Immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility and should remain so. twitter.com/hocogov/status…
Crossover Saturday in the Maryland House of Delegates. Still using the annex to house 1/2 the members. The Speaker’s staff has done a terrific job managing all of the logistics - not an easy task! #mdga21#working4md
Yes, I support my colleague 100% in her thoughtful and intelligent response to ongoing disparagement by a member of our committee. “Del. Lily Qi: Racist and Sexist Remarks Have No Place in Legislative Discourse – Maryland Matters” #mga21#working4mdmarylandmatters.org/2021/03/19/del…
Goodbye black liquor. HB 875 removes black liquor from Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard. Black liquor is a by-product of paper mills and a caustic polluter that makes its way into our waters. We were actually subsidizing other state’s black liquor. #mga21#working4md
HB517 a bill sponsored by @katiefryhester and me passed the House last night. It will enable property owners to participate in a government loan program for resiliency and/or remediation improvements on their properties. Help for #EllicottCity and more #mga21#working4md
HB 12 passed the House tonight in a near unanimous, bipartisan vote. The bill will help the restaurant industry by allowing customers to purchase carry out alcohol with prepared food. It will take restaurants 2-3 years to make up losses from the pandemic, & this will help.
Ellicott City is one of the most diverse communities in MD Our AAPI community members are tremendously valued & play a integral part in our culture, economic growth, and quality of life. Join me in standing in support of our AAPI community and eradicating bias and hate.
That’s my Chair, Del Dereck Davis, defending HB 875 on the floor which removes black liquor from the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. We need clean energy, not just renewable energy. #EconomicMatters#mga21#working4md
The State has implemented several Mass Vaccine sites to administer vaccines to all residents who qualify under Phase 1A, 1B, and 1C. As there continues to be limited vaccine supply provided to the County, we encourage residents to register or pre-register with one of these sites.
• Studies have linked health disparities to racial bias, healthcare access and lack of economic resources. The data consistently show growing health disparities in minority communities, and implicit bias perpetuates these disparities. #working4md#mga21#Equity
The House passed the Unemployment Insurance Reform Package which will get relief to Marylanders who need it most, when they need it the most. Requiring BIG improvements in state’s response. #mga21#working4md
HB 670 will require implicit bias training and testing for police officers. As chair of the workgroup, @VAtterbeary made sure this was included and it’s incredibly important in the effort to eliminate bias in law enforcement. #working4md#mga21
Heading into 4th hour of voting session in Economic Matters making sure we get legislation right to improve state’s unemployment insurance. It’s not too much to ask that new claims be processed within 21 days. Good work @LCharkoudian & Del Ned Carey. #working4md#mga21
The House passed HB1048 to make voting easier and more convenient by creating a permanent mail-in ballot option. Marylanders who want to vote by mail in future elections will not need to request a ballot for every election. #mdga21#working4md
Great news for Environmental Reform!
The House passed HB30 to ensure that climate change is part of the conversation when energy and utility regulations are considered at the Public Service Commission. #mdga21#working4MD
With HB 1048, you could sign up for a permanent absentee (mail in) ballot list. Many states already do this as a convenience for voters, seniors, those with mobility issues. @JheanelleW explains on the floor. #working4md#mga21
We had unscheduled break on floor this am. Here with @ElectWells and @reginatboyce wondering why electric charging stations as an option in new homes has become a huge debate with our friends across the aisle? Stay tuned. #mdga21#crazymaskday
I like the bill be debated right now brought by @BC4MD to make sure that district reps are elected by members of their district. Whether it’s county govt, or board of educations, a district should determine who represents them. @JheanelleW is the floor leader. #working4md#mga21
To very low income families that will not get relief checks through the Maryland COVID relief bill. In a world wide pandemic causing untold suffering, this is an important tool to provide assistance to low income taxpayers left out of other relief. #working4md#mga21
Workers in our state. The data shows that the funds gained because of these tax credits in low income families is spent in the local economy with local businesses, therefore helping small businesses also struggling during COVID. This is a bill that provides some COVID relief
Also includes domestic violence survivors and others awaiting asylum. It includes green card holders and immigrants of a variety of statuses. The common thread: They ALL pay Maryland taxes, they all are of VERY LOW income, impacted by COVID, and many/most are essential
I voted for a bill today that temporarily extends a child and earned income tax credit to Marylanders who pay taxes with an ITIN. (SB 218) This includes U.S. citizens and children who are U.S. citizens but file on an ITIN because one parent is an immigrant. It
Rather pleasant on Main Street, Annapolis tonight....full moon, heat lamps, and flags providing a colorful backdrop for dinner with @guyton42b Almost as colorful as the debate on the house floor today. #mga21