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🏀 Crossing Over the Legislature!

March 22, 2024

Dear Neighbor,


The Freedom to Read Act Passes the House!

HB 785, the Freedom to Read Act, has officially passed the House! As the debate on the floor closed on the bill, I wanted to make sure everyone remembers the reason why this bill is necessary. Thank you to Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones for her co-sponsorship and steadfast support for protecting Maryland's libraries, librarians, and literature!

For more information about my full legislative agenda this session click HERE!

 

Herstory in the Making: Women’s Caucus Executive Board 24-26!

This week, I was elected to be the next President of the Women Legislators of Maryland! This is truly an honor, and I am so proud to spend the next two years serving alongside my fellow members of the Executive Board highlighted below. Originally the “Women’s Caucus”, it was founded in 1969 by women determined to correct the unequal treatment they experienced as legislators in the General Assembly.



It is the oldest women’s caucus in any State legislature, and it has previously been led by some of the foremost political leaders in our State, including our very own Lieutenant Governor, Aruna Miller! I look forward to a productive term working alongside my colleagues and Executive Director Ariyana Ward. Stay tuned for updates to come!




 

Crossover Recap!!



I am so proud of this package of 11 bills which will improve equitable access to telehealth services for students, boost recruitment and retention of firefighter and EMS personnel, help ensure every mother, child, and person in our State has the essential hygiene products they need to lead safe, healthy, and dignified lives as well as SO much more. I’m looking forward to fighting these next three weeks to get these accomplishments across the finish line! Thank you so much for your support!

 

Shamrock Shenanigans 🍀


Irish Eyes Were Smiling! Congratulations Annapolis St. Patrick's Parade on an absolutely stunning parade & celebration where thousands came out on a beautiful day. My family & I had a blast walking with our partners & friends from The City Of Annapolis & Gavin Buckley. Thank you, NaptownJohnny and all the organizers for making #Annapolis the ultimate place to paint the town green.

 

Rock your Socks: World Down Syndrome Day! 

Join me this week in celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! This day, 3/21, is dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the amazing abilities of individuals with Down Syndrome. Yesterday, I wore socks that don’t match to highlight the uniqueness, strength, and joy that individuals with Down Syndrome bring into our lives. So, let's rock our socks to show our support and raise awareness for Down syndrome. Join us in promoting acceptance, celebrating differences, and fostering a more inclusive world for all!

For more information on World Down’s Syndrome Day: https://www.worlddownsyndromeday.org


 

Rewarding Educational Excellence in MD!

🎓Looking for a college scholarship opportunity? My office is now accepting applications for the Delegate Dana Jones Scholarship Award for the 2024-2025 academic year. This scholarship is available to dedicated college students that reside in 30A who are eager to advance their education and contribute to our community's future. To access the details, requirements, and the application students please click here!

 


The fully completed application must be submitted to my office no later than April 30, 2024, and late/incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Additionally, students that were awarded scholarship funds last year, are eligible for reapplication! This scholarship is a testament to our commitment to education and the future of our constituents in District 30A. We look forward to reviewing student applications and supporting educational endeavors in the coming academic year.

 

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office through Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us. We are here to assist you through the application process.

 

Hoppy Adams Essay Contest Scholarship

The Hoppy Adams Foundation Announces its Annual High School Essay Contest for any “Annapolis Area High School Senior” who is scheduled to graduate in June 2024. Each Participant must select one prompt and write an Original Essay of 200-400 words:

 

1. “Do you believe that AI (artificial intelligence) will be good for the future? Why or why not?”

2. “Was your high school experience what you expected it to be?”

 

There are scholarship awards of $1,500 FOR 1st Place, $1,000 for 2nd Place, and $750 for 3rd Place.

 

The deadline to apply is April 14, 2024, and to submit mail your essay to THE HOPPY ADAMS FOUNDATION, 2100 BAY RIDGE AVE, ANNAPOLIS, MD 21403

 

For more information contact Ms. Gardenia Henson, Executive Director at (410) 266-6996 or visit www.HOPPYADAMS.Org

 

Peninsula Park Survey 

The Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking public input on potential improvements and amenities, if any, to the park. The department looks forward to everyone's participation and encourages you to share the graphic below with others. Please note that this survey is unrelated to the ongoing construction in the northeast part of the park. For questions email drp_capital-projects@aacounty.org & Click here for the survey: Peninsula Park Survey







 

Women’s History Month with AACPL!

March is Women’s History Month, a month of celebrating the many achievements and triumphs of women around the world. It is also a time to reflect on and honor the many struggles and obstacles women have faced throughout history and continue to face today.



Anne Arundel County Public Library observes Women’s History Month this March by sharing books to read, providing resources to learn from and hosting events that celebrate and empower women.




Celebrate Women's History Month at your local library by attending fun, educational events!

Visit our Women’s History Month events calendar for a complete list of programs.



Enrich your knowledge of women’s history using the library’s digital resources

  • Stream films about women’s history and films directed by women using Kanopy

  • Delve into the lives of historical and contemporary women like Frida Kahlo, Ella Fitzgerald, Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride using our Biography database.

  • Explore information on women's history, gender equality and women's rights using our Diversity Studies and Opposing Viewpoints databases.

  • Discover the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, diverse female perspectives from around the world and more using our U.S. History and World History databases.



Choose your next read from our lists of books about women's history!

 

  • Check out our booklists for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Download books by women in eBook and eAudiobook formats to enjoy instantly using Overdrive/Libby

  • Looking for more books written by female authors? Use NoveList’s “Advanced Search” feature to generate a list of books by gender identity.

 

You can follow me on Facebook, X, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at Dana.Jones@house.state.md.us or by phone at 410-841-3211.

Stay safe and healthy,





Delegate Dana Jones

District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County


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