Jobs & The Environment

Mary will address rising unemployment rates through private and public partnerships, which raise funding for adult education, GED programs and green and clean energy job training and employment. She will also encourage neighborhood revitalization and development that builds up locally owned and small businesses and that hires Baltimore City residents and union members.

Mary sponsored the Community Cleanup and Greening Act of 2012 (HB 1247), a bill requiring specific stores to collect a five cent fee for each disposable bag that the store provides. While the bill was given an unfavorable report by Economic Matters, environmental organizations will support a re-introduction of the bill at the state level and work to pass similar ordinances in local jurisdictions.

Mary co-sponsored Agriculture – Commercial Feed – Arsenic Prohibition (HB 167), a bill prohibiting a person from using, selling, or distributing poultry feed that has any additive that contains arsenic. This bill was signed into law on May 22, 2012.

Mary co-sponsored the Investment in Our Youth (IO-YOUth) Programs (HB 215), which authorized a county to establish an Investment in Our Youth Program that provides grants to nonprofit organizations to provide summer jobs for youth between the ages of 14 and 18. This passed unanimously in the House and Senate and was signed into law on May 22, 2012.