Robbyn’s Roundup: Week 6

This is my first newsletter of the 2021 “pandemic” Session – I’m finding it really hard to get things done lately. Maybe you’re feeling that way too. But I owe you some news, so here goes!

Session 2021

During the first month of session, we overrode the Governor’s vetoes and passed important bills to improve the lives of all Marylanders.

Everything from the Blueprint education funding to MARC Expansion and Prescription Drug Affordability is now law! Read more in this Baltimore Sun article.

Adapting to COVID-19

Despite COVID-19, your state legislature is working – with adaptations. The House of Delegates is mostly remote; we only go to Annapolis for floor votes. It feels a bit lonely – no visitors, no advocates, few staffers, but lots of biometric scanners & security. When not voting on the floor, I’m alone most of the time, at home, huddled over my laptop on non-stop zooms. Just like many of our kids, who are also stuck at home and trying to learn remotely. I think of them, remembering why I do this, and keep working.

We are remote, but all of our activity is public – visit the Maryland General Assembly’s website to watch all floor, committee and subcommittee meetings.

Legislation

This year, your state legislature is focused on a few big legislative priorities, all of which I support: COVID Relief, education funding and policing reform.

Delegate Lewis dropping a bill in the “hopper”

As for me, I sponsored seven bills, all focused on public health and transit, view list here

My focus remains on public health and transit. One bill is the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act HB548. This scales up the important work on trauma informed care that’s already happening here in Baltimore through the Healing Cities program. The hearing took place on February 9th and you can read more in my Washington Post op-ed.

Charm City Creates!

The third annual Baltimore City Delegation Night – Charm City Creates! was held on January 28th!

This virtual event celebrated Baltimore’s creators, makers, musicians and poets like Mecca Morphosis, Bailes de Mi Tierra, No Pix After Dark from every district!

Sincere thanks to our partners at Visit Baltimore who make this joyful event possible. Catch the event video here.

2021-22 Scholarship

Every year I offer scholarships to residents of District 46 who are pursuing a degree or certificate at an accredited institution in Maryland. Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are now being accepted! Please click here for a link to the online application.

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