Senator J.B. Jennings

Senator J.B. Jennings Proudly serving the constituents of Legislative District 7 in Annapolis. By Authority: Friends of J.B. Jennings, Jennifer Janson, Treasurer

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with some amazing kids who visited Annapolis in honor of “Developmental Disabilit...
02/19/2020

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with some amazing kids who visited Annapolis in honor of “Developmental Disabilities Day at the Legislature.” They joined hundreds of fellow advocates, families and policy makers to voice their opinions about 2020 legislative priorities that can help create a better tomorrow for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. I can’t wait to see them again next year!

Maryland Senate Republicans
02/18/2020

Maryland Senate Republicans

Senate Republicans Press for Expanded Priorities in Kirwan Bill

Kirwan Bill must address classroom environment to improve student success

Annapolis, Md. – Today, Republicans on the Senate Budget & Taxation and Education, Health and Environment Committees are participating in a Joint Hearing on SB1000 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future – that would implement the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.

Senator Andrew Serafini testified on the bill and was joined by experts from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and San Mar Community and Family Services to discuss how critical a positive and productive classroom environment is to student success.

“Our members believe in a world-class education for every child in the State and appreciate the time and efforts of the Kirwan Commission,” said Senator Andrew Serafini who sits on the Budget and Tax Committee. “However, we do not believe in making a $4 billion annual investment in a plan that does not adequately address the classroom environment. Our members hear over and over from teachers and parents that the biggest obstacle to student success and teacher retention is the classroom environment. Students are coming to school with more mental health issues, trauma and other challenges that are not appropriately or adequately addressed in an educational setting. We need our teachers to be the teaching experts, and we need to support them with a strong network of other professionals to provide ‘wraparound’ services outside of the classroom to work with struggling students and their families.”

Senator Serafini’s testimony is just one of numerous efforts over the past three years encouraging the Kirwan Commission to address the classroom environment in Maryland’s Public Schools.

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The hearing for Senate Bill 1000 - also known as the "Kirwan Bill"- is being fast tracked through the legislature with a...
02/17/2020

The hearing for Senate Bill 1000 - also known as the "Kirwan Bill"- is being fast tracked through the legislature with a joint hearing scheduled for TODAY at noon in the Department of Legislative Services Building Joint Hearing Room.

You can tune in and listen to the live proceedings to stay abreast of this important issue, which is projected to cost an estimated $4 billion per year in new spending.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Meetings/Day/02172020?cmte=ehe

Attention! The hearing for Senate Bill 1000 - also known as the "Kirwan Bill"- is being fast tracked through the legisla...
02/14/2020

Attention! The hearing for Senate Bill 1000 - also known as the "Kirwan Bill"- is being fast tracked through the legislature with a joint hearing scheduled for THIS Monday, February 17th at noon in the Department of Legislative Services Building Joint Hearing Room. Oral and written testimony sign ups are being held from 9AM to 5PM TODAY and from 9AM-11AM on Monday before the hearing begins. For more information, please contact Stacy Goodman at 410-841-3661.

Your opinion matters! Please take the following poll about public education in Maryland.
02/13/2020
Public School Obstacles to Student Learning Poll

Your opinion matters! Please take the following poll about public education in Maryland.

As everybody knows, all schools are different and face their own unique sets of challenges. As we begin to dissect the contents of this highly anticipated bill, I would greatly appreciate you sharing with me what you consider to be the biggest obstacle to student learning in the public school locate...

Two years ago, I welcomed my friend Dr. Thomas Scalea and his team from the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to Annap...
02/13/2020

Two years ago, I welcomed my friend Dr. Thomas Scalea and his team from the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center to Annapolis to perform "Stop the Bleed" training for legislators and staff.

Stop the Bleed, a critical lifesaving measure for someone who has suffered a major trauma and is bleeding, is more simple than most people realize: either apply direct pressure to the wound, use pressure points to reduce blood flow, or apply a tourniquet to cut off flow completely.

Yesterday Dr. Scalea reinforced to the public the absolute importance of everyone knowing how to Stop the Bleed. It saved the life of one of our heroes who was shot in the line of duty in Baltimore City less than 24 hours ago.

For more information or to register for a Stop the Bleed training course, please visit https://www.umms.org/ummc/health-services/shock-trauma/patient-information/stop-the-bleed

Thank you for all that you do, Dr. Scalea and team. We are so fortunate to have you in Maryland. Above all, thank you to our brave law enforcement officers who put everything on the line everyday to keep us safe. My thoughts and prayers remain with the two brave officers who were injured yesterday.

It was a pleasure welcoming my Maryland Farm Bureau friends from Baltimore and Harford Counties to Annapolis today as th...
02/12/2020

It was a pleasure welcoming my Maryland Farm Bureau friends from Baltimore and Harford Counties to Annapolis today as they advocated for Maryland’s agriculture community. Thank you for your leadership on behalf of such a vital component of our state’s economy!

#Session2020 #MDGA2020 #MarylandPolitics

Thank you, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, for visiting Annapolis this week to show your support for Senate Bill ...
02/11/2020
Harford County Sheriff Opposes Bill Ending ICE Partnership

Thank you, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, for visiting Annapolis this week to show your support for Senate Bill 332, which would help address public safety issues that could ensue when sanctuary counties do not honor detainers from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

https://patch.com/maryland/belair/harford-county-sheriff-opposes-bill-ending-ice-partnership
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Three sheriffs, including Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, oppose bills in Annapolis that would end immigration enforcement programs.

02/11/2020

Catch me live NOW on WBAL 1090 regarding violence in Baltimore City.

Today we honor and remember two of Harford County’s fallen heroes, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class M...
02/10/2020

Today we honor and remember two of Harford County’s fallen heroes, Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. #HarfordStrong

From the article:Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, said Republicans have many questions about the Kirwan b...
02/07/2020
Maryland lawmakers file ‘groundbreaking,’ expensive bill for sweeping overhaul of state’s public schools

From the article:
Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, said Republicans have many questions about the Kirwan bill that they’re hoping to hash out with Democrats.' For example, Jennings said, the plan doesn’t address school safety or reducing class sizes.

On top of that, there’s no clear way to pay for it, he said.

“The big thing is: How are they going to fund this? What’s their funding source?” asked Jennings, who represents Harford and Baltimore counties. “It sounds like what they are going to do is come up with these little, small avenues of revenue by this tax, that tax, this loophole, that loophole.”

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-ga-kirwan-bill-20200207-5uhfswwmefg3ti77kmamdasmtq-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0ItgtPXU_M-CA2xa0amorYCNeDrwEFVhJ8CAtLM45dsYixjFYjIJ3N_IY

Maryland lawmakers filed a “groundbreaking” but expensive 199-page bill Thursday that would mean a sweeping overhaul of the state’s public schools ― boosting teacher pay, expanding vocational training and funding additional services for children in the poorest communities.

02/06/2020
From Governor Hogan's State of the State address today: “Every issue I have talked about here today, and all of the bill...
02/06/2020

From Governor Hogan's State of the State address today:

“Every issue I have talked about here today, and all of the bills you will be considering over the next 61 days, are important and worthy of debate and discussion. But none of them are nearly as important as addressing the out-of-control violent crime, the shootings, and murders that are destroying Baltimore City.”

I agree with the Governor that crime is the most important issue facing the legislature this year. Do you?

Photo credit of the Governor's Office.

“Hogan said the state has invested $1 billion in public safety in Baltimore City. He said he plans to discuss details on...
02/04/2020
Hogan reinforces crime as top priority, talks about squeegee kids

“Hogan said the state has invested $1 billion in public safety in Baltimore City. He said he plans to discuss details on his violent crime proposals Wednesday in his State of the State address.”

I look forward to hearing more from the Governor this week on the most important issue facing the legislature in 2020 - reducing crime.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wbaltv.com/amp/article/maryland-governor-larry-hogan-crime-top-priority-baltimore-squeegee-kids/30754562

Gov. Larry Hogan reinforced Monday that crime reduction in Baltimore City is his No. 1 priority this legislative session.

Two weeks ago I introduced SB 884 which would require School Resource Officers (SROs) in every Maryland jurisdiction to ...
02/01/2020
Legislator pushes for bill that would arm Baltimore City schools resource officers

Two weeks ago I introduced SB 884 which would require School Resource Officers (SROs) in every Maryland jurisdiction to carry a firearm while on the premises of the school to which they are assigned. Currently Baltimore City is the only jurisdiction in Maryland that prohibits SROs from carrying service weapons in school buildings. I introduced similar legislation last year, but it did not pass the Senate

As I said to WBAL yesterday, legislators in Annapolis are afforded the protection of armed troopers when we are at work; who are we to say that we want to be protected, but our kids - our most precious resource - don't deserve the same protection at school?

Unfortunately, the Baltimore City Delegation does not agree with me. What are your thoughts on this issue?

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/legislator-pushes-for-bill-that-would-arm-schools-resource-officers-in-baltimore/30716688?fbclid=IwAR0CUk8RswUufsNHsSMW-l53pwdZE1-CpJAYthpMxDmUXQrGhLkYiP5ShCI

As of now, it is against the law for Baltimore City School police officers to carry their weapons on campus, but legislators outside the beltway are leading the charge to fully arm school cops.

Attention Harford County residents: registration is now open for a free conference to help teens and young adults with I...
01/31/2020
Transitioning Youth Expo | Harford County, MD

Attention Harford County residents: registration is now open for a free conference to help teens and young adults with Individualized Education Plans and 504 Plans transition successfully from high school to adulthood. Harford County’s 2020 Expo for Transitioning Youth is planned for Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Bel Air High School. Young people, families, educators, and other professionals are welcome. The expo will include workshops and more than 50 exhibitors and representatives from vendors, agencies, organizations and support groups.

Workshops for both diploma and certificate track students will include:

· Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and work incentives - outlines information about how individuals with differing abilities may work and still qualify for cash benefits and medical insurance;

· College 101 - helps students and their parents navigate their college journey;

· Begin with the End in Mind – develops planning strategies to ensure a student’s transition into adulthood is successful.

· Getting Out There: Increasing Opportunities for Social Success – shows students how to expand social opportunities and personal interests to create a full and rich life.

Additional workshops will cover the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA), the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), estate planning, and mastering money after high school. A complete listing of workshops and their descriptions is available, along with registration forms, at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2385/Transitioning-Youth-Expo. Registration is strongly encouraged. To register by phone or request a printed participation registration brochure, contact the Department of Community Services’ Office of Disability Services at 410-638-3389.

"The Maryland General Assembly voted Thursday to override five bills vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan, including a measure tha...
01/30/2020
Maryland General Assembly overrides Gov. Hogan vetoes of 5 bills, including “ban the box” legislation

"The Maryland General Assembly voted Thursday to override five bills vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan, including a measure that prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about any criminal history on job applications."

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-veto-overrides-20200130-eimmmld6gzahdggfquzilicltm-story.html

The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override five bills vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan, including a measure that prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about any criminal history on job applications.

Congratulations to Jennifer and Adam Wilson and Ruth Ann Lowe Smith of the Wil-Low-S at Lowe Point Farm, located in the ...
01/29/2020

Congratulations to Jennifer and Adam Wilson and Ruth Ann Lowe Smith of the Wil-Low-S at Lowe Point Farm, located in the 7th District, for being recognized by the Century Farm Program as a Maryland farm family that has been in operation for a century or longer.

Photo courtesy of the Governor’s office.

Fighting crime continues to be my number one priority of the 2020 Legislative Session, but I remain committed to seeing ...
01/28/2020
Maryland must ensure the Preakness Stakes stays in Baltimore, Sen. Jennings says - Baltimore Business Journal

Fighting crime continues to be my number one priority of the 2020 Legislative Session, but I remain committed to seeing that Preakness stays where it belongs - in Baltimore.

https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2020/01/27/maryland-must-ensure-preakness-stays-in-baltimore.html

Jennings cautioned that if the #Preakness moves to Laurel, then it could eventually be moved out of #Maryland.

01/27/2020

Attention Harford County residents: Harford Transit LINK will hold a public hearing on the county's FY 2021 application to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for state and federal funds to finance the FY 2021 transit service in Harford County.

At the hearing, information will be presented and available for review on Harford Transit LINK’s FY 2021 Annual Transportation Plan and application to the MTA/FTA for state and federal funds to finance operational and capital needs.

The hearings will be held on the following date/times:
· Monday, February 10, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air, which is directly served by Harford Transit LINK’s Bus Route 6 with connections to Routes 1 and 2 through Harford Mall. Routes 1 and 2 connect with all other routes at Aberdeen Train Station and additional connection points.
· Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Edgewood Activity Center, 1000 Gateway Drive in Edgewood, which is directly served by Harford Transit LINK’s Bus Route 3 with connections to the Route 2 at Walgreen’s in Edgewood and Routes 1, 2, and 5 at the Aberdeen Train Station and additional connection points.

For more information, please contact Gary R. Blazinsky of Harford Transit LINK at 410-612-1620 or [email protected].

Last week I was challenged by Senator Douglas J.J. Peters to do the Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics.  I and S...
01/24/2020

Last week I was challenged by Senator Douglas J.J. Peters to do the Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics. I and Senator Addie Eckardt gladly accepted as well as some of my colleagues from the House of Delegates.

I decided to raise money for Sawyer, a good friend of J.W. and Kate’s. We set a goal of raising $2000. I am proud to say we raised over $2700 in four days. Thank you to all who donated!!

I was so excited to be a part of such an amazing event that I decided to plunge in my ‘wet’ suit. And let me tell you, that water was cold. It really took my breath away.

There’s still time to donate if you want:

https://support.somd.org/team/277554

It was a pleasure welcoming the Perry Hall High School Varsity Women's Soccer Team to the State House today to celebrate...
01/24/2020

It was a pleasure welcoming the Perry Hall High School Varsity Women's Soccer Team to the State House today to celebrate their 4A State Championship Title. Go Gators!

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is aware of the water main break at 10505 VINCENT FARM LN 21162.  It is an...
01/23/2020
Water Main Repairs Map

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is aware of the water main break at 10505 VINCENT FARM LN 21162. It is an 8” Main and is currently affecting 20 services and 1 hydrant. A crew from the Utility Maintenance Division (UMD) is working diligently to repair the main. They ask customers to please be patient as they make their way to your neighborhood.

Staff are working overtime to make sure the customers are without water for the shortest amount of time possible.

To track DPW's progress, please consult the following interactive water main break map: https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/water-main-repairs-map. Thank you for your patience!

This interactive map provides information on active water main repair activity that DPW is conducting in Baltimore City and County. DPW website users can type in addresses to search for locations and click on map symbols to open a box that contains information about a specific water main repair. The...

What a great day to celebrate Maryland’s Horse Power! Did you know that the Maryland Horse Industry adds $2.1B to the ec...
01/22/2020

What a great day to celebrate Maryland’s Horse Power! Did you know that the Maryland Horse Industry adds $2.1B to the economy annually including $78M in tax revenue? 🐎
#Session2020 #MDGA2020 #MarylandPolitics

Last week I was challenged by my colleagues on the Senate floor to participate in the 2020 Maryland State Polar Bear Plu...
01/21/2020

Last week I was challenged by my colleagues on the Senate floor to participate in the 2020 Maryland State Polar Bear Plunge that benefits the Special Olympics. I happily accepted the challenge and will be plunging THIS Friday, January 24th.

I’m dedicating my plunge to an incredible little boy named Sawyer. He is the youngest of four brothers, and in the short year he has been in this world, has faced numerous challenges - all of which he has fiercely and bravely overcome!

For Sawyer, along with other children and adults with disabilities, this Friday, I will be "freez'n for a reason." If you are able, please find it in your heart to donate to this great cause. Every dollar counts! Or come on down and join me, the waters at a cool 39 degrees. We’ll freeze together.

https://support.somd.org/team/277554

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Connor Sheffield is a student in HCPS - I am advocating for HB 331 “Connor’s Courage” bill. Connor has a rare medical condition that necessitates treatment, during the school day, with CBD. School nurses are RNs and certified to administer needed medication to our students. If our legislators support this bill Connor's life will be deeply enriched. He will be able to attend school with his peers throughout the school day. We speak of the importance of equitable practices for each student; this should also apply to our students with regard to required medical interventions. I appreciate your support of our children. YOU MAY COPY AND PASTE TO FB AND/OR TWITTER OF THE HARFORD COUNTY DELEGATION - NAMES LISTED BELOW Jason Gallion Robert Cassilly J. B. Jennings Lauren Arikan Richard Impallaria Kathy Szeliga Steven Johnson Mary Ann Lisanti Susan McComas Andrew Cassilly Teresa Reilly
Sir, I implore you to oppose HB1261 “Weapon Crimes – Assault Long Guns and Copycat Weapons” The bill would ban common hunting rifles, and nearly all common modern sporting rifles. This would turn a high number of law abiding Marylanders into felons overnight. The overreach of this bill and the infringement on the Second Amendment is staggering! Craig A Risor Leonardtown MD
Why not put the new park and ride down where the old Nor Mar restaurant used to be and the empty lot across from it? The area up at Franklinville Road and 152 is already dangerous.
Section 8 housing ruins neighborhoods
I have a question for you J.B.. How much of the toll savings went to actual citizens and how much went to companies??
Senator Please help. This affects the livelihoods of not only many. many constituent. But, also the businesses in your district. Please direct me how to proceed. Trust me, We can get the support and attendance to Squash this. From Deni Starr September 18 at 7:11 PM · Hello everyone! I received a msg from a very well known local musician that a pending Baltimore County bill due to be passed on October 7th severely threatens the continued existence of live music and all related parties at the Baltimore County clubs through the use of a new tax that club owners can’t afford. There’s a bit more to this, but this bill, sponsored by Arbutus/Catonsville councilman Tom Quirk, could put a lot of local musicians and related parties out of work at many clubs. It also threatens the overall business at Baltimore County clubs that have a following bc of live music there. At any rate, anyone interested in helping us get this bill quashed is strongly encouraged to immediately call and email your respective Baltimore County councilman saying you do not support the bill or anyone who does support it including Tom Quirk. Clubs in Parkville, Carney, Essex, Dundalk, Towson, Timonium, Ellicott City, and Cockeysville as well as all other Baltimore County clubs may have to stop having live music if the bill passes. We’re not positive who is really behind this bill being sponsored by councilman Tom Quirk, but whoever it is doesn’t care for live music. Also, for those of you who can, please vote Tom Quirk out of office at the next election as well as all councilmen who vote yes on this bill. If Tom Quirk has nothing better to do than to pick on live music, he clearly doesn’t deserve to be an elected official. In conclusion, we can’t let this “No live music in Baltimore County” bill get passed without a fight. Please call and email your respective Baltimore County councilman immediately to protest the passage of this unconscionable bill. You can get phone numbers and email addresses online by searching online for Baltimore County councilmen (for example).
Please help the sick, elderly, and incapable.
J.B. Jennings I hope it isn’t true but It is my understanding that you favor issuing the State permit to allow Mt Christian Church to dump treated sewage discharge into a stream that leads the Little Gunpowder Falls . I understand “regulations “ are what they are but we’re talking about a pristine, trout stream, not Back River—-which we all know of the conditions there. Aside from the Falls for a moment. The small stream “ Indian Burial Grounds...”(not sure of the name) will be the initial recipient of 2500 to 5000 gpd of discharge. In the dry season, the discharge will constitute 100-% of the stream’s flow. At the PH Meeting,one knowledgeable gentleman has been privately monitoring the larvae and nymphs living in this stream, which attracts and feeds fish, mostly trout. Everyone knows these living organisms will suffer, more than likely perish. I have talked about this issue with a lot of people: no one is in favor of dumping discharge into the stream and Little Gunpowder Falls Thank you Allen Rawl
Thanks for getting my BF and his dog back home during the flooding on his street today :-)
Your “Rockstar” status with me just went through the roof! Thank you!
I live in BQ and have family in the area for over 100 years. Let the CP Crane plant die. Stop burning fossil fuels that clog the air my 5 month old son is going to grow up breathing. Find another way…. I implore you to stop supporting this project.
My daughter was one of the winners of the “Good Citizen” Essay Contest this morning at Ring Factory Elementary. Thank you!