As Senate Capital Budget Chair, I was proud to facilitate bringing resources back to the citizens of Prince George’s County. Specific projects we were able to provide funding for included a turf field at Frederick Douglass High School, upgrades to the Bowie Baysox stadium, continuing construction of Liberty Sports Park, a Communications, Arts, and Humanities Building at Bowie State University, a downtown Upper Marlboro Parking lot, and a Prince George’s County Amphitheater. Additionally, I was the primary sponsor of critical legislation (SB1), which will provide $2.2 billion dollars in state funds to renovate and repair existing schools as well as build new ones.
As a veteran and Chair of the Veterans Caucus, I was proud to sponsor the Caucus’ priority legislation (SB1010) to align the Military Reserve Corps with the standards of our active duty military, something that is especially critical now that the National Guard has been activated by the Governor.
I also played a key role in the passage of a critical effort (SB987),to help stabilize horse racing in our state. Most important, locally, we addressed the use and disposition of the former Bowie Racetrack property. I am pleased to report that before the end of 2023, the land will be deeded to the City of Bowie for recreational use only. The City will be required to reach an agreement with Bowie State University for the University’s use of the property. I was able to direct $250,000 of funding in the Capital Budget to be used by the city at the site.
HB1260 will provide critical funds to our Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU), and language I added to the budget will require that a task force explore the feasibility of a Law School at Bowie State University. This would help to provide access to law school for students for whom traveling to Baltimore can be a hardship.
If you would like additional information regarding my legislation in the 2020 session, it can be found here.