The Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 442nd Session on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 under unprecedented circumstances. The global pandemic has upended all aspects of our lives and laid bare many inequities in our society.
Last week we witnessed a shocking and unlawful attack at the US Capitol. Together we must address the divisiveness that led us to this volatile point and resolve to find a peaceful way forward. Now is the time to acknowledge the pain of so many, to talk openly and calmly to each other and to work to solve our many pressing problems through fair and just public policy.
There is crucial work ahead this session including work on pandemic relief, a review of the state’s unemployment process, evaluating tax reform, reviewing juvenile justice, education funding, and implementing changes to our law enforcement and justice systems to instill confidence and eradicate systemic racism. Our great Prince George’s County has the highest number of children living in poverty and accessing free and reduced lunch, as well as a population that has experienced the greatest disparity in access to quality and affordable health care. Our Prince George’s Delegation will be faced with working to bring back assistance for education, assisting those on the verge of homelessness and resources for the many businesses and employees who have been devastated. Our challenges will be many, but I am confident that our passion and collective legislative talents are up to the tasks ahead.
I encourage you to participate in the Session despite the pandemic limitations. In person access to the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) Campus will be drastically limited. However please see the guidelines and helpful links listed at the bottom of this page for information about how to engage with your state elected officials and to have a voice in your government.
I have been asked many questions about the vaccine roll out. I anticipate that we will receive more detail in the coming week, but for now please see the below information on how best to follow the vaccine process and register for alerts.
In the coming weeks, I will provide details on my legislative priorities and the status of the budget. As always, please contact me with your thoughts and concerns at Geraldine.Valentino@house.state.md.us.
Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates, District 23A