I hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy the cool, pre-fall weather we’ve had in the Baltimore area and that you are well & healthy.
This week, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, on which I serve, held virtual hearings on Police Accountability and Law Enforcement Reform. We heard bills that covered a variety of justice reform issues including the use of force, demilitarization, training, liability caps, the disclosure of officer personnel records, and the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights. Click herehere, and here for the complete list of bills and summaries.

The hearings enabled us to listen and consider thoughtfully the perspectives of subject matter experts as well as countless oral and written testimony presented by individuals and organizations in the community.  I invite you to view the proceedings (day 1day 2day 3) and continue to submit your testimony and feedback. This is just the beginning of the legislative process where we will examine systemic issues that have plagued our justice system for too long. The coming 2021 session will bring more opportunities for additional bills and public input to create meaningful, overdue change.

Voting & Get Out the Vote Information

Election Day is November 3rd! Please be sure to vote and make sure your friends, family & neighbors all vote – ensuring a strong turnout and new federal leadership!

Click here to get FAQ’s on voting in Baltimore County


40 days! There is too much at stake & we can’t afford to sit this one out. Let’s make every day and every voice count. Join me to make calls, send texts, write postcards, and get out the vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Please reply to this email to let me know if you’re able to help.

Thanks to over 30 volunteers who joined us last week to make sure everyone counts. The 2020 Census count will come to an end on Sept. 30th and for every person that goes uncounted, it is estimated that our community loses out on $1,800 in federal funds for critical areas such as: education, food, public safety, housing assistance, and more. Here are two opportunities in the community to ensure everyone completes this crucial count before the deadline:

Saturday September 26th

      Towson Community

Location: The Orokawa Y in Towson | 600 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204

Timeframe: 10am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Sign-Up: https://forms.gle/GCFKGTqNhWhLfdbh7

Gwynn Oak Community

Location:  Epworth United Methodist Chapel | 3317 Saint Lukes Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

Timeframe: 10am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Sign-Up: TBD

For more information: Contact Sevetra Peoples speoples@baltimorecountymd.gov

BCPS Update

BCPS submitted plans to do a phased re-entry for staff and students. The proposed timeline can be found here.

Last week, Baltimore County announced Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers – designed to help support families of young children during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. More information on both programs can be found here.

Through its fall meal distribution program, BCPS is providing school meals, at no cost to students, to all children ages 2-18, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Students with disabilities can receive no-cost meals regardless of age. The meals are being distributed at more than 300 community locations through pick-up and bus. The large number of distribution sites is designed to provide increased access to meals during virtual learning.

COVID19 Update

Thanks to citizens following mask-wearing guidelines and recommended social distancing protocols, Maryland’s Coronavirus positivity rate has improved. With over 17,500 cases and almost 600 tragic deaths in Baltimore County, we must continue to stay vigilant. The County is aligned with State actions to begin moving into a modified Stage Three plan. Find reopening and recovery guidelines on the State’s website. Read the latest Baltimore County Executive Order 2020-16 effective September 4, 2020. Check out my website for the latest updates and to connect with COVID-related resources. Thank you for continuing to take all necessary precautions to ensure our community stays safe! #masksonmaryland

Big MTA Changes are Proposed for Our Area

Find out about how you will be affected by proposed changes to MTA service here that includes live links to join the public hearings!


The October 1 deadline for applying for the renters and homeowners property tax credit programs is quickly approaching! Consumers interested in applying can contact the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition at (443) 961-6220 for screening and application assistance or check MarylandTaxCredit.com

The Office of People’s Counsel produces community resource guides for every county in Maryland. The annually updated resource guides offer information on utilities, energy assistance programs, energy efficiency programs, tax credit programs, telephone assistance programs, housing and mortgage assistance programs, and more. You can find these guides on their website.

Scam Alert!

The Office of the Attorney General has recently been notified of scams involving individuals impersonating mortgage companies. Some of these scammers are calling existing customers of a mortgage company, claiming to be representatives of that company, and offering the customer a loan modification. Telephone scams are common, and sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish legitimate calls from scammers. To find out how to protect your identity and financial information, click here.

With so much going on at the national, state, and local level, I appreciate hearing what is important to YOU. Please do not hesitate to contact my office shelly.hettleman@senate.state.md.us or 410-841-3131 if we can be of assistance to clarify information, answer questions, or connect you with resources.

Shelly Hettleman

Senator, District 11