Coming off the Independence Day time frame and with all of the turmoil in our country, I wanted to be sure to share with you how I'm engaged in pushing back against false narratives My concern over what is happening in Baltimore City continues to grow. I resist and will continue to resist the idea to defund the police. Instead, we should focus on training and the use of body cameras.
Columbus Statue Toppled
I was recently interviewed on WBAL Radio about the outrageous vandalism and destruction of the Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore City over the July 4th weekend. The response from Baltimore City's government - and frankly from so-called "community leaders" is unacceptable. The fact that there was no attempt to prevent this act and that there have been no consequences for these individuals yet sends the wrong message. That same weekend 9 people were shot in Baltimore City including a three year old! Emotional anger does not and should never trump the rule of law OR reasoned debate and discussion about problems in a community. You can listen to the full interview by clicking here.
State Circle Interview: Governor Hogan's In-Person Voting Announcement & Police Body Camera Task Force
Last Friday, I was a guest on Maryland Public Television's "State Circle" program opposite Senator Charles Sydnor. We discussed body camera task force we've been appointed to aiming to make the technology, storage and personnel costs more affordable for police forces who want to use them and Governor Hogan's decision to have full in person voting for the 2020 General Election with absentee applications being mailed. To watch the full video, click here.
Looking for a Day Trip?
On a lighter note, the state of Maryland offers no shortage of State Parks and camping grounds for getting away. In light of COVID-19, families are redesigning their vacation plans choosing the outdoors over enclosed spaces. We have an incredible network of State Parks to enjoy. The Maryland Park Service offers more than 2,000 campsites, 120 full-service and camper cabins, and 100 picnic shelters to guests. Typically campsites run in the $20-30/night range, making it accessible to Maryland families of all incomes.
Constituents can locate a full list of parks (by region) and related fees here. Further, they can also reserve campsites online and in advance allowing campers the certainty that there is a campsite available when they arrive.
Also of note, the National Park Service offers a tremendous resource for planning a visit. Use this link for park information and resources. There are 28 National Park assets in Maryland!
As always, I want you to know it is my honor to represent you in the State Senate. Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at [email protected] or by contacting my office.