Robbyn’s Round Up: Week 2

OK District 46, let’s talk politics!

We’re two weeks down, no time to play around! So much is happening this Session, here’s a quick update.

Check out the status of our legislative agenda. Education, health and transportation are my top priorities this session.

Please reach out any time with any questions, ideas and concerns. I am here because of you!

Education: The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Our kids can’t wait. Maryland’s future depends on educating every child, no matter their genetic code or zip code. The “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” is a once in a generation opportunity to ensure equity in our public education system. The Blueprint describes how we will fund our schools and reform education in a way that is sustainable and equitable.

With a $4 billion investment over the next decade will increase teacher salaries, provide career and technical education that prepares students for 21st-century jobs, and, most importantly, it will ensure additional support is given to all kids who need it.

Pictured Above: Delegate Robbyn Lewis with Volunteers from Strong Schools Maryland (Left to Right): Angela, Stephanie, and Lindsay.

On Tuesday, January 21, I met with constituents who are working tirelessly to secure funding for our schools.

Medical Debt

The Affordable Care Act is under federal threat, but here in Maryland, we are committed to protecting your healthcare and keeping costs down. This is why the Maryland Financial Assistance in Medical Debt Act of 2020 is one of my highest priorities of the year.

Over forty percent of working-age Americans have medical debt. Sixty-two percent of bankruptcy filers are driven to desperation by medical bills.

My proposal aims to protect Marylanders from insurmountable hospital bills, and reduce the likelihood of medical lawsuits. 

Gorgeous New Schools in Greektown & Brooklyn!

Over the past few years, I and my colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly have secured hundreds of millions of dollars to construct new school buildings in Baltimore. On January 4th, I was thrilled to attend ribbon-cuttings for two new beautiful new school buildings: Bay-Brook Elementary Middle School in Brooklyn and John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School in Greektown!

Pictured Above Left: Family entering John Ruhrah Elementary Miiddle School. Pictured Above Right: Delegate Robbyn Lewis with John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School Principal Mary Donnelly.

Both are community schools that offer wraparound services to provide extra support to students, families and communities, which reduces barriers to student success.

Census

The United States constituent requires a census—a complete count of every person living in the country—every 10 years. This is so important! Why? Because the federal government decides how much money to give to cities and states based on the number of people who live there. Do you care about education? Health care? Transportation? Public safety? Then get counted! Every person counted brings around $1,800 to their city and state.

My Team

Behind every great legislator is a great team! I’m so happy and proud of my legislative team in Annapolis—they make the magic happen!

Pictured Above (Left to Right): Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Gaby Feliciani, James McCallen.

Gaby Feliciani is my Legislative Director and right-hand woman—she keeps this train moving! Gaby provides technical support developing draft legislation, and also keeps all of my office communications, constituent services and operations under tight control.

James McCallen is my Health Policy Fellow this session. He is an MPH degree candidate at Johns Hopkins University and, like me, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer! He will provide technical support on a number of bills as well as our Pathway to Zero Waste Task Force.

Upcoming Events

Baltimore City Delegation Night – Charm City Creates

Thursday, January 30, 2020

5:30 PM -7:30 PM

Miller Conference Room West I & II

11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Please join the Baltimore City Delegation for the second annual Baltimore City Delegation Night – Charm City Creates. This event highlights the brilliant and beautiful creators in our city—artists, musicians, poets, painters and makers—from every corner, every community. Contact my office for more information.

Team 46 Town Hall

Saturday, February 22, 2019

11:30 AM -1:00 PM

National Federation for the Blind

200 E Wells St., Baltimore, MD 21230

Senate President Bill Ferguson, and Delegates Luke Clippinger, Brooke Lierman and Robbyn Lewis will hold their annual legislative briefing. Free and open to the public.

Click Here to RSVP

Delegate Scholarships

My office will be accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year from January 15, 2020 through April 15, 2020! Any high school senior, current college student or graduate student who lives in District 46 is eligible—Click Here to Apply!