This past Wednesday, January 9, marked the opening day of the 433rd Session of the Maryland General Assembly, and my third “regular” Session. I look forward to addressing the many challenges facing our State, but also the numerous opportunities to improve peoples’ lives in Baltimore and in Maryland. As in past years, each week I will be sending you a legislative update detailing new developments affecting the 46th District. I want to hear your thoughts and opinions on any issue important to you, and I encourage you to contact me with any ideas, suggestions, or comments on topics important to you. You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, over the phone at 410-841-3303, or through my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luke-Clippinger-for-Delegate/103463901666?ref=ts).
I also encourage you to visit Annapolis if you’d like to speak with me or my staff. You can contact my office to schedule an appointment, and I will also plan to be in my office on Monday evenings between 6 and 8pm throughout Session if you’d like to stop by.
* Opening Day: The 2013 Session of the Maryland legislature convened at noon on Wednesday, January 9, and will continue through April 8. In a session attended by numerous State and Federal elected officials – including Governor Martin O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and seven members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation – I and 187 of my colleagues started work on the 433rd Session of the General Assembly. Speaker Michael E. Busch (Dist. 30) and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones (Dist. 17) were each elected for an eleventh year as Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem, respectively.
*Schools: For the fourth year running, Maryland’s public school system has been ranked the best in the nation by Education Week, the nation’s leading education newspaper. While this should be a point of pride for our state, it also highlights the significant disparities across jurisdictions. There is an unacceptably-high achievement gap between Baltimore City’s schools and the rest of our state, and we must do better. Just this morning, City Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso spoke to the Baltimore City Delegation about the Baltimore City Public Schools' priorities for this Session, including a focus on facility improvement. I was excited to see that the Governor has placed school facility improvement at the top of his legislative agenda, and I intend to work with my City Delegation colleagues to ensure that Baltimore City Schools get the investment they deserve.
* In the Community: I wanted to let you know of an important resource for our Communities in Baltimore. The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund provides grant funding to support local nonprofit organizations’ efforts to build stronger neighborhoods by addressing needs in areas of:
· Community Revitalization
· Public Safety
The Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund grant application is due Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. In order to assist interest parties, the Neighborhood Fund will hold a pre-application workshop on Tuesday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00pm at Johns Hopkins at Eastern. You can find additional information regarding the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund at http://hopkinsworklife.org/community/neighborhood.html. To register for the workshop or ask questions about completing or submitting the application, please contact Kathleen Crostic at email@example.com or 443-997-0138.
Going door-to-door too! Last weekend, I knocked on nearly 200 doors across Bayview, Upper Fells Point and South Baltimore to hear your ideas as the General Assembly gets underway. I'll be going out again this Saturday in Brooklyn, Canton and Eastwood - if you'd like to join me this weekend, or on a day in the future, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you for your continued support,