March 17th, 2023
2023 Session Report

Dear Friends, 

Monday is Crossover! Crossover is the date that any bill, a sponsor hopes to see passed, should be crossing to the opposite chamber. On Monday, there will be only 22 days left for the 2022 General Assembly session. This week was very busy with double sessions but next week should slow down.
This week, I had one of my bills heard:

SB0916 Environment - Ethylene Oxide – Prohibition had its first hearing in the Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee on March 15th. SB0916 prohibits the use, manufacture, sale, offering for sale, or distribution of ethylene oxide in the State.
I am looking forward to reviewing the House bills that are crossing over and working together to get the Senate bills passed. You can track legislation on the General Assembly Website. You can also view bill hearings or voting sessions on the website. I recommend all constituents submit testimony for any bills they have thoughts on.
From The Senate to The House!
Maryland Council for Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards
On Monday night, I was honored to present Senate Resolutions to the winners of the Maryland Council for Social Studies Teacher of the Year awards.
Here is the list of the winners:

  • Elementary Social Studies Teacher: Dr Stephanie Schoppert
  • Maryland Civic Education Coalition’s Civic Leader: Erin Few
  • Secondary Social Studies Teacher: Gloria Darlington
  • Promising New Social Studies Teacher: Allison Curtin
  • Social Studies Instructional Leader: James “Scott” McComb
  • Outstanding Professional at a Social Studies-related Organization: Alexander “Sandy” Pope IV

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to Mr. Joey Landgraf, the President-Elect of the Maryland Council for Social Studies (MDCSS), for his assistance getting the winner's recognized on the floor!
Maryland 529 College Trust Fund
Coming into Session, we knew that one key area where that trust was lacking was in the Maryland 529 Prepaid College Trust. Families who invested in that type of Maryland 529 account received incorrect and confusing information that led many of them to make once-in-a-lifetime college enrollment decisions based on that faulty data. That is why we must address and improve the governance and transparency of the Maryland 529 program.

There are currently two bills regarding the Maryland 529 Program:

  • SB0959 Higher Education - Maryland 529 Program - Reform abolishes and repeals the Maryland 529 Board; specifies that the State Treasurer is the successor to the Maryland 529 Board; transfers to the Office of the State Treasurer the responsibility for administering the Maryland 529 Program, including the Maryland Prepaid College Trust, the Maryland College Investment Plan, the Maryland Broker-Dealer College Investment Plan, and the Maryland ABLE Program; authorizes and requires the State Treasurer to take certain actions in administering the Maryland 529 Program; etc.

  • SB0475 Workgroup on the Maryland 529 Prepaid College Trust Program establishes the Workgroup on the Maryland 529 Prepaid College Trust Program to identify policies, procedures, and practices that led to issues relating to the earnings calculation formula and Maryland 529 account holders’ inability to access their prepaid college trust benefits to pay for college expenses. The workgroup must also develop and make recommendations for improvement of Maryland 529 in specified areas. The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) must staff the workgroup. A member of the workgroup may not receive compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for expenses under standard State travel regulations.
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.

Operation Clean Sweep Update
In February, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration launched Operation Clean Sweep Maryland. The initiative began in the Baltimore and Washington regions and during the first two weeks, crews removed more than 120 tons of debris from the roadways.

Due to a mild winter, State Highway Administration crews anticipate roadside mowing will be required earlier than usual, and litter removal is critical in allowing crews to perform mowing operations safely and efficiently. You should expect an increased focus on litter pick up this spring and through the summer, which will include several targeted litter blitz efforts. The State Highway Administration will be increasing expenditures and adding additional resources to our program which will allow us to nearly double our litter and mowing efforts this year.
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunities for Fiscal Year 2024
Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration is a partnership between the Trust, the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, and the City of Annapolis. This award program aims to improve water quality in the County’s local streams and waterways, as called for in the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit and County and City of Annapolis’ Stormwater Management Inventory and Watershed Improvement Plan, which require reductions in storm flow volume and pollutants entering the County’s waterways.
Application Deadline - March 16th
USDA Urban Agriculture & Innovative Production Grant The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects.
Application Deadline - March 27th
Tandem Grant Initiative - Arundel Community Reinvestment (ACR) Fund. County Executive and Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) announced a new initiative to complement the Arundel Community Reinvestment (ACR) loan program where who apply and are approved for an ACR loan for up to $100,000 can receive a grant equal to 25 percent of the loan amount for façade improvements. The grant will be available to small businesses and commercial property owners in our 11 revitalization areas.
The full press release can be found HERE.
USDA Urban Agriculture & Innovative Production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making available up to $7.5 million for grants through its Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP). The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects.
Application Deadline - March 27th
Help our Neighbors. Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) provides grants to local nonprofits that assist individuals and families in need by providing emergency assistance, such as covering immediate living expenses like paying rent to prevent eviction, utilities to prevent shut-off, fees for transportation to work or car repair, or for essential medication and medical care to return to or maintain their health. 
Application Deadline - March 31st
Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services. This office recently released Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for several grant programs for Fiscal Year 2024.
RePlant Anne Arundel
Important News from MDOT and MTA
Severn River Bridge Notice:

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will temporarily close the right lane of westbound US 50 (John Hanson Highway) between the MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) on-ramp and the Severn River Bridge next week for bridge repairs. The right lane closure will remain in effect day and night until the work is complete on March 25, weather permitting. The weeklong, 24/7 right lane closure is necessary to ensure worker safety due to the proximity of the work area and traffic on westbound US 50, as well as the required time for the new concrete to achieve its necessary load-bearing weight.
The work includes replacing damaged guardrail, concrete aprons and posts. Starting at 8 p.m. Monday, crews will begin placing protective concrete barriers along the right lane within the project limits. Drivers, particularly those traveling from southbound MD 2 onto westbound US 50, must remain alert as they merge into the US 50 travel lanes. Drivers should plan on extra commute time and consider using alternate routes.
Customers with questions about this project may call the State Highway Administration District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603. For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, visit the project portal. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to
"Why Mental Health Matters" Meeting
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 or call 877-546-5595.
Unemployment Insurance
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.
Anne Arundel County Public School News
Five Students in Running for 2023-2024 Board of Education Seat
Five high school juniors from across the county have been nominated to be the 2023-2024 Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) of Anne Arundel County, the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils (CRASC) announced.
The nominees are:
·    Indu Bodala, Glen Burnie High School
·    Peter Chiweshe, Broadneck High School
·    Eric Lin, Severna Park High School
·    Sophia Nwanze, Crofton High School
·    Taryn Reinhart, Annapolis High School
Interactive Redistricting Website
An interactive web tool is available online (at this LINK) for members of the public to review and comment on a pair of potential redistricting scenarios. 
Comments on the potential scenarios will be accepted through May 31, 2023. Comments to be considered must be left on the redistricting page, not on other social media pages.
Dr. Bedell will deliver his recommendation to the BOE this July. The Board has the authority to develop options other than the scenarios presented by the consultant or any recommendation from Dr. Bedell. The Board will select an option or options to take to public hearing this October before adopting a plan for Phase 1 (northern portion of the county) in November 2023. The plan adopted by the Board will go into effect in August 2024.
The full press release can be found HERE.
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
General Assembly Office Schedule
My Chief of Staff, Nancy Lipin Crawford, Legislative Aide, Ash-Lynn Randolph, and Interns, Zoey Nichols and Ama Addo will be working Monday through Friday to respond to any Constituent concerns.

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

Pamela Beidle
Senator, District 32
Finance Committee
Chair Executive Nominations