Report on 2022 Maryland Legislative Session

Cutting taxes for seniors

and working families

To help our constituents faced with rising prices, our top priority this year has been:

Income tax relief for retirees, reducing state taxes on retirement income for the overwhelming majority of Marylanders.

Ending sales tax on childcare products important to working families, including diapers, car seats, baby bottles, and toothbrushes.

Gas tax relief for drivers burdened by the skyrocketing gas prices.

Stopping health insurance price hikes

For years, we’ve worked to expand access to health insurance and to hold down rates. For the past two years, rates have been the lowest in America. To keep them down, we passed Senate Bill 395 which will continue to block rate increases.

Fighting climate change

We passed the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, SB 528, to cut greenhouse gas emissions 60 percent by 2031 and achieve net zero emissions by 2045. The law requires buildings 35,000 square feet and larger to reduce direct emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2040. Separate bills will convert the state’s car and light truck fleets from gasoline to electric by 2033 (HB 94) and establish a three-year pilot program to transition Maryland’s 7,300 school buses from electric to diesel (HB 696).

Other priorities

Cracking down on drag racing: Too many of our neighborhoods are plagued with

dangerous drag racing. We passed Senate Bill 612 to increase fines, make speed contests on Maryland roads a “must appear” violation mandating that drivers face a judge. It also allows police to impound vehicles on the spot that are caught racing.

Investing state budget surplus in local schools: President Biden’s economic

recovery plan created hundreds of thousands of jobs — and thus boosted state

revenues — creating the first budget surplus in a decade. We put $800 million

in a special fund for teacher salaries and other school needs. We also boosted state funds for schools in Prince George’s by $36 million and Anne Arundel by $54 million.

Boosting funds for community policing and victims of crime: To protect our

neighborhoods from crime, we increased state aid by $100 million to fill police

vacancies and expand victim’s services, violence intervention programs, neighborhood

public safety grants, and body cameras and de-escalation training.

Supporting our community:

— $9.7 million for rebuilding Route One in College Park and $13.7million for

modernizing Route 175 in Odenton.

— To fix potholes and improve local roads, we increased state funding by $25.4 million

for Prince George's and $22.2 million for Anne Arundel.

— State grant to preserve affordable single family houses in College Park.

— More than $200,000 to improve the Waugh Chapel Swim Center in western Anne Arundel County.

— $400,000 for the Student Activities Center at St. Vincent Pallotti High School.

— $1 million to help restore the Dam ruins on the Patuxent River in Laurel.

— $5 million to build more affordable graduate student housing.

— $750,000 for the Hope House addiction treatment center In Laurel.

— $200,000 to construct a new playground for the Al Huda school in College Park.

We worked together on all these initiatives:

Delegate Peña-Melnyk, Vice Chair of the House Health Committee, worked on legislation to provide pregnant women and babies with healthcare, reduce insulin costs for patients with diabetes, and other measures to improve the health and education of our residents and most marginalized communities.

Delegate Lehman passed many of her initiatives, including protecting renters from unlicensed landlords, curbing car speeding contests, safeguarding the Patuxent River Watershed, and protecting animals.

Delegate Barnes, Chair of the House Education Subcommittee, delivered historic funding for local schools in the classrooms helping all kids.

— To help small businesses train skilled workers and young people get good careers, Senator Rosapepe won $25 million to expand apprenticeship in healthcare, IT, public safety, and other occupations.

If reelected, Delegate Peña-Melnyk will be the new chair of the House Health Committee and Delegate Barnes will be the new Chair of House Appropriations Committee. Senator Rosapepe is Vice Chair of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee and Delegate Lehman is member of the House Environment and Transportation Committee.

We want to hear from you!

In recent months, we've been working hard to represent you on many important priorities, such as improving our schools, protecting our environment, making our neighborhoods safer, and fighting increases in electric rates and health insurance costs.

There's much more to be done, and we want to hear your ideas. Just contact us at 301-858-3141 or

Find a testing site in your community.

The State, County, and private providers are offering COVID 19 testing on demand. Testing is important for each of our families and for our whole community. It's about our physical health and about our economic health. For our children to go back to school safely, and for all of us to go back to work sites safely, we need to make sure that we are not exposing others to the virus.

Click here to find a test site near you.

Update on unemployment insurance

If you have still not gotten your unemployment insurance, please let us know. Email us at We will contact the right people in the Department of Labor and do everything we can to get your money ASAP.