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⚾Leading in the Legislature and on the Field!

March 8, 2024

Dear Neighbor,

Legislative Wins for 30A! 


✔️✔️This past week two more legislative wins passed the House this morning with nearly unanimous bipartisan support!! 


⛵- HB 256 will work to develop an innovative emergency alert system for Maryland’s waterways, helping to improve safety for all on the water! Our jewel of the Chesapeake Bay is an amazing resource and place of recreation for people across Maryland. While we have some of the best emergency response times, on-the-water emergencies present additional response hazards, and lives can be saved by alerting boaters already on the water. Maryland needs to determine how we can best alert people of emergencies or hazards that may be taking place on our waterways. HB 256 will work with a group of key stakeholders to determine the best system to keep Marylanders safe and informed on the water! 



🐚- HB 857 will allow harvest hour flexibility for Shellfish aquaculture businesses in Maryland, helping to make Maryland open for aquaculture! As the House member of the Aquaculture Coordinating Council, graciously appointed by Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, I'm charged with advancing Maryland’s Aquaculture industry throughout Maryland. There are incredible businesses up and down the Chesapeake Bay that help improve our environment while providing oysters that we all love. HB 857 will help provide needed flexibility to our aqua-culturists during the shortened summer harvest window to make these vital small businesses more economically viable!


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

 

Focusing on Families: Health & Social Services Subcommittee


This past week, I'm very proud to have chaired a Health and Social Services subcommittee briefing! We heard from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, The Child Support Administration, and The Office of Home Energy Programs, and drilling down on their budgets to maximize their benefit to Maryland families! Throughout the session, we have heard from numerous departments that provide vital services in our State. As we near the completion of the budgetary process, I look forward to working with my colleagues in HSS and Appropriations to support these programs while maintain fiscal responsibility.


If you have any questions about the budget process, please feel free to contact my office at dana.jones@house.state.md.us

 

Leading Ladies & Empowerment at the Plate! 

It's always going to be a good time when America's largest caucus of Women Legislators visits the Governor's mansion! Thank you so much to Governor Moore and the First Lady for hosting the caucus, and sharing his appreciation and outlook for our continued partnership.



I also want to highlight an amazing Maryland woman honored this week!!

 

A trail blazer in her profession, and in Major League Baseball, Nicole Sherry has been the head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles since November 2006. She is one of only 2 women in MLBs history to be a head groundskeeper. She has been recognized as a prominent national leader in her field and Mrs. Sherry is a role model in our State for women and girls looking to pursue careers that traditionally have been male dominated. If you go to an Oriole's game this Spring, and you see that amazing natural grass field, please remember the incredible person behind this Maryland icon! 

 

I was proud to stand alongside my amazing Women's Legislators Caucus colleagues and honor her on the House Floor this week! #LetsGoO's


 

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. 

 

Imagination Unleashed: Celebrating Read Across America Day! 

📚Supporting children's literacy is not just about teaching children to read; it's about opening doors to new worlds, fostering imagination, and building a foundation for lifelong learning and success. I am so appreciative to @Maryland State Education Association and Big Bird for celebrating #ReadAcrossAmerica Day. 

 

💙This year I donated, "The Monster at the End of This Book" starring Grover. We read this book no less than a thousand times with our son, every single time laughing harder, always ending with "AGAIN! AGAIN!" The very sight of this book brings back the best memories of our early literacy days.

 

What are your favorite books to read with your children?


 

☘️ Celebrate St. Patty’s in Annapolis! 

☘️ Annapolis St Patty’s Day Parade! 

This year’s parade will be Sunday, March 17, 2024 starting at 1pm. The route lasts approximately 2.5 hours and specific route directions can be found HERE

Paid parking is arranged at the Navy/Marine Corps Stadium opening at 10 AM, available for pre-register HERE. Parade Buses sponsored by Naptown Events will be free all day! 


☘️ Shamrock the Dock! 

This two day event features a festival for all ages at City Dock featuring Irish Dancers, Pipe Bands, and International Acts. 

There will be a main stage featuring Bands such as Seven Nations, Scythian, Barley Juice, The Doug Segree Band, Carbon Leaf and all the way from Scotland, Skerryvore!  


The second stage and tent will showcase Irish Dancing, pipe bands and other acts. Lots more fun like…

  • Face Painting (Fee Associated)

  • Irish Dance Lessons

  • Fun Games

  • Giveaways

  • Fun Characters

  • Stilt Walkers

  • and More!

General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased HERE!


☘️ St. Patrick’s Hooley’s! 

 The 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Hooley is also known as the official Irish Parade Kick-Off Party. This evening event honors our Grand Marshals both past and present. It is also a chance to enjoy great live Irish music, traditional & delicious Irish fare, an open bar with specialty cocktails, and to celebrate all that is Irish with family & friends.

 

For more information click HERE! 

 

Women’s History Month Kickoff!

Throughout the month of March and Women’s History month, we will be recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the State of Maryland and Annapolis, and uplift the influential women who inspire us. Today I want to recognize and celebrate Sarah V. Jones, the first Black woman superintendent of all Colored Anne Arundel County Public Schools!

 

Jones ensured that students of color in Anne Arundel County received high-quality education and had equal opportunities for success. She only hired highly educated teachers and required them to have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, allowing students of color to learn from some of the most qualified teachers in the county.


To stay updated with our recognition posts throughout the month of March, click HERE!

 

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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