This is the first of the bi-weekly updates that I will send out and post on my website regarding the 2016 General Assembly Session. The 2016 Session has started off strong! Leaders have informed us that there have been a record-level of bills requested for drafting, meaning we may have some very long days in hearings and on the floor voting. (This is a picture of me and my friends and fellow Baltimore legislators, Cory McCray and Antonio Hayes).
Another year has ended, and a new one has begun. Today we are one week away from the start of my second session in the General Assembly. Last year was certainly a milestone year for me and my family, as I was sworn in as a State Delegate in January, appointed to the Appropriations Committee, and worked to effectively represent District 46. It was also a milestone year – in a very different way – for Baltimore. The unrest and uprising that occurred in April following the tragic death of Freddie Gray lead to a renewed call for urgency to address the longstanding disparities in our City – disparities caused by a long history of racism and segregation, but disparities that every person I have met in Baltimore truly desires to end. It is my hope that in 2016 we will continue to be vigilant and urgent in our work to address the housing, educational, social, and economic disparities plaguing our City. We will only succeed as a City when every child has an equal opportunity for success.
Dear Friends + Neighbors –
What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the polls were just opening. I was standing at William Paca Elementary School, waiting to greet the first voters of the day, and knowing that no matter the outcome of the election, I had run the best campaign I could. Looking back over my campaign, as I do from time to time, I am still inspired and grateful for the many people who helped carry me across the finish line – into a first place victory! If not for you and them, I would not be where I am today – able to represent the residents of Baltimore City in the General Assembly.
All are invited to my first annual Community Picnic in the Park! Join me and my family, other elected officials, and your neighbors from around District 46 for food, facepainting, games, and ice cream! Information about schools and community programs will also be available. Sunday, May 31 from 2-4 p.m. at Patterson Park (northeast of the Pagoda).
Friends – I can hardly believe that my first session in the General Assembly has come to an end! I never knew that 90 days could go so by so quickly! I have learned so much – both substantive information about policies, and procedurally, so much about how the legislative process works (or sometimes doesn’t work as the case may be!).