Delegate Nicole A. Williams’ Newsletter February 22

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Dear Neighbors and Friends –

Session is moving quickly, as we are nearly halfway done! Our office, as always, is excited to be sharing new updates with you regarding legislation, veto overrides and more. There is also quite a bit of state and local news, especially regarding the recent enactment of the Maryland RELIEF Act by Governor Hogan.

On February 11th, Governor Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) would be providing up to 1 million COVID-19 tests for schools. Additionally, the MDH will begin allowing limited visitation at hospitals and nursing homes across the state as early as March 1st. Governor Hogan also shared news last week that the state has officially reached the milestone of administering 1 million COVID-19 vaccines. This is significant progress towards ending this pandemic and returning to a sense of normal.

The enactment of the Maryland RELIEF Act last week is a much-needed step towards our recovery as a state from the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation will help both Marylanders with direct stimulus checks and additional unemployment benefits, as well as small businesses with tax credits and COVID-19 loan and grant forgiveness. Later on in this newsletter, we provide a full explanation of what the Maryland RELIEF Act entails, as well as additional resources, such as how to check the status of your state stimulus check. 

In local news, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) released their reopening plan last week. This plan focuses on a hybrid model, with students splitting between virtual learning a majority of time and in-person instruction two days a week. Families will be able to opt-in to this model, choosing whether or not to send children to school or continue the distanced learning style. This plan is set to go into effect on April 8th for students in special education, Pre-K through 6th grade, and 12th grade, and on April 15th for middle and high school students. 

Lastly, I am excited to announce that our annual delegate’s scholarship is now live! If you or someone you know is applying to or currently attending any college/trade school in Maryland, lives in District 22, and has at least a 2.5 GPA, then be sure to check out the application form later in this newsletter. For accessibility, there is both an English and Spanish version of this form!

I am very much looking forward to the second half of the session, as we have so much more left to accomplish. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. 

– Nicole

Read the rest of the newsletter for information on the Legislative Session, COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines, Maryland RELIEF Act, District 22 Delegate Scholarship and more.