END OF SESSION UPDATE 2021
Wishing you a safe and healthy Summer!
I believe that the 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly is the most consequential session we have seen in a generation. Most years we have one or two major accomplishments, but this year we have made historic reforms in many areas of state government, including: emergency assistance for the most severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; comprehensive reform of policing throughout the state; landlord /tenant issues, education; sports gaming; and far-reaching transportation and environmental legislation.
Because of the pandemic, we had to adapt the way we conducted our legislative business this year. As a result, we moved online for our committee meetings, and added live streaming to our subcommittee work sessions and committee voting. The floor sessions were also live streamed for the first time , even as our House of Delegates members had to meet in 2 locations simultaneously. It was perhaps also the most transparent legislative processes we have seen so far.
Following, you will find more information and links to full information on key pieces of legislation, as well as valuable information about the latest health resources for Prince George's County residents, especially related to Covid-19.
WOMEN’S CAUCUS ELECTS DELEGATE HEALEY AS PRESIDENT Delegate Anne Healey was just elected president of the Women Legislators of Maryland, also known as the Women's Caucus. She will lead the Caucus in its 50th Anniversary year.
The Caucus is the first organization of its kind in the United States. It includes all 77 women who serve as Delegates or Senators in the Maryland General Assembly. The caucus advocates for the full equality of women in the State.
It has focused on and made strides in addressing issues such as domestic violence, childcare, economic opportunities for women, education and honoring women veterans of the US Military. Visit the Women's Caucas here.
Important Legislation From 2021 In spite of a challenging work environment, the 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly was one of our most productive Sessions. Traditional face-to-face interaction was replaced with protective screens, socially distanced seating arrangements and masks.
In this landmark Legislative Session the people of Maryland have seen the passage of many significant new laws. To read more information on passed legislation in these areas, as well as other significant pieces of legislation passed this Session, please follow the link below:
DELEGATE HEALEY GETS IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL BILL PASSED Over 100 identified crops grown in our country rely on honeybees for more than their pollination. They contribute over $15 billion to the US economy. In addition to pollinating crops, the bees also pollinate wild and native plants which ultimately benefits our environment.
HB 208: This bill further restricts the sale of neonicotinoid pesticides by keeping them off the shelves of retails stores. These harmful pesticides, which have been banned in Europe, are dangerous to bees and other pollinators.
Important County Updates COVID VACCINE INFORMATION FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY Effective April 12th Prince George's County moved to Phase 3 for COVID-19 vaccinations. All individuals 16 or older that live or work in Prince George’s County, and have pre-registered with the County Health Department, will be able to receive appointments at the County’s vaccination clinics. Seniors and individuals with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe COVID-19 illness will continue to be prioritized for appointments.
Individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County must pre-register in order to receive a vaccine appointment with the Prince George’s County Health Department. No walk-ups are being accepted at Health Department vaccination clinics at this time.
For the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccines in Prince George’s County, or to learn more about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, visit mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.
For the latest County COVID-19 updates, visit health.mypgc.us/coronavirus.
There is not one central list for getting notified about vaccine availability, so please consider pre-registering on all available sites, including:
or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829)
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
WMATA alerts Prince George's residents that May 1 - 9 there will be trackwork on the Green and Yellow lines and that free shuttle buses will be replacing trains at four stations over one weekend and a weeklong closure of West Hyattsville. This is part of the Metrorail improvement plan.