A Busy Season of Advocacy
The last few weeks have been an exciting period for me, as I began my new work as a member of the state senate, and continue my advocacy for Baltimore City and Baltimore County residents on important issues facing our communities.
All of these bills and the dozens of others I'm currently working on and will be supporting in the future are designed to help residents in District 44 and throughout the state of Maryland achieve their full potential in multiple areas of their lives. All Marylanders deserve to live peacefully in safe communities, to raise families with dignity and to have their full right to due process and fair justice realized, regardless of class status or age.
|SB0330||Civil Actions - Defenses - Fireman's Rule||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0596 (HB0518)||Judges - Selection, Election, Tenure, and Continuance in Office||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0442 (HB0313)||Public-Private Partnership Agreements - Minority Business Enterprise Program||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0445 (HB0470)||For-Profit Institutions of Higher Education and Private Career Schools - Instructional Spending - Requirements||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0446 (HB0469)||Institutions of Postsecondary Education – Disorderly School Closures||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0435||Legal Education Success Collaborative - Established||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs)|
|SB0524 (HB1000)||Building Lifelong Library Learners Act||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs)|
|SB0467 (HB0872)||State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services - Membership||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/13 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0479 (HB0479)||Public Safety - Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission - Citations in Lieu of Arrest||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/13 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0217 (HB0123)||Labor and Employment - Wage History and Wage Range||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0260 (HB0712)||Labor and Employment - Leave With Pay - Bereavement Leave (Family Bereavement Act)||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SJ0001 (HJ0007)||2026 FIFA World Cup - Protection of Human Rights||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/14 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0499 (HB0404)||Economic Development Programs - Data Collection and Tracking - Minority Business Enterprises||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0531 (HB1444)||Discrimination - Definition of Race - Hair Texture and Hairstyles||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/18 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0581 (HB0170)||Criminal Procedure - Family Law Services for Sustained Safety Fund||Primary||In the Senate - Hearing 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. (Judicial Proceedings)|
|SB0589 (HB1336)||Criminal Procedure - Partial Expungement||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/19 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0593 (HB0624)||Juvenile Law - Child Interrogation Protection Act||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/19 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0653 (HB0213)||Criminal Procedure - Probation Before Judgment - Facts Justifying a Finding of Guilt and Suspension of Sentence||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/19 at 12:00 p.m.||
|SB0460 (HB0614)||State Government - Office of the Environmental and Natural Resources Ombudsman - Establishment (Environmental Accountability and Transparency Act)||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.||
|SB0670 (HB0564)||Department of Aging - Assisted Living Program Subsidies - Determinations||Co-Sponsor||In the Senate - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)|
|SB0580 (HB0741)||Public Safety - Empowering Communities to Counter Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Program Fund - Establishment||Primary||In the Senate - Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m.||
Small Business Spotlight
Want to have your small business spotlighted in our monthly newsletter? Submit an email with your business name, address, service provided, number of years in business, and the best thing about working in your neighborhood and you could be featured in our small business spotlight!
This month’s featured entrepreneur is community activist Arthur 'Squeaky' Kirk.
Describe your business and how your work helps to impact communities throughout District 44.
What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned about business ownership in your career?
My mom Ruth M. Kirk was a delegate for 28 years but a community activist for over 50 years, and was labeled the 'Garden Lady of West Baltimore' by then-Mayor William Donald Schafer, so we put a mural on the wall in honor of her. It was our way of showing how willing we were to spend our lives sacrificing to help our community and the kids, despite doing our own fair share of wrong.
What is the biggest benefit of living and working as an entrepreneur in our district?
For neighbors who would like to follow in your footsteps, what is one piece of advice you would give to help them get started?
I have learned that many people do not have their basic needs met. It's hard to educate hungry kids, and that's why we continue to try to provide the basic needs so our kids and our community aren't starving for anything. I have hundreds of people ask me for advice on how I got started, and I just tell them that they have to understand that not many people will come to your rescue and no one is coming with tons of money to help you. Get used to hearing the word 'no,' but don't be discouraged; let the lack of support feed your hunger for success and prove all of your doubters wrong.
Career Opportunities With BCPS
Job openings with schools within or serving students from District 44 include:
- Bedford Elementary
- Chadwick Elementary
- Powhatan Elementary
- Lansdowne Middle
- Southwest Academy
- Sudbrook Magnet Middle
- Windsor Mill Middle
- Woodlawn Middle
- Milford Mill Academy
- Woodlawn High
In the Community
Students from Featherbed Elementary School traveled to Annapolis last month to speak with legislators about education funding and taxes. They capped off their visit with a tour of the capital and a pizza party! Thank you to Principal Michelle Webster for helping to make this trip happen!
Check out several of the digital and social media resources you can use to find out more about the work of the Maryland Legislature, regular meetings, and policy positions.
- Maryland General Assembly Manual
- Baltimore City Senate Delegation Official Facebook Page
- Baltimore County House Delegation
- Senate Judicial Proceedings FAQ
Upcoming Events | Click here to see upcoming events
Black History Month 2020 Events (Courtesy of Visit Baltimore)
Feb. 15, 12 - 3 p.m.
Kuumba means Creativity! Experience the beauty and creativity of black cultures through enriching performances by local students and Baltimore-based artists, in honor of Black History Month. This year’s theme is Black Dance Through Time! Explore the evolution of Black American dance from the early 20th century to the present day! Enjoy live music and dance performances, family activities, Baltimore-based vendors, and more!
The History of the NAACP The Baltimore Connection
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Feb. 16, 2 - 4 p.m.
Enjoy a living history performance, film and talk about the NAACP and its leaders from the Jim Crow and Civil Rights era. See a living history performance of activist Juanita Jackson Mitchell, hear a lecture on the Baltimore branch by Professor Prudence Cumberbatch and conclude with a film screening of Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP (57 min). NAACP artifacts and panels covering 97 years of Maryland history will be on view.
Smithsonian Channel Premiere: Black in Space
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Feb. 19, 6 - 9 p.m.
Be the first to see this new documentary before it airs on the Smithsonian Channel. Reginal F. Lewis Museum will premiere screening of Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier. This documentary charts the United States’ efforts to get the first African American astronaut into space at the height of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement. Panel discussion to follow.
Museum Nights: RBG (Red, Black & Green)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Feb. 20, 6 - 9 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month at the Lewis with the return of Museum Nights. Enjoy the sounds of DJ Tanz, experiment with printmaking inspired by the exhibition Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist and grab your team and participate in Black history and culture trivia for prizes.
All Black Everything: A Poetry Workshop
American Visionary Art Museum
Feb. 22, 1pm-3pm
Nationally renowned and award winning slam poet Meccamorphosis will teach participants how to transform random text from books, magazines and newspapers into black out / erasure poetry. This technique fuses mark making and language to maximize creativity. All materials provided.