Senator Antonio Hayes: Fighting for Minority Businesses and HBCUs

Newsletter                   February 22nd, 2021

Dear Friends,

Last week we wrapped up the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session, and we continue to honor Black History Month with a few bills aimed at racial equity and inclusion. Last week I presented a bill targeted at championing minority business enterprises and another to secure funding for HBCUs. Continue reading below to learn more about these bills and how they will impact your community.

On March 20, 2021 the 40th Delegation will be hosting a mid-session briefing for all community members to learn about what your elected officials in Annapolis are working on as well as an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to you. Please see flyer below for more information or click here to register.

Below you will find updates and resources that I hope you will find helpful and share with your friends and family. As always, I welcome your ideas and feedback and thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the Maryland General Assembly.

Stay Safe and Stay Warm,

Senator Antonio Hayes
District 40-Baltimore City

Legislative Updates:
As a reminder, each week we will feature a few of our bills and  provide you
with updates and a link to the bill text.

SB 688 – Sales and Use and Vehicle Excise Taxes – Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 688  was heard in the Budget and Taxation Committee. This bill eliminates a tax exemption enjoyed by massive car rental companies. If passed, it will secure an addition $50 million dollars per year in revenue dedicated to the funding of HBCUs in Maryland. This is another step towards equity in funding for Maryland’s esteemed HBCUs. To watch a recording of the hearing, click here.

SB635 – Minority Business Enterprises – Calculation of Participation Rates – Exemption for Procurements From Maryland Correctional Enterprises – Repeal

On Wednesday, February 17th, Senate Bill 635 was heard in the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Under current law, there is an exemption that allows State entities to reduce the amount of contracts they must attempt to award to minority-owned businesses if they purchase goods and services from Maryland Correctional Enterprises, a prison labor organization that pays as little as $0.17 an hour.

Watch Senator Hayes stand up against the prison labor industry and fight for what is right, here.

New COVID-19 Restrictions Effective Today, 2/22 
Vaccination Information

Vaccination Interest Forms

Older adults aged 65+ with internet access should fill out the vaccine interest form by clicking here! Maryland Access Point (MAP) Ambassadors will call you back once an appointment becomes available.

Baltimore City older adults in Priority Groups 1A, 1B, and 1C without access to the internet or who have issues utilizing technology can call the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273) for assistance in registering for the COVID-19 vaccine, as they become available.

Vaccination Site Locations

To find a vaccination site, please visit the page linked here, and scroll down about halfway to input your address to find a vaccination site close to you.

Vaccinations are available through hospitals and local health departments statewide – contact providers to schedule your appointment.

Vaccinations are by appointment-only!

For more information on the ongoing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and how to get one, please visit this page, which is continuously updated by the Baltimore City Health Department.

Meet Our Team!
Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our team members to you!
Next is Lora Mayo, a retired Senior IT Program Manager with extensive experience in project management and organizational development.  She has been with Senator Hayes since he became a Senator in 2019.
Her role as Director of Community Outreach is focused on managing constituent issues, handling citation requests and identifying and implementing community-based initiatives to increase capacity of community organizations.She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Management from University of Maryland, and a Master of Science Degree in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University.

Lora says that this job has helped her complete Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where she has reached the self-actualization phase and reaches her full potential, which is a need to be helpful to others.

Lora can be reached at:
Upcoming Events:
Additional Opportunities and Information:
Scholarship Opportunity

The American Association of Blacks in Energy(AABE) is now accepting applications for the AABE 2021 scholarship!

To find out all the requirements, use this link:

Youthworks Application Now Open

Baltimore City youth ages 14-21 can apply for a summer job through Youthworks.
The application is entirely virtual (no in person verification appointment necessary) and will be open until March 19th, 2021.

YouthWorks 2021 is scheduled to operate a largely virtual program from June 28 – August 6, 2021. YouthWorkers will work four hours per day, five days per week and receive the minimum wage of $11.75/hour.

How to Reach Us!

OfficeJames Senate Building, Room 222, Annapolis, MD 21401