2018 End of Session Letter
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In 2014 you elected me to serve and represent your interests. I truly value and appreciate your trust in me to represent District 44B in Annapolis. While national politics may not always produce the results that we wish, I strongly believe it is still important to ensure that state government is working for all Marylanders. As I represent you in Annapolis, I am working for a more prosperous district and state.
The 2018 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly has just concluded. This was a busy session and I sponsored and supported significant legislation that will improve the lives of Marylanders. I was the primary sponsor on a total of 21 bills this session which were introduced to improve the lives of citizens within our district and across the state. A number of the ideas for bills I sponsored came from conversations I had with some of you after the 2017 session. The themes of these bills can be summed up into four categories: Protection of Individual Rights, Consumer Protections, Juvenile Law, and Education. Below is a brief summary.
2017 End of Session Letter
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
The 2017 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly has just concluded and while some things my colleagues and I worked to accomplish fell short, I would describe this session as successful in many other ways. At the beginning of the session, I was appointed Chair of the Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee, thus a member of the leadership of the Judiciary Committee and the Maryland House of Delegates.
As your delegate, I have an opportunity to help address individual concerns every day. In fact, much of our work done is focused on constituent services. During session, as well as when session is adjourned, much of our time is devoted to responding to your emails, telephone calls, and letters that express concerns regarding legislation, personal matters, and issues in the community. By way of example, my office was successful in responding to a constituent request to have a new bus shelter and bench installed at a bus stop on Ingleside in Catonsville. In addition, we have worked with a variety of state agencies to address constituent concerns like street racing on I-70, storm drain backups, trash dumping, MTA bus service, grass cutting along Route 40, and the maintenance of Western Star Cemetery. Raising these concerns have helped me to help you address our community’s needs and this has been extremely helpful. I do not take any of this for granted.
2016 End of Session Letter
Dear Friend and Constituent,
The Maryland General Assembly 2016 Legislative Session has concluded and I wanted to take the opportunity to share what has transpired since our last session. I want to thank each of you for your phone calls, emails and personal visits to share with me what's important to you. It is through our communications that I know what is important to you. I truly appreciate the trust you have placed in me to represent you in Annapolis.
Since last session, I was appointed to the Commission Regarding the Implementation and Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers and to the National Conference of State Legislatures' Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Additionally, I traveled to San Francisco during the fall of 2015, as a member of the Maryland Delegation for the National Conference of State Legislatures/ National Center State Courts' "Juvenile Justice Reform State Teams' Meeting" with Senator Delores G. Kelley, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Court Administrator Pamela Harris, and Department of Juvenile Services Secretary Sam Abid. Each of these experiences informed some of the legislation that I sponsored or cross-filed. Finally, at the end of this session, I was also appointed Parliamentarian of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
This session, the House Judiciary held hearings for 348 bills, many of which were very intense. As a member of its Committee's Criminal Justice Subcommittee, I had a role in formulating two major pieces of legislation, the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup - Recommendations and the "Justice Reinvestment Act". While I will discuss them both more in depth below, I am confident that our work will produce outcomes that greatly improve our criminal justice system.
2015 END OF SESSION LETTER
Dear Friend and Constituent,
The Maryland General Assembly’s 2015 Legislative Session has recently concluded and I truly appreciate your trust in me to represent District 44B in Annapolis. I was elected to serve the district and work towards a better Maryland which is what I will continue to do with your support. I want to thank each of you for your phone calls, emails and personal visits sharing with me what was important to you during this past session. It is only through our communications that will I know what is important to you.
This was an exciting year for me as I was appointed to the House Judiciary committee. I was also appointed to the Criminal Justice subcommittee, and the Civil Law and Procedure subcommittee of the Judiciary committee. In addition, I was appointed to the Baltimore County delegation’s Public Safety subcommittee and served on the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland’s Executive Board as an at-large member.