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⏰ The Final Countdown! ⏰

April 5, 2023

Dear Neighbor,

 

As we near the end of this Legislative Session, I have been hard at work in the House helping to pass legislation that will benefit not only my constituency, but Maryland as a whole. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had great opportunities to meet with local and State leaders on a number of critical issues. See below for updates from the community, my meeting with advocacy leaders, and important upcoming events in the District!


My next newsletter will be my 2023 End of Session Letter, outlining the entire 90 days of the 445th legislative session!

 

Labor, CAAL, and Mom’s Demand Take Action in Annapolis

My colleagues and I have had the pleasure of speaking to so many advocates and constituents these last few weeks as bills in both chambers look for their best path forward.


As a daughter & granddaughter of Labor, I was incredibly proud to speak at #UnionNight in Annapolis with Metro Baltimore Council AFL - CIO Unions and Baltimore DC Metro Building Trades Council - BDCBT!


Earlier this week the Caucus of African American Leaders came to the House office building to speak to dozens of members on the bills that were most important to them! Members from across the State came to Annapolis for their 1st annual “CAAL @ the Capital”. It was great to hear their priorities and share with them what I’ve been working on this Session. Looking forward to their visit next year!


I was so excited to see my constituents and fellow members of Moms Demand Action MD making their voices heard this week on Lawyer’s Mall! Their advocacy has been critical as Maryland continues to make strides to address gun violence in our communities. I am so thankful of their work for all of our families.




 

Period Product Drive with JLA

Menstrual products should be accessible. PERIOD.

As a long time member of Junior League of Annapolis I am pleased to help get the word out on this great initiative!! Join me in supporting the #JLAnnapolis 2023 New Member Class in supporting local middle and high schools in Anne Arundel County by donating to our Period Product Drive through April 30th!


Visit bit.ly/jlaperiod to donate directly through the Amazon Wishlist. Or, if you wish to purchase products in-store, please email JLAPeriodDrive@gmail.com to arrange for drop off (there are several locations throughout Anne Arundel County).

 

2023 Michelle Obama Awards

Congratulations to all the amazing women that were honored last week at the Michelle Obama Awards! As a past recipient, I’m honored to stand among these women everyday as we serve our shared communities. Thank you to County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Caucus of African American Leaders for honoring these amazing women who are doing wonderful things for our shared communities and making it such a special evening!

 

Medicaid Renewal Information


Starting in May 2023, Medicaid renewals WILL NOT be automatic!! Please be sure to update your contact information by calling 443-510-7784. For more information, please visit here!

 

Beatbox Dads at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library

Please join the Anne Arundel County Library Saturday, April 8th from 10:30-11:30am for a fun live music performance from Baltimore’s own Beatbox Dads! The live music and movement program focuses on vocal percussion and language awareness for all ages. The program is free and open to all, click here for more information!





 

Youth Energy Summit


Constellation Energy is partnering with the National Energy Education Development Project to host a weeklong summit at UMBC that will introduce students to opportunities to learn and explore careers in clean, carbon-free energy. For more information and to apply, click here!

 

Maryland Safe Boating Course


A great parent-child opportunity to learn the “rules of the road” on the water together!


Prepare for this summer by taking this course that covers legal requirements, navigation rules, preparation and trailers, accidents, weather and water conditions, water sports, sailing and personal watercraft safety.

The Maryland Safe Boating Course is an eight-hour course and test that satisfies Maryland law for local people to operate any motorized boat in Maryland waters. Instructor: Gerry Young


Participants need to bring food and drinks for the 30-minute lunch break.


You must be pre-registered to attend. This course is for age 12+ - HOWEVER those age 12-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Saturday, April 15th from 8 am - 5 pm in the PMRC Meeting Room


$25 per participant


For more information, please call 410-263-7958 or email lmsimmons@annapolis.gov.

Register with code #2439 HERE!

 

Quiet Waters Park Earth Day Celebration and Blood Drive



Come celebrate Earth Day with Quiet Waters Park! On Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-2pm, stop by Quiet Waters for fun activities from a yard sale, to bird walks, to a shoreline clean up! Enjoy a fun and active earth day at our beautiful local park!










Plus, while there consider donating blood for Anne Arundel Medical Center! The mobile unit will be in the Blue Heron Parking lot, sign up with this link!











 

Arab American History Month Reading List


Choose your next read from our Arab American Heritage Month booklists! 📚





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


- Download books by Arab American authors in eBook and eAudiobook format to enjoy instantly using Overdrive/Libby and Cloud Library.

- Looking for more books written by Arabs and Arab Americans? Use NoveList’s “Advanced Search” feature to generate a list of books by specific ethnicities and cultural identities.

 

My 2023-2024 Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN!

Now accepting 2023-2024 Scholarship Applications!! 🗳


Each year, State Legislators have the honor of granting scholarships to eligible students from their home district. The Maryland Delegate Scholarship Program provides funds for enrollment in undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies at approved colleges, universities, and private career (or vocational) schools in the State of Maryland to eligible students. We are accepting applications for our 2023 - 2024 legislative scholarship through April 30th 2023.


**Reminder, you MUST be a resident of District30A** You can learn more about my scholarship on my website & apply here: https://forms.gle/YRhSCmV95E3yS2wB7 If you have any questions, please contact our office at dana.jones@house.state.md.us or at 410-841-3211.

 

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, 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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