State Sen. Antonio Hayes (40-D): 2019 Legislative Session

Dear Friends,

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters of the 40th District for electing me to represent them in the State Senate. I am honored and humbled that you have placed your trust in me. With your support, I will work tirelessly on your behalf to help address challenges and to secure lasting and meaningful improvements to your quality of life. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and I vow to seek solutions and improvements for the City of Baltimore this session with ardor and diligence.


On Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, during the opening of the General Assembly’s legislative session, I was officially sworn into the Maryland State Senate surrounded by my family, friends and residents of the 40th district. It was an honor being amongst the other 16 freshman senators who will be also embarking on this new journey. I am ready to work and get things done for the City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland.


Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you!


Senator Antonio Hayes

Opening Week:


Here we go! Welcome to week one of the 2019 Legislative Session, which officially began on Wednesday, January 9th, as ordered in the state constitution. The first three days of session were filled with introducing legislation and the start of committee hearings. I was appointed to serve on the Finance committee and I am looking forward to learning about the new issues and challenges facing our state.

Baltimore City Related Bills: 

The following legislative bills have been introduced this session and are relevant to Baltimore City. You can find more information about the bills I and other senators have introduced on the Maryland legislature website, , by searching each bill by number. Feel free to reach out to our office if you’re having trouble navigating the website.

Furthermore, I will provide more in-depth coverage as session goes on.


  • SB33 – Baltimore City – Home Inspectors – Residential Rental Inspections
  • SB81- Baltimore City – Police Department – Reports on Funds
  • SB43 – Baltimore City – At-Will Supervisory Members of the Police Department – Residency requirements
  • SB42 – Baltimore City – Fines, Fees, and Other Monetary Payments – Methods of Payment
  • SB41 – Office of Legislative Audits – Audits of the Baltimore Police Department
  • SB39 – Baltimore City – Police Districts – Redistricting

Upcoming Events:

40th District Pre-Session Overview
January 26th, 2019 @11am
Location: University of Maryland – BioPark

Join us to hear about the issues coming before the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session that effect our community. You’ll also learn more about ways you can stay engaged during the session.

District 40th Night in Annapolis
March 11th, 2019 @ 6-8pm
Location: Miller, East Building

Join your neighbors, friends and the District 40th Delegation to receive an update on the 2019 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session!

Introducing the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation:The Baltimore City State Senate Delegation consists of six state senators who are responsible for representing the interests, needs and concerns of the City of Baltimore in the Maryland General Assembly. I am proud and look forward to joining forces with Senator Bill Ferguson (46th District), Senator Jill P. Carter (41st District), Senator Cory McCray (45th district), Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (44th District) and Senator Mary Washington (43rd District) in making sure that sufficient state funds and support are granted to our city.


During the 2019 Legislative Session I, as Chairman of the Baltimore City State Senate Delegation, will be hosting weekly meetings every Thursday with my fellow Baltimore City senators. In fact, we had a successful opening meeting this Thursday, January 10th, and discussed our priorities this session. In addition, Senator Cory McCray of the 45th District and I will be rotating every other Friday on the Larry Young Morning Radio Show to discuss our agenda and legislative priorities for this year so be sure to tune in!

Staff Spotlight:
I am pleased to welcome, Tierra Goodwin, as our Session Intern from Coppin State University. She is currently a senior studying Political Science & Anthropology. She is excited for the opportunity to serve the people of the 40th Legislative District in the Senate this session. Furthermore, her passion is empowering ordinary citizens to become active and engaged in the political process, resulting in a stronger & more informed electorate.
How the Legislature Works: A Brief Look

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The legislative process, the mechanism through which the laws of Maryland are enacted, is dynamic and complex. 188 men and women are elected every four years to serve in the State’s legislative branch to enact laws that protect the interest of Marylanders.

Legislation introduced in the General Assembly is a legislator’s response to the needs or desires of his or her constituency.

In Maryland, an idea or concept must pass through many processes before it becomes law. Citizens of Maryland must approach their legislators to introduce a bill. If the legislator agrees to sponsor the legislation, the bill is drafted by the Department of Legislative Services, reviewed by the legislator, and prepared for introduction. Bills or resolutions may be introduced in advance of regular sessions.



Information from the Maryland Legislature webpage,