Robbyn’s Roundup, Week 8

Working hard for you!

 As I write, there are 39 days remaining in the 2021 session – time is flying! Here’s my latest round up!  

COVID-19 Vaccines

Every Marylander has a right to receive the COVID vaccine. Folks in Baltimore especially, because we have been hit harder than most. If you want to get vaccinated, here’s where to start: 

  • Visit Baltimore City Health Department’s Covid-19 vaccine page 
  • Call Baltimore City Maryland Access Point (MAP) Hotline at 410-396-2273
  • Contact your primary care physician

A new mass vaccination site has opened this week at the Baltimore Convention Center. They will focus on residents who live in the most affected zip codes. Visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 855-MD-GOVAX to request an appointment. 

You can learn more here: WBAL TV11 Article

Legislation

My bills are moving right along!

My first bill of the session has passed! HB107 which will allow retailers to put over the counter medications in vending machines has passed both the House and Senate, and is on its way to becoming law! HB547 which expands dental care to adults who have Medicaid just passed the House 130 – 0. Common sense! Both of these bills will increase access to health care, which is so important during this pandemic.

Upcoming Hearings

Ok guys, here we go again, trying to improve transit! On March 11th, my two most important, hard fought transit bills will be heard in the Environment & Transportation Committee.

Delegate Lewis taking the bus on the Fayette Street Dedicated Bus Lane

HB284 Dedicated Bus Lane Enforcement bill and HB226 Complete Streets Funding will go a long way to improving the quality of city bus service, and will also make our streets safer for pedestrians.

You can watch the live stream or recording of the hearings on YouTube

Livable Streets Update

About two years ago, I started getting complaints about dangerous traffic conditions around Fayette Street. After talking with affected residents, school leaders, Baltimore City Department of Transportation and others, I pulled everyone together to figure out solutions. We created the Livable Streets Coalition, a network of folks who want to make our communities healthier and easier to walk in.

Since then, the Coalition has mapped problem intersections, held walking audits, and begun to plan projects to improve walkability. We are lucky to have Kate Mieth, an MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, to lead the Coalition for the next few months!

To get involved, please visit the Livable Streets Coalition website or Facebook group, or sign up here!

State Relief in Maryland!

On February 12th, we passed the RELIEF Act to help Marylanders by: 

Read this one pager and visit the Maryland Comptroller’s website to learn more.

Delegate Lewis packing food at Highlandtown E/M, May 2020

More relief is still needed, specifically for Marylanders who hold ITIN numbers. We are working on this! Stay tuned.

Read more here: Maryland Matters Article

2021-22 Scholarships

My office is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year through May 1, 2021! Any high school senior, current college student or graduate student who lives in District 46 is eligible Please click here for a link to the online application.

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