445th Legislative Session Begins🏛️
January 13th, 2023
Sworn Into the 445th Legislative Session
Earlier this week, I was sworn into the Maryland House of Delegates to serve District 30A! This is an incredible honor, and I am so excited to continue working for you in the 445th Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly!
There is so much work to be done in the 90 day sprint, and I look forward to providing you weekly updates on the work I'm doing throughout the session. In the meantime, here are some photos from the first day of session!
Elected Vice-Chair, New Anne Arundel County Delegation Leadership
It is my honor to announce that I have been elected the Vice-Chair of the Anne Arundel County Delegation. This leadership position is extremely important to me, and I look forward to representing the interests of District 30A and all of Anne Arundel County!
I also would like to congratulate my colleague and dear friend, Delegate Heather Bagnall from District 33C on being elected Chair of the Anne Arundel County Delegation! I look forward to working together in this new leadership role for our county.
You can tune in to watch our weekly delegation meetings every Friday at the link here.
Reclaimed Annapolis Opens on Main Street!
Congratulations to Reclaimed Of Annapolis for their grand opening! They have worked hard to open their first of two planned stores in the city, and I love their combination of reclaimed furniture and home decor. Not to mention their stage for live music! Put this at the top of your to do list this weekend!!
Department of Legislative Services Construction Project
Please note the continuing construction on the replacement project of the Department of Legislative Services building on the Capitol campus. Upcoming important dates where construction will be closed: Dr. Martin Luther King, JR Birthday (Observed) 1/16: The project will remain open for construction activity. Gubernatorial Inaugural Ceremony—1/18: The project site will be closed for the day on 1/18.
For more detail and continuing updates, please visit the Maryland Stadium authority’s website.
Social Justice Movie Night
The Anne Arundel County Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is sponsoring an upcoming social justice movie night in partnership with Maryland Hall!
The 41-minute documentary, Testing the Divide, chronicles one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents since the enactment of America's landmark fair housing law. Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of potential minority homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island. The three-year probe strongly indicates that house hunting in one of the nation's most segregated suburbs poses substantial risks of discrimination, with black buyers chancing disadvantages almost half the time they enlist brokers.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP HERE as soon as possible!
Maryland Arts Council Grants
Apply HERE for the Maryland Arts Council’s grant program that provides financial support to artists. This program is critical, and provides needed flexibility and support to Maryland’s artist community. To be eligible:
Must be an artist providing evidence of regular creative practice.
Must produce or present projects or programs that are relevant to the community and accessible to the public.
Must be Maryland residents (owning or renting residential real property in Maryland at the time of application submission and throughout the funded project or program) and must be 18 years of age or older
May not be enrolled in any matriculated high school, undergraduate or graduate degree program.
Covid-19 Testing and Booster Shots
Make sure you are up to date on your Covid-19 boosters this holiday season, and take precautions by testing before and after seeing friends and family! See below for options to receive FREE at-home testing kits, or to schedule a vaccine appointment in Anne Arundel County today.
Pick-up free at-home tests:
Order free at-home tests to your door: www.covid.gov/tests
Schedule a vaccine appointment at one of 38 local clinics today: https://www.aacounty.org/covidvax
Historic London Town and Gardens Winter Hours
I am so excited about this! Historic London Town and Gardens is not only a gem of Anne Arundel County, but of Maryland as a whole! If you have not gone, it is a truly beautiful river side location with historic buildings, a museum, and gardens. It is now open for the winter with updated hours of Friday and Saturdays 10AM to 4PM. Bring the family and check it out!
Healing Library Kits
The Healing Library: Death of a Loved One is a set of materials that includes 8 books, guides for reading these books with children and relating them to personal experiences, therapeutic activities to help process emotions, and local resources.
These books and activities focus on how to help young children begin the process of healing when someone they love has died. They are suitable for a range of ages 2-10 years old. The kits can be requested to any branch location. The kits check out for 3 weeks.
For more information about the kits and where you can access them, click here.
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Stay safe and healthy,
Delegate Dana Jones
District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County