Inclusion of all people is what makes our state so great and I will continue to fight against discrimination and create opportunities to celebrate our differences.

Inclusion of all people is what makes our state so great and I will continue to fight against discrimination and create opportunities to celebrate our differences.  Maryland is a progressive state that moves boldly in equality. We are the first to win marriage equality as a ballot initiative and are proud of the growing diversity. Proactive Immigration reform is the right way to address an ever-growing population and I was proud to co-sponsor the Maryland DREAM Act, creating a path to higher education for qualifying undocumented students.

Our seniors worked tirelessly their entire lives and earned their retirement. The mental, physical, and financial well being of seniors impacts everyone.

It is important to focus on improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens, people with learning and physical disabilities and ensure the availability of assistive technology, transportation, housing, education, and employment. I will continue to support legislation that strengthens accessibility and increases funding for projects benefiting the disabled community and their families.

Bills I sponsored/co-sponsored:

 • HB438, Civil Marriage Protection Act, marriage equality while prohibiting violation of personal rights for officiate to be required to perform civil union.

HB 202, Education – Discrimination Prohibited – Protected Classes, increases protection against discrimination in the employment of public school employees.

HB 329 Public Information Act – Required Denials – Senior Citizen Activities Centers, requires records to be kept for denials.

HB1161 Commission on Special Education Access and Equity, requires commission to report findings and recommendations to Governor.