Today I testified at a crucial hearing in Annapolis that's outcome will greatly impact the 5th District. I gave my full support to the House Bill to approve the project revitalizing the Pimlico Race Track.
I want to thank the 41st District Delegation, Delegate Dalya Attar, Delegate Tony Bridges and especially Delegate Sandy Rosenberg who has worked tirelessly for many years to see this venue thrive again.
Pimlico will continue to be a national attraction, but more importantly, will also be the economic engine our district and city needs. Most impacted will be the neighborhoods around the track with a significant amount of year round jobs that will be created. In return, this will lower the unemployment rate and will also drive down crime.
Today, my team and I had a very productive and informative meeting with the Baltimore City Jury Commissioner, Melissa Monroe and the Honorable Judge Audrey Carrion. We had the opportunity to bring questions, comments and concerns from our constituents, directly to the top.
We plan to share their responses to our questions once we receive them. We enjoyed the tour of the building and we're excited to see many improvements have been made to the courthouse and jurors rooms. There are several brand new court rooms that are state of the art, a new and improved Wi-Fi system for jurors, a new, comfortable quiet room and a new software system that should alleviate many of the jury summons issues.
Tonight I am introducing a resolution calling on the state to enact Council Resolution *20-0200R Request for State Action - Allow our Sherrifs to collectively bargain (supporting Senate Bill 823)*
Our Sheriffs daily go above and beyond the call of duty. Their responsibilities are numerous and range from serving court summons, warrants and subpoenas to conducting traditional police patrol services. These men and women do an excellent job enforcing both criminal and civil law, while also maintaining the public's trust. We fully support the great work of their department and believe they should be entitled to collectively bargain their wages and related matters.
What can be done about the lack of police response in your district. On 3 different occasions within the last year, police have been called 3 different times. On 2 occasions, they responded over 45 min later, the last time, they never responded.