This was Authorized in 2018 by Friends of Chrissy Holt; Monica Lindsey, Campaign Chair. Nancy Williamson, Treasurer.

Healthy Communities

Equity — Starting with campaign finance reform, I will absolutely support the resolution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling to clean up politics. 

 

Gun Safety — Fortunately for all of us in Maryland, many of our Democratic legislators such as Speaker Mike Busch have been some of the most successful in the country in passing sensible gun laws. Over the last decade, we have implemented important and life-saving legislation such as mandatory gun safety training for some types of firearms, passed a law limiting the number of guns that can be purchased at one time, and mandated design safety standards on handguns. Read more on my position here.

Equity — Starting with campaign finance reform, I will absolutely support the resolution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling to clean up politics. 

 

Gun Safety — Fortunately for all of us in Maryland, many of our Democratic legislators such as Speaker Mike Busch have been some of the most successful in the country in passing sensible gun laws. Over the last decade, we have implemented important and life-saving legislation such as mandatory gun safety training for some types of firearms, passed a law limiting the number of guns that can be purchased at one time, and mandated design safety standards on handguns. Read more on my position here.

Livable Wage — Maryland is one of the richest states in America, yet our poverty rates are rising. Montgomery County raised their minimum wage to $15/hr (fully implemented by 2020) which promises to benefit both employees and employers who will see better retention of employees. I support the current bills in the House and Senate, HB664 and SB0543, to raise the statewide wage to a substantial $15/hour that will rise with the cost of living and be fully implemented by 2023. This will greatly help Marylanders who work low wage jobs, many of which are women and minorities and help raise standards of living in underserved communities.

Livable Wage — Maryland is one of the richest states in America, yet our poverty rates are rising. Montgomery County raised their minimum wage to $15/hr (fully implemented by 2020) which promises to benefit both employees and employers who will see better retention of employees. I support the current bills in the House and Senate, HB664 and SB0543, to raise the statewide wage to a substantial $15/hour that will rise with the cost of living and be fully implemented by 2023. This will greatly help Marylanders who work low wage jobs, many of which are women and minorities and help raise standards of living in underserved communities.

Women's Issues — We need childcare reform, access to safe housing, the list goes on...Growing up as a latchkey kid, I have been working to support myself since I was very young. My salary has not kept pace with inflation or my male counterparts. One boss admitted that I was about "$10K off." I couldn’t change jobs because of health insurance. 

 

Both the Senate and House have passed bills (HB 1 and SB 2) that terminate parental rights of rapists.  This would allow a rape victim who became pregnant to ask a court to terminate her assailant’s rights if she can provide “clear and convincing proof” that the father committed a rape. Maryland is one of only six states that do not already have such protections. This act is well on its way to becoming law. We must continue to protect all victims and survivors of abuse with solid legislation. 

 

We support the Women's Caucus policy recommendations for sexual harassment and assault in the Maryland General Assembly and everywhere. These include increasing sexual harassment training availability and frequency by ensuring a full training takes place within 15 business days of swearing in at the start of each new term and additional initial trainings take place within 15 days of swearing in for new members appointed mid-term, as well as again every two years. We support more reporting/accountability structures and cultural changes to protect a woman’s right to work harassment-free.

Women's Issues — We need childcare reform, access to safe housing, the list goes on...Growing up as a latchkey kid, I have been working to support myself since I was very young. My salary has not kept pace with inflation or my male counterparts. One boss admitted that I was about "$10K off." I couldn’t change jobs because of health insurance. 

 

Both the Senate and House have passed bills (HB 1 and SB 2) that terminate parental rights of rapists.  This would allow a rape victim who became pregnant to ask a court to terminate her assailant’s rights if she can provide “clear and convincing proof” that the father committed a rape. Maryland is one of only six states that do not already have such protections. This act is well on its way to becoming law. We must continue to protect all victims and survivors of abuse with solid legislation. 

 

We support the Women's Caucus policy recommendations for sexual harassment and assault in the Maryland General Assembly and everywhere. These include increasing sexual harassment training availability and frequency by ensuring a full training takes place within 15 business days of swearing in at the start of each new term and additional initial trainings take place within 15 days of swearing in for new members appointed mid-term, as well as again every two years. We support more reporting/accountability structures and cultural changes to protect a woman’s right to work harassment-free.

Education — Education is one of the most important gifts to our children and our society along with healthcare. District-30 schools are overcrowded, teachers are underpaid and owed raises that they are told may never come. Students of color continue to suffer racial discrimination and bias. In 2017, several Anne Arundel County Schools did not have adequate heat while Governor Hogan promised tax breaks to billion dollar corporations. This is unacceptable. We must fully fund schools and teachers with robust salaries, training, and adequate mental health assistance for students, faculty, and staff. We must work toward dismantling racism and discrimination and we must demand transparency from school administrations. The collective District 30 community depends on excellent public schools that serve all students with a safe and globally competitive education.

Education — Education is one of the most important gifts to our children and our society along with healthcare. District-30 schools are overcrowded, teachers are underpaid and owed raises that they are told may never come. Students of color continue to suffer racial discrimination and bias. In 2017, several Anne Arundel County Schools did not have adequate heat while Governor Hogan promised tax breaks to billion dollar corporations. This is unacceptable. We must fully fund schools and teachers with robust salaries, training, and adequate mental health assistance for students, faculty, and staff. We must work toward dismantling racism and discrimination and we must demand transparency from school administrations. The collective District 30 community depends on excellent public schools that serve all students with a safe and globally competitive education.

Criminal Justice Reform — We need to end the failed war on drugs and reform the system that puts too many of our citizens behind bars. Mass incarceration for nonviolent crimes is wrong and our drug policies leave too much room for subjective enforcement that disproportionately harms minority communities.