Safe, Healthy & Vibrant Neighborhoods

Mary understands that people need to feel safe in their neighborhoods and business districts. Mary will seek increased allocations for community policing, and to double the number of after-school and summer recreational, green job training, and employment programs for youth. Mary will also bring community leaders and associations together to help provide the supports that our Seniors need to stay active and age in place.

2015 Session

Mary co-sponsored the Apprenticeship Pilot Program – Apprenticeship Maryland (HB 0942), establishing a 2-year pilot program, beginning in 2016, called Apprenticeship Maryland to prepare students to enter the workforce. It also requires the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to develop criteria for the selection of two local school systems, allowing for the participation of up to 60 students from each school system. This bill became law on May 12th, 2015.

Mary co-sponsored Human Resources – Homeless Shelters – Best Practices and Models (HB 0852), requiring the Interagency Council on Homelessness to determine best practices and models for providing emergency shelter and shelter diversion. This bill became law on May 12th, 2015.

Mary co-sponsored Electronic Cigarettes – Sale to Minors – Components, Supplies, and Enforcement (HB 0489), which clarified that the prohibition against selling, distributing, or offering for sale an electronic device to a minor that can be used to deliver nicotine includes any component for the device or product used to refill or resupply the device, clarifying also that the exception to the prohibition for devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration applies only to devices for sale as a tobacco cessation product, and requiring the District Court to remit penalties collected to the county in which the violation of the Act occurred. This bill became law on May 12th, 2015.

Mary co-sponsored the Family Law – De Facto Parent (HB 0577), authorizing a court to determine whether an individual is a de facto parent of a child; authorizing an individual asserting de facto parent status to intervene in or initiate a judicial proceeding; and establishing that an individual who is judicially determined to be a de facto parent has certain duties, rights, and obligations. This bill was withdrawn from the House following an unfavorable report by the Judiciary Committee.

2014 Session

Mary co-sponsored the State Retirement and Pension System – Parole and Probation Employees – Membership in Correctional Officers’ Retirement System (HB 1209), altering the positions eligible for membership in the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System, authorizing individuals to cease membership in the Employees’ Pension System and enroll in the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System, and authorizing individuals to transfer service credit from the Employees’ Pension System to the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System. This bill was stalled in the House following an unfavorable report from the Appropriations committee.

Mary sponsored the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness (HB 0813), which created said committee and requiring reports to be submitted to the General Assembly on or before December 1 of each year. This bill became law on May 5th, 2014.

Mary sponsored the Maryland Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Young Adult Count Demonstration Project (HB 0794), establishing the project and requiring that the Department of Housing and Community Development oversee the project. This bill became law on May 5th, 2014.

Mary sponsored the Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth – Continuation, Membership, Stipend, and Duties (HB 0577), authorizing youth or young adult members of the Task Force to receive a stipend as compensation for serving on the Task Force and requiring the Task Force to issue its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in a preliminary report on or before November 1, 2014 and in a final report on or before June 1, 2015. This bill was stalled in the House.

2013 Session

Mary sponsored the Task Force to Study Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (HB 0823), establishing the Task Force and requiring the Task Force to submit a report by November of 2013. This bill became law on May 16th, 2013.

Mary co-sponsored Public Safety – Regulated Firearms – Reporting Lost or Stolen (HB 1077), requiring a dealer or any other person who sells or transfers a regulated firearm to notify the recipient at the time of purchase or transfer that the recipient is required to report a lost/stolen regulated firearm to the local law enforcement agency. It also requires the owner of the firearm to report the loss/left with 72 hours after discovering that it is missing. This bill was stalled in the House with an unfavorable report by the Judiciary Committee.

Mary co-sponsored Correctional Services – Standards for Correctional Facilities – Funding (HB 1494), repealing a prohibition on the use of State funds to implement specified standards for State correctional facilities. This bill became law on May 16th, 2013.

2012 Session

Mary created Electronic Harassment (HB 8), a bill to prohibit any form of electronic harassment, not just harassment through e-mail. The bill was signed into law April 10, 2012.

Mary sponsored Username and Password Privacy Protection (HB 964), a bill to prohibiting employers from requesting that their employees disclose their username, password, or account information to them. This bill was signed into law May 2, 2012.