The latest news for you
Although the 2021 Maryland General Session has ended, our work is just beginning.
In addition to scheduling briefings and hearings in an effort to become familiar with issues that impact our constituents, I am working very hard to help my constituents resolve a myriad of quality of life issues.
I am committed to keeping you informed of County and State resources and events.
My Bills that Became Law
Senate Bill 14 Compensationto Individual Erroneously Convicted, Sentenced, and Confined (The Walter Lomax Act)
Senate Bill 65 (Chapter 673) Electricity-Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard-Tier 2
Senate Bill 100 (Chapter 100) Task Force of Oral Health in Maryland
Senate Bill 149 (Chapter 469) Insurance-Application of Premium Tax
Senate Bill 215 (Chapter 710) Maryland Department of Health Birth Registration
Senate Bill 384 (Chapter 776) Health Facilities- Residential Service Agencies
Senate Bill 428 (Chapter 617) Public Utilities- Annual Reports
Senate Bill 429 For-Hire Driving and Vehicles- Requirements
Senate Bill 430 Public Service Commission-Virtual Public Hearings
Senate Bill 497 Juvenile Services Education Board and Program- Establishment, Powers, and Duties
Senate Bill 507 (Chapter 472) Division of Consumer Protection-Assisted Living Programs
Keep watching for the next Session of the General Assembly when the Senate overrides Governor Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill 202- Correctional Services-Parole-Life Imprisonment.
Maryland Access Point (MAP)
Maryland Access Point (MAP) serves as the entry point for obtaining information, referrals, and options counseling for seniors, adults with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and professionals. The Baltimore County MAP phone number is 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists (CIRS), Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Can I Be Evicted While the State of Emergency is in Effect in Maryland?
Under the Governor's Executive Order, residential evictions for failure to pay rent actions are prohibited until after the State of Emergency is lifted. The extension is now August 15, 2021. Click below for more information.
Vaccines are one of the safest tools to protect you against serious illness and prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, like COVID-19. Did you know that each week the Baltimore County Department of Health posts a vaccine schedule.? Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 311 or the Covid Hotline at 410-887-3816.
What if I want to get the Covid-19 vaccine but am unable to leave my home?
For those who are medically homebound and unable to travel to a vaccine clinic, please email the Department of Health at COVIDVax@baltimorecountymd.gov or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816. Someone will contact you to schedule a time to receive your vaccine in your home.
JULY 1 BEGINS A 45-DAY GRACE PERIOD
Although Governor Hogan is ending the Federal Unemployment Benefits on July 3rd, he has granted a 45-day grace period for certain regulations:
· MVA DRIVER'S LICENSE EXTENSION
· NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATION
· NURSING HOME OVERSIGHT
· COVID TESTING BY PHARMACISTS
· EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES
· HEALTHCARE LICENSE EXTENSION
For a complete list, please visit Governor Hogan's website.
There is no shame in seeking help to combat mental illnesses
Health care experts say mental illnesses are common in the United States, with nearly one in five adults living with a mental illness.
Mental illness can range in severity from mild to moderate to severe.
Don't suffer alone. If you or a family member are suffering from a mental illness, there is no shame in seeking help.
RESOURCES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Alzheimer's Association Helpline: 800-272-3900 Grassroots Crisis Line- suicide intervention hotline: 410-531-6677 Maryland Youth Crisis- suicide and other interventions: 800-422-0009 Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline: 410-828-6390 Baltimore County Bureau of Behavioral Health: 410-88-REACH for information and referral to substance use treatment
Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Need help finding assistance?
Call the Maryland Emergency Rental Assistance Call Center at 877-546-5595
Monday to Friday: 8 AM to 7 PM
Saturdays: 9 AM to 4 PM.
Mortgage Late? Don't Wait!
If you are facing financial problems and cannot pay your mortgage, don't delay. There are options to help you keep your home. For more information on assistance in preventing foreclosure, call the Maryland Hope Hotline at 1-877-462-7555.
Behind on Your Gas and Electric?
Help is on the way for qualified Maryland residents who fell behind with their gas and electric bills. The Maryland Public Service Commission allocated $83 million in state funding to utilities as required by the RELIEF Act passed by the Maryland General Assembly.
Only residential customer accounts with arrearages that accumulated before June 30, 2021 are eligible to have the funding applied. The RELIEF Act directed that the grants be applied to amounts owed by customers in the following order:
· Category 1: Customers who have received energy assistance from the state’s Office of Home Energy Programs within the last four years;
· Category 2: Customers who have special medical needs certificates on file with their utility; and,
· Category 3: Customers with the oldest arrearages.
For more information, click here: Public Service Commission's Press Release.
We are here to help
I am honored to be your legislative representative for District 10 in Baltimore County. Please feel free to contact my office at 410-841-3606 if you have legislative concerns or any difficulty with a State agency.
Stay healthy and have a safe summer,
Senator Delores G. Kelley
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