Last week marked the beginning of the 2018 Legislative Session, and my team and I are estatic to report some wonderful news from the House floor. The General Assembly quickly addressed legislation that Governor Hogan vetoed last session. Both the House and Senate voted to override the Governor’s Veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act and theMaryland Fair Access to Education Act. These victories have given us a new sense of hope and optimism for the work we have cut out for us this legislative session.
As always, feel free to contact my office with any concerns. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful weekend.
Delegate Antonio Hayes
The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act
The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, also known as the Paid Sick Leave Bill, is now on the path to becoming law. The House passed the bill with a tallying vote of 88-52, three votes more than the minimum to override, while the Senate voted 30-17, one vote over the three-fifths vote needed. The bill requires employers with more than 15 full-time workers to provide employees with a minimum of five days of earned sick leave per year. It will allow over 700,000 Marylanders to no longer have to make an impossible choice of whether or not to sacrafice their personal health or the health of their children with the fear of losing their job or vital income. The bill exempts seasonal businesses, and employers who already offer comparable benefits so they will not have to make any changes. We are excited to bring in this win for Maryland’s working families.
Maryland Fair Access to Education Act
After they voted on the paid sick leave bill, the House immediately jumped to the next bill, the Maryland Fair Access to Education Act, also known as the “Ban the Box on College Admissions”. The bill prohibits institutions of higher education from using information about the criminal history of applicants on specified admissions applications, preventing them from being able to automatically or unreasonably restrict a student’s admission based on that student’s criminal history. The House passed the bill with a 90 to 50 vote, while the Senate passed it by a vote of 32 to 15.
Be on the Look Out!!
In the near future, we expect legislation to be introduced regarding Maryland’s minimum wage. Fight for $15 is a democratic coalition fighting for the increase of Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. No full time worker in Maryland should be living in poverty, and this initiative will help address that.
Harbor Point Ice Festival– Experience a winter wonderland at the Inaugural Harbor Point Ice Festival! Come out to Harbor Point’s Central Plaza as ice carvers use chisels and chainsaws to bring ice sculptures to life! From 6-7pmthe professional carvers will be finishing up their masterpieces which will be on display from 7-9pm and all day Saturday, January 20th. Stroll through the ice walk and marvel at the detailed pieces made from just ice! Click on the photo for more information.
Parking Amnesty- Last week, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced an amnesty program forgiving late fees on outstanding parking fines in Baltimore City. If you are one of the 320,000 people with parking tickets in the city, you may receive a letter in the mail explaining the process. According to the Mayor, if people with unpaid parking tickets pay the base fine on February 1st or 2nd, the late fees and other additional charges will be waived.
Attention all current high school seniors and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students! You may be eligible to apply for the Delegate’s Scholarship which provides funds toward higher level education. Please visit the scholarship website, or call our office for further information and application requests. We would love to be able to aide you in reaching your educational goals.
CareFirst grants are now open!!! Click on the flyer for the application and further information