August 8, 2021
What a difference a year makes! I’m obviously partial, but the 46th District is one of the most vibrant places in the entire State. 

I had the opportunity to visit every corner of the 46th District on Tuesday--from Lakeland to Highlandtown--for National Night Out. It was a joy to see so many friendly faces. Kudos to all of the community leaders who organized events to bring neighbors together with the aim of forging new relationships to lift up our City. Thank you for inviting me to take part in your celebrations!
We also celebrated the Aquarium’s 40th anniversary on Tuesday. The Aquarium is a vital part of the Inner Harbor, an economic force for the Downtown Baltimore community, and inspires generations to appreciate and preserve our fragile environment. I look forward to continuing to support its mission in partnership with Delegates Luke Clippinger, Robbyn Lewis, and Brooke Lierman.
A Cleaner, Greener Maryland Economy
Addressing climate change with the urgency required isn’t just a question of protecting our planet for future generations, but is an economic imperative. That’s why I was thrilled to join US Wind earlier this week as we announced that steel manufacturing for wind turbines and platforms is coming to Sparrows Point.

This multi-million dollar investment in clean energy jobs is just a drop in the bucket of what’s possible here in Maryland. Transitioning to a 21st century economy means embracing a clean energy future that relies on renewable energy, and the jobs that will support that industry.

The Maryland Senate will be intensely focused on taking steps to reduce our State’s greenhouse gas emissions next Session after consensus could not be reached around the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 last year. We will be taking a close look at how to align State policy to leverage federal investments through the potential infrastructure bills in Congress. The increasing frequency of intense fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes fueled by rapidly rising temperatures makes clear that immediate action is necessary.
Delta Variant and New Mask Mandate in the City
New cases of COVID-19 in the City have increased by 115% over the past four weeks, and Baltimore’s positivity rate has nearly doubled since June. Despite these alarming numbers, it is abundantly clear that the vaccine is working and continues to be the best defense against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. 

On Thursday, Mayor Scott announced a new indoor mask requirement for all Baltimore City residents and guests, regardless of vaccination status. This Health Order, issued by Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa will take effect at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, August 9th.  

As the start of the school year draws closer, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves, our families, friends, and communities. In order for life to resume fully, and most importantly for our children to go back to in-person learning, we must all do our part to stem this new and aggressive variant of the virus. Please, get the shot and wear masks in accordance with CDC and local guidance.
Federal Eviction Moratorium Extended
This week the CDC extended the Federal Eviction Moratorium, a bold move driven by the Biden Administration to give local governments more time to distribute federal funding for the more than 129,000 Maryland who are behind on their rent.

Almost $3 million in rental assistance was delivered across Maryland during June, more than the entire previous five months combined. That is just a drop in the bucket compared to the funding available to prevent evictions that must be deployed efficiently and effectively before the new moratorium expires. 

We know that too many in our State are still struggling to cover housing costs after a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and our economy facing an unequal rebound across various sectors. Rental assistance is one of the best mechanisms for keeping roofs over families’ heads and must be deployed quickly.
Improving Maryland's State Parks
Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly a dozen State parks reached capacity and turned away Maryland residents from enjoying these important State assets. As many can attest, public outdoor spaces are essential to Marylanders’ emotional, mental, and physical health and bring people of all walks together. It is imperative that geographic location, race, or income do not limit a person’s ability to enjoy our parks’ benefits.

Friday, House Speaker Adrienne Jones and I announced the creation of the State Park Investment Commission. The Commission will study the needs and make future recommendations to the State park system across Maryland.  

I am pleased that former Governor Parris Glendening will chair the commission and that Senate Capital Budget Chair Craig Zucker, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Senator Obie Patterson, and Senator George Edwards will represent the Senate. We must enhance our State park offerings and recreational opportunities as we protect Maryland’s rich natural resources.
More News
The Redline Project, killed by Governor Hogan early in his tenure, may have a second chance. Efficient and effective public transit is fundamentally a question of equity and mechanism to expand economic opportunity, and as noted by the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, efforts to resurrect this critical transit project must address current realities that impact the east-west transportation line

President Biden announced that the pause on federal student loan payments will be extended again until January 31, 2022.
I want to extend my congratulations to Prince George’s County Delegate Erek L. Barron (D), who has been nominated by President Biden to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland
Attorney General Frosh announced the selection of Dana Mulhauser to head a new Independent Investigations Unit that will examine cases with police-involved deaths as a result of the police reform legislation the Maryland General Assembly passed last Session.
The Maryland State Board of Elections has settled a longstanding dispute over ballot-marking devices that disability advocates, including the National Federal of the Blind, argued forced them to cast segregated ballots
Maryland is the 5th best state for health care, according to a new Wallethub study released Monday.
Summer programs are opening state-wide to address learning losses driven by the coronavirus pandemic, but State Superintendent Choudhury stressed the need to understand learning gaps that existed before the pandemic.
A proposed $26 billion settlement with opioid producers could bring as much as $485 million to Maryland to help address the effects of the opioid epidemic across the State.
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