Crossover is the “hump day” of the legislative session. Bills that pass by Crossover – which was March 22nd this year – are guaranteed a hearing in the opposite chamber. The House of Delegates passed so many important bills that crossed over to the Senate. I’m pleased that all but one of my bills made it, too.
Last Thursday I stood before my colleagues in the House to support HB16 – Dignity Not Detention Act, which would end existing ICE contracts with three county jails and prevent any future ICE prisons in our state. I spoke of Seňora Roxana Santos, who was racially profiled by police and then unconstitutionally detained in an ICE prison. Watch my statement during the bill’s proceedings (MGA House Floor Actions 3/18/2021, 2:30). We passed this bill, because it is the right thing to do.
Read more about immigration reform legislation here.
Of the 7 bills I introduced this year, 5 have passed in the House! I really regret that the Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act HB548 did not pass, but I was able to amend a different bill to include some parts of it. And I have not given up on my Racial Equity in Crash Reporting bill HB285 yet! It’s not over till Sine Die.
Check the status of my bills here.
Other Legislative Highlights
I am so proud of the work we’ve done in the House of Delegates this session. We passed bills to finally fund Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) (HB1), expand telehealth (HB123), promote health equity (HB78), support progressive police reform (HB670), reform the state’s unemployment insurance system (HB907, HB908, and more), create more tenant protections (HB18, HB1312, and more), establish Juneteenth as a state holiday (HB448), ban plastic bags (HB31) and more! Way too much for a single email. Of course, all House bills must pass the Senate, too, so a great deal of work remains.
Pandemic RELIEF for ALL Marylanders
Nearly 90,000 hardworking Marylanders pay taxes and contribute to our economy, but were excluded from any pandemic relief. Why? Because they have an Individual Identification Tax Number (ITIN) instead of a social security number. These folks are mostly immigrants – some documented and some not. But they are our friends, neighbors and family. They are frontline workers staffing our grocery stores and cleaning our hospitals – the people hardest hit by the pandemic. Besides, ITIN holders work and pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to our state, so deserve help like other Marylanders have received.
That’s why we passed SB218, an emergency bill to give ITIN holders access to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Finally, those who have borne the greatest burden during the pandemic will get relief for the first time.
Eligible people can now pre-register for a vaccine appointment at mass vaccination sites. Visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX.
To get a vaccine or more information:
- Call the Maryland Access Point hotline 410-396-CARE (2273)
- Sign up at coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov/covax
- Visit Baltimore City’s COVID-19 site: Coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov.
Livable Streets Meeting
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My office is still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year! The last day to submit a complete application is May 1st. 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.