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Legislative Newsletter #3



 

Teacher Incentives


In recent years, Maryland’s General Assembly has passed significant reforms to bolster our educational system. A major component of that initiative is incentivizing people to become teachers. Salaries now start at $60,000 per year, and enhanced scholarships and grants are available to become a teacher along with other new incentives. Click here to learn more, and please share with family members and friends who may be interested in becoming teachers!



 

Mail-in Ballot Improvements


I am also pleased to share the advancement of another commonsense bill that I have co-sponsored. SB 379 recently passed the Senate, and it enables mail-in ballots to be processed eight days before the start of early voting. Previously, a local board of elections was prohibited from opening any mail-in ballot envelope prior to 8:00 a.m. on the day after an election. This bill eliminates unnecessary inefficiencies and will return the winner of an election much more promptly. The mail-in ballot vote tally will be released once the polls close on election night.



 

Senatorial Scholarship Applications


Our Senatorial Scholarship program is still accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. These scholarships can be used to cover the cost of vocational training, trade certifications, education at a two or four-year institution of higher education, and graduate school. The deadline is May 1st, and you can view the application here.




 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my office at 410-841-3158 or marydulany.james@senate.state.md.us


Sincerely,

Mary-Dulany James


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