January 20th, 2023
2023 Session Report

Dear friends, 

History was made in many ways this week!

I want to extend my congratulations to both, Wes Moore as he made history as Maryland’s first Black Governor and Aruna Miller as she became the state’s first Indian-American Lieutenant Governor! The Inauguration was a beautiful ceremony and it truly marks a new, historic era for our state. 
Congratulations to our new Comptroller, Brooke Lierman!



Former Delegate Brooke Lierman of Baltimore City made history Monday as the first women controller in Maryland history. She was an amazing Delegate and I know she will be an amazing Comptroller! 
There are now 81 days left in the session! My colleagues and I had a successful second week of session and are ready to get even busier.
Today was the first weekly press conference presented by Senate President Bill Ferguson. If you missed it, you are able to watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uAy1kxNGrQ

Senator Guy Guzzone, Chair of Budget and Tax spoke about the budget that was released by the Governor today. The Budget will remain around 61 billion and because we changed the ability of legislators to have more control over the budget, it will be a more cooperative budget with Governor Moore and his administration.
 
Senator Will Smith spoke about the JPR Committee briefing concerning the effect of the Bruen Decision on Maryland gun permit guidelines. Here is the Youtube link to watch the presentation:

My cosponsored bill with Senator Pinsky and Senator Augustine, SB 50
State Finance – Prohibited Appropriations – Magnetic Levitation Transportation System is scheduled to have it's first hearing on January 25th in the Budget and Taxation Committee. This bill will prohibit State funding on the Maglev Project.

My bill, SB 99 Circuit Courts and District Court - Dishonored Checks - Service Charges will also have it's first hearing on January 25th in the Judicial Proceedings Committee. This bill was filed at the request of the Clerk of the Circuit Court to update their section of the code.

As always, you can view all legislation on the Maryland General Assembly website. I have “dropped” 6 bills. You can view them on the General Assembly Website and many other bills of mine already have scheduled hearing dates.

I appreciate my District 32 Constituents for allowing me to serve as your State Senator.
DISTRICT 32 SENATORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Applications Available Online Now!
Mail all applications to
Senator Pamela Beidle Scholarship Committee
11 Bladen Street Suite 202, James Senate Office Building Annapolis, MD 21401
by the April 7th, 2023 deadline.
You must attend a Maryland School.
Click here for the application.

Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund
From the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development:

You may not need assistance to stay in your home, but you may know someone who does. The Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund can provide mortgage relief, weatherization, housing counseling, and legal services.

Visit the website http://homeownerassistance.maryland.gov or call 877-546-5595.
My office is continuing to receive inquiries about Unemployment claims. If you or anyone you know needs assistance with their Unemployment Insurance claim, please click the link and fill out our Unemployment Insurance Assistance Form. We will contact our District Liaison regarding your claim.

Just Transition Fund Grants
They offer two primary types of support to communities. The Application-Ready Technical Assistance opportunity will help organizations identify funding programs that a project is eligible for and help navigate the early application process.

For more information, click the logo above!
The nonprofit Just Transition Fund created the Federal Access Center to provide grants and technical assistance to remove barriers to federal funding, and engage government agencies to make funding programs more accessible and equitable.

In the second support category, Application-Ready Grants, the Federal Access Center awards up to $25,000 to organizations preparing to apply to a specific federal program. The Federal Access Center aims to support nonprofits in communities developing clean energy projects, workforce development, or more. 
Anne Arundel County Public School News
AACPS Board of Education
Public Workshop on Redistricting 
The public workshop on redistricting was held Monday January 2nd. The workshop covered the process to be utilized in redistricting. No specific redistricting proposals were discussed.
AACPS will embark on a process later this school year to change school boundaries in the northern part of the county as part of a plan to develop attendance zones for the new Old Mill High School West and West County Elementary School, both of which will open in the 2024-2025 school year. A process to change school boundaries in the remaining portion of the county will begin after the northern process has concluded and those changes are implemented.
 
The full meeting can be viewed HERE on the AACPS YouTube channel.
Redistricting continues to be an ongoing issue in our county. If you have any questions or concerns, listed below is the contact information of your elected Board of Education Representatives.
Board of Education Contact Information
Robert Silkworth:
AACPS Board of Education Member, District 2
(443) 534-5766

Gloria Dent:
AACPS Board of Education Member, District 1
(410) 991-5133

Melissa Ellis:
AACPS Board of Education Member, District 4
(410) 533-7940

Board of Education General Contact Information
BOE Office: (410) 222-5311
MDOT SHA Roadwork Update
The work will continue to take place weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is expected to be complete in late-February, weather permitting. 

For additional project information, check out the MDOT SHA Project Portal Page: MDOT SHA MD175 Ntl Bus Pkwy to McCarron Ct (AA436232) (arcgis.com)
MD 170 Pipe Replacement Work
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) continues its work at the MD 175 / MD 295 interchange reconstruction project in Anne Arundel County.

Crews will temporarily close the Southeast Outer Ramp (northbound MD 295 to eastbound MD 175) nightly for the next few weeks; drivers will be directed along a signed detour between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting. 
If you have questions or concerns about this work, contact the MDOT SHA office at (410) 841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603.
Maryland Insurance Administration
Virtual Events
On Thursday, Jan. 19 12pm-1pm
Understanding Commercial Insurance Policies for Places of Worship
This event will focus on educating consumers about Commercial Insurance policies for Places of Worship, with additional short presentations on Flood Insurance, FEMA Public Assistance, and the Small Business Administration loans.
Guest speakers include:
·       FEMA
·       Small Business Administration

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 12 pm - 1 pm
Lunch with MIA: Life Insurance
Join the Maryland Insurance Administration for a seminar about Life Insurance. We will discuss both term and permanent life insurance. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 12 pm - 1 pm

Need Help? Maryland has many local resources and services available
The Maryland Insurance Administration, in partnership with 211 Maryland, is hosting a webinar to help Marylanders find local resources and services. Find out more about 211 Maryland and 988 services and other great resources.

Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program
The Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program is now open for 2023 grant applications!
Grant applications will be accepted through February 13 with awards between $10,000-$25,000 going to eligible organizations who train service and support dogs or who provide equine therapy to veterans. The notice of funding availability, application, and associated materials are available on the MDVA website. 


Click image below to find the application!
For interested organizations that want to learn more about the program, the application, and ask questions regarding the grant process, join the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs technical assistance call on Friday, January 20th 10-11am.

The Google meet video call link: https://meet.google.com/nix-pqcv-kmr
Or dial (US) +1 321-529-7661 PIN: 810 156 978#

*Please note, the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program provides grants to 501C3 organizations, not individuals seeking to apply for a service animal. 
General Assembly Office Schedule
My Chief of Staff, Nancy Lipin Crawford, Legislative Aide, Ash-Lynn Randolph, and Intern, Zoey Nichols will be working Monday through Friday to respond to any Constituent concerns.

I have enjoy hearing all of my constituent's thoughts and ideas on legislation. Please continue to stay in touch with me. I encourage everyone to be involved in government and have their voice heard.

I will be taking virtual and in-person appointments this session. You can schedule by calling or emailing the office at pamela.beidle@senate.state.md.us or 410-841-3593. We are always happy to assist you.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your District 32 State Senator!

Pamela Beidle
Senator, District 32
Finance Committee
Chair Executive Nominations