News From Annapolis 3/26/2021
It is hard to believe that there are only 18 days remaining of the 2021 General Assembly Session. Much work remains to be done, the legislative process is truly a marathon, not a sprint. This past Monday, March 22nd, was “Crossover Day” here in Annapolis. After committee hearings and careful deliberation in the Senate, most legislation that has a chance at becoming law has crossed over to the House of Delegates for consideration.
Maryland, My Maryland Repeal
On March 19th, SB 8, General Provisions – State Song Repeal, was passed out of the Senate by a vote 45-0. Currently SB8 is on 3rd reader in the House and the crossfile, HB667 in now in the Senate, when this legislation passes and is signed by the Governor, Maryland My Maryland will be repealed. Making Maryland and New Jersey the only States without a State Song.
Legislation to do away with the State Song has been introduced several times in the last 50 years and some of you may remember my bill in 2009 to update the Confederate sympathizing lyrics. Until now they have never received the support necessary to pass either the House of Delegates or the Senate. In 2009, I brought 50 fourth graders from Glen Burnie Park Elementary School to Annapolis to advocate for this legislation and present their suggested new song lyrics. I was proud to sponsor legislation then and I am proud to support SB 8 this Legislative Session. It’s time for change!
March 13, 2009 Photo from the Capital Newspaper
Many of my bills have passed the Senate and are now being considered in the House. They are:
Senatorial Scholarship Deadline!
The deadline for my Senatorial Scholarship is March 31st! The application and complete instructions can be found on my website: PamBeidle.com. Senatorial Scholarships may only be used at a Maryland College or University, unless you have a Unique Major approved by MHEC.
The Application includes:
The completed legible Scholarship Application
An original transcript from your current educational institution
An essay of 300 to 500 word essay.
A copy of your FAFSA
A copy of resume or list of activities you participate in. For example: School activities, Honors, Awards, Sports or service activities.
If you currently receive a Senatorial Scholarship you do not have to reapply, they are four year awards.
COVID Vaccine Update
As of March 26th, Anne Arundel County has administered 228,09 1doses of COVID Vaccines, making 81, 988 or 14.2% of Anne Arundel County residents fully vaccinated.
Maryland is currently in Phase 2A and will move to the next phase on March 30th. More information on dates and who qualifies be found at https://governor.maryland.gov/.../3.18-Phases-One-Pager.pdf
Vaccine Registration and Locations
Anne Arundel County Health Department Link: https://aacounty.org/covidvax
State Mass Vax Sites: Pre-registration Link: onestop.md.gov/preregistration
Determine eligibility at covidlink.maryland.gov
Finding a Clinic Near You: covidvax.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator
Pharmacies and Retail Locations
CVS (6) cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine Those without online access can call 800-746-7287
Giant Food (2) giantfood.com/pages/covid-info
Jai Pharmacy (1) jaipharmacy.com/covid-vaccine-appointment
RiteAid (0) riteaid.com/covid-19
Safeway (6) mhealthappointments.com/covidappt
Sam’s Club(1) samsclub.com/pharmacy/immunization?imzType=covid
Walgreens (14) walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center Link: luminis.health/community-vaccine
UMD Baltimore Washington Medical Center Link: umbwmc.org/getthevaccine
MedStar Health - Baltimore Link: covidvaccine.medstarhealth.org/
University of MD Medical System
People in Phases 1a, 1b and 1c may request an appointment. There are 12 hospitals around the state. umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine
VA Maryland Health Care System Eligible Veterans can sign up at https://www.maryland.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp
District Night - Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us last night for our first ever Virtual District Night! We had a great turnout with over 50 constituents. Congressman Sarbanes and representatives for Senator Van Hollen and Cardin joined to talk about the American Rescue Plan. County Executive Pittman and Councilmembers Lacey, Pickard and Pruski went over local zoning and county priorities and Delegate Sandy Bartlett, Ned Carey, Mark Chang, Mike Rogers and I spoke about the work of the General Assembly this session. If you could not make it last night you can still watch the recording on my Facebook page.
Senator Cardin’s office provided a helpful resource guide highlighting where the federal COVID relief is going in Maryland. You can read it here.
MAGLEV Public Hearing
I have been opposing MAGLEV since 2004 when it was first proposed. This project will drastically impact the lives of Anne Arundel County residents. Additionally, the price tag is especially concerning as our State faces the ongoing public health issues caused by COVID-19. I am working with local groups to educate people on why it is not a good idea. There are many outstanding questions surrounding cost, environmental impact, access, the ultimate path’s effect on land owned by various entities.
The public comment period for the environmental review of the MAGLEV project has been extended to May 24, 2021. This is a great opportunity to voice your opposition to the MAGLEV. The decision is Federal, the Federal Railroad Administration, so we all need to to comment.
There will be six virtual public hearings as part of the environmental review of the project. You can register here: https://bwmaglev.info/virtual-public-hearings
My office remains in Room 202 of the James Senate Office Building. This Legislative Session, we cannot have constituents stop by and meet in person but my Chief of Staff Nancy Lipin Crawford, my Legislative Aide Joe Cadman and our Session Aide Molly Cannon will be happy to assist you and help with any issues or questions you have. You can email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-841-3593. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news and session updates.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your State Senator from District 32,
Senator, District 32
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