Shelly in the News

Bill Hearings Begin!

When I describe the pace of the 90 day session, I divide it into thirds: the first part is spent getting bills drafted and ironing out initial kinks; the second third is focused on hearings and trying to find consensus; and the final third is focused on keeping bills...

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Session Kicks Off

Dear Friends, On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday, let us commit ourselves to remembering the words and deeds of this great leader who worked tirelessly to bridge breaches between communities. Dr. King saw the connectedness of humanity and sought, in a...

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Time to Make Maryland a National Leader in Service

SHELLY HETTLEMAN AND SANDY ROSENBERG GUEST COMMENTARY FOR MARYLAND MATTERS MARCH 31, 2022 Hettleman represents Baltimore County’s District 11 in the Maryland Senate. Rosenberg represents Baltimore City’s District 41 in the House of Delegates. Both are Democrats....

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Compassionate Release from Prison: A Moral Imperative

BY SHELLY HETTLEMAN AND VIVIAN PENDA FOR THE BALTIMORE SUN Jan 26, 2022, at 11:34 am Capital punishment was abolished in Maryland as a failed and immoral policy in 2013 because it was ineffectual in deterring crime, could not be administered without racial bias, and...

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Baltimore County Library Staff Votes to Form Union

By TAYLOR DEVILLE BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA | JAN 7, 2022 at 8:40 AM A majority of Baltimore County Public Library employees have voted to unionize and join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The election tees up employees’ collective...

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Relief & Updates

Click here for the newsletter! Dear Friends, We are in the thick of session where I zoom into committee hearings, participate in in-person committee voting sessions, and vote on bills from my desk on the Senate floor. In between, I'm on the phone with constituents,...

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Baltimore County Librarians Seek to Unionize

By TAYLOR DEVILLE BALTIMORE SUN MEDIA | JAN 12, 2021 AT 5:30 AM Citing a lack of transparency and communication from Baltimore County Public Library leadership and seeking health care benefits for almost half the library system’s workforce, library employees are...

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Proposed Maryland Legislation Expands Hate Crime Law

By:  Capital News Service Kimberly SeifFebruary 3, 2021 COLLEGE PARK — Judges will be allowed to require people charged with hate crimes to complete anti-bias education programs if a bill to expand the current Maryland hate crime law is passed. Sen. Shelly Hettleman,...

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Want to Reduce Overdoses? Give People a Safe Place to Do Drugs

By BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL BOARD BALTIMORE SUN | JAN 29, 2021 AT 11:16 AM Dr. Bethany DiPaula, a pharmacist with the Howard County Health Department, demonstrates how to put together a syringe of Naloxone which can reverse and overdose, at an opiate overdose response...

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