Wanika’s Weekly Newsletter End of Session Recap

End of 2022 Legislative Session

As I look back on all the good work done this legislative session I’m proud of the work we all accomplished. I have been blessed to serve the residents of District 47B these past 4 years and it has been the greatest honor of my life. A bittersweet parting but I leave Annapolis knowing we (District47B) came and did the good work of the people!  

A Celebratory Send-Off!

I’m so blessed to be surrounded by so much love from my colleagues! I was left speechless at a surprise send-off party for me right after floor on Monday. I’m humbled by their love and well wishes for my next journey! My sorors shared a beautiful parting gift. After so many tears and laughter, all I can say is that I’ll truly miss the House of Delegates.

 

Community Events & Updates

Team Wanika joined the Easter celebrations in district 2 this past week! The Brentwood-colored fire department also celebrated the new pumper!

    
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A Win For Prince George’s County!

The House and Senate Delegation joined CEX Angela Alsobrooks and Governor Larry Hogan to highlight the Historic State investment in Prince George’s County! This 2.5 Billion is the most considerable State Aid secured in our County’s history! A fantastic team effort and it will grow our economy. To read more about it click here.

  

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In case this is your route to and from home, the road will be closed starting today.


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Residents are encouraged to complete this brief survey, which will help the County better prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from natural and manmade disasters. Click on the image below to take the survey.

~ The Bill Basics ~

Here are some of the bills we worked on this year and passed! The End of Session letter is to be mailed soon, you will also find it here in my newsletter or visit my website at www.wanikafisher.com.

Redistricting Updates

The Maryland General Assembly, under the Maryland Constitution, enacted new congressional districts under SB 1012 (2022). To read more about redistricting please click here.
Maryland’s legislative map stands after high courts ruling. Click here to read the article.
Want to know who’s running for office in Prince George’s County, click here to see the 2022 candidates listing. Don’t know who you’re elected officials are? visit www.mdelect.net

Access to Counsel in Evictions Special Fund – Funding

MD Housing Justice Bills Update: Access to Counsel is FUNDED! SB662 requires the Comptroller to distribute $14,000,000 of certain abandoned property funds to the Access to Counsel in Evictions Special Fund for the fiscal year 2024 and requires the Governor to include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of $14,000,000 from the Fund to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation for the fiscal year 2024.
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Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022

As amended by the House, this landmark legislation strengthens Maryland’s commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change by setting achievable goals to reduce greenhouse gases and meet the goal of net-zero statewide emissions by 2045. This bill is the result of nearly a year’s worth of work by legislative leaders and advocacy organizations and it continues to prove that Maryland is a national leader when it comes to addressing climate change.
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Time To Care Act of 2022

The Maryland House voted to create a paid family leave fund to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers to care for their newborns and ill family. I’m so proud to support this legislation!


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Legal Adult-Use Cannabis

The legislature has voted to allow Marylanders to vote to legalize adult-use cannabis and put an equitable framework in place should Marylanders vote “Yes” on the referendum. Look for it on the ballot!


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$26.5 M Restored For Prince George’s County & Fully Funded Blueprint!

Honored to have worked with House leaders on this important education victory for Prince George’s County. Click on the picture below to read more about it!

Calling all Scholars!
We’re accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Scholarships. Please click the image below and start your application today!
The deadline to submit your application is on June 01, 2022.

Campaign Corner

Friends and Neighbors! We are 90 days away from the Democratic Primary election on July 19, 2022. Our campaign is hard at work in the community. Be sure to sign up to volunteer or for a yard sign to show your support! #TeamWanika

  1. Yard Sign Up
  2. Volunteer Sign-up Link
Campaign Video/ Video de Campaña

COVID-19 Updates

Are you looking to schedule a Clinic in your community? Give us a call at (240) 899-5504. We’d be happy to help bring the resources necessary to get your residents vaccinated!


    

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

U.S. households can place a total of 2 separate orders for free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests (4 tests per order). If an order was previously placed for your address, you can place a second order now!


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Prince George’s County will continue distributing at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits this week through libraries and community centers, with changes to a few times and locations.

El condado de Prince George continuará distribuyendo kits de prueba rápida de COVID-19 esta semana a través de bibliotecas y centros comunitarios, con cambios en algunos horarios y lugares.

                          
 
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COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINE CLINIC SCHEDULES
To find testing or vaccine clinic schedules located in Prince George’s County click here

Para encontrar los horarios de las clínicas de pruebas o vacunas ubicadas en el condado de Prince George’s, haga clic aquí

   
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Tuesdays Vaccine Clinic

I’m grateful for the continued partnership with the City of Hyattsville to provide a weekly vaccination clinic at First United Methodist. If you haven’t received your vaccination and or booster, please stop by! Proudly serving ages 5 and up, no appointment is needed!

   

Community & Business

Below you will find upcoming community events and informational flyers, if you have any questions please feel free to contact my office!
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Today is TAX DAY!

A reminder to encourage individuals and families in your community to file their taxes to access the expanded benefits provided by the American Rescue Plan. Individuals can visit www.ChildTaxCredit.gov to learn more about their eligibility for these credits. The American Rescue Plan delivered historic expansions of:


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Join the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board in the Plaza outside of the newly constructed downtown College Park City Hall Building for coffee and conversation with your fellow black alumni House of Delegate representatives.

As the 2022 legislative session comes to a close, come meet your representatives and learn about the significant issues debated within the Maryland general assembly, and as well as which bills were introduced and passed.


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Teens and their families are invited to attend this FREE informative session to learn about the 12-week Mis Quince Años program that will take place at Langley Park Community Center this fall. Additional Information Please call 301-408-4336, or email Lourdes Sulc.

    
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The Crossroads Farmers Market is kicking off the 2022 season!


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LAYC/Multicultural Youth Center is currently in need of Host Parents to assist in housing youth (ages 12-17) in the necessity of hospitality for up to 21 days! All homes are screened and certified before placements are considered. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Luna at (301) 613-6638 or emily.luna@layc-dc.org.


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Prince Georges County Memorial Library Services!

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Are you struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments or other housing costs due to COVID-19 related financial hardships? The Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund may be able to help.

¿Tiene dificultades para mantenerse al día con los pagos de su hipoteca u otros costos de vivienda debido a las dificultades financieras relacionadas con COVID-19? El Fondo de Asistencia para Propietarios de Vivienda de Maryland puede ayudar.


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Community Legal Services is here to help! Providing free legal services if you’re facing eviction, please visit their website by clicking the image below.
¡Los Servicios Legales Comunitarios están aquí para ayudar! Brindando servicios legales gratuitos si se enfrenta a un desalojo, visite su sitio web haciendo clic en la imagen a continuación.


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Prince George’s County Home Ownership Preservation Program

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