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March 2016
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March E-News


In this Issue
Legislative Black Caucus of MD Elections
Scenes from Annapolis
Back to the district…
County FY 2017 Budget
State Highway Administration  Construction Alert
Military Installation Zoning Map Public Hearing

David Busters

Media Arts & Communications Conference
College Tour – April 9th
Policy Updates
Did help with Potholes in your area?
Delegate Scholarship – APPLY TODAY
Helpful Links
Office Staff
Phylicia Henry
Chief of Staff
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Delegate Barnes

March 2016


The Countdown is on!  With only 12 days left until the adjournment of the 2016 Legislative Session, I am looking forward to getting back to the basics – back to the District!  Very soon, my office will be sending out a “Legislative Wrap Up” to update you on the State and County budget and policies impacting essential services like public safety, education and healthcare.Thank you to each of you for emailing, calling and sending me your thoughts and positions this session.  It’s been helpful.  Together, we will continue to ensure Prince George’s County is an attractive place to live, work and raise a family.


Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
2016 Elections

I am happy to announce my candidacy for 1st Vice Chair for the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.  Today, my fellow members of the Black Caucus will vote for their next Executive Officers.  As 1st Vice Chair, I will work closely with the foundation to improve the financial standing of the Black Caucus and strengthen the relationship with our federal counterparts on Capitol Hill, democratic central committee’s and other organizations across the State.
Polls close at 3 p.m TODAY! #VoteBarnesfor1stViceChair #ReadytoLead #ReadytoStepUp

Scenes from Annapolis…

March 1, 2016

I learned a great deal from these student athlete’s during their lobby day on concussions and other head injuries sustained during school sports.  As a father of two young athletes, it is imperative that any child exhibiting concussion related symptoms receives a diagnosis from a board certified physician or licensed sports trainer.

March 4, 2016
“Read Across America Day”

Childhood literacy matters deeply to me.  Reading is a fundamental tool to our children’s success.  And that’s why each year I look forward to The Cat in the Hat visit to the General Assembly.  To show our support, member’s donate books to schools across the state!  A special thank you to the Maryland State Educator’s Association for their continued leadership to promote childhood literacy!

March 10, 2016

Our educators serve an important role in shaping the next leaders in Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland.  It was a great day to have the Retired Teachers Association from Prince George’s County in Annapolis!

March 29, 2016

It was a pleasure to host the Girl Scout Troop 14658 and students from The Key School.  Thank you for being my guests.  During their tour, they witnessed the House legislative session and learned how bills are made in Maryland.

Back in the district…

March 10, 2016
Central High School
National Honor Society Induction

March 10, 2016
I would like to thank Principal Wallace from Central High School for giving me the opportunity to deliver the key note address for their National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. We have some of the best students here in Prince George’s County with extraordinary achievements. Congratulations to all the honorees!

March 13, 2016
First Baptist Church of District Heights
Pastor Bobby Manning
It’s always a pleasure to dwell in the house of Lord in District 25!

March 6, 2016

It’s always a pleasure worshipping along side of the Prince George’s County Central Committee Chair, Cheryl Landis at Kettering Baptist Church!  Thank you Pastor Sterling for having us!

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, in accordance with the Prince George’s County Charter presented his FY 2017 Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets.  The Proposed FY 2017 Budget for all operating funds is $3.70 billion, an increase of $160.8 million or 4.5% over the FY 2016 budget. 

The General Fund accounts for 84.1% of all spending in FY 2017 and will increase by $157.8 million, or 5.4%.  County source revenues will increase by $96.6 million or 5.7%.  The growth is primarily driven by anticipated increases in both income tax receipts and property transaction tax receipts, as well as the expected revenue gains from the mid-year opening of MGM National Harbor.

To watch video of this budget presentation, please click here.  To view the Proposed FY 2017 “Budget in Brief” document please click here.

State Highway Administration
*Traffic Advisory Notice*

Public Hearing on Military Installation Overlay Zoning Map Amendment

My office recently received a notice of the Prince George’s County Planning Board and District Council Public Hearing on the Military Installation Overlay Zoning Map Amendment for properties located in an Impact Area for flight operations at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington.

Public Hearing Date/Time
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 7:00 p.m
Doors open at 6 p.m
Staff will be on site to answer questions

Council Hearing Room
First Floor, County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

To read the full letter on MNCPPC’s on the public hearing please click HERE. 

     Dave and Busters is hiring in our area

Dave and Busters is hiring for their new location at the Ritchie Station Marketplace.  With over 400 positions available to chose from, this is a great opportunity for first time job seekers and students looking for fulltime or part-time work.

You can apply by visiting their career center online, click HERE.

1st Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts and Communication Conference at Prince George’s Community College

Prince George’s County Community College is hosting the 1st Mid Atlantic College Media Arts and Communications Conference scheduled on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The conference will offer sessions featuring speakers from different media fields including journalism, Public Relations, Broadcast Media and Media Design.
There will also be a mini college fair and screening of the acclaimed pilot episode of the documentary series American Lows, directed and produced by filmmaker Darnely Hodge.

The conference is FREE and open to middle, high school, and college students.

  • If you are a school administrator, youth coordinator, parent or guardian of a middle, high school or college student interested in media careers, please register or guide your youth or adult college student to register at http://www.studentmediaonline.org for the conference;
  • If you are a college administrator interested in being part of the college fair to recruit, please email me your interest at alikz@pgcc.edu;
  • If you are a business owner and would like to help sponsor this event, please email me your interest at alikz@pgcc.edu;
  • If you would like to be a moderator or panelist for this event, email me your interest at alikz@pgcc.edu;

You can learn more about the conference at http://www.studentmediaonline.org or by calling 240-413-1130.


I sponsored five bills this session related to voting, education, criminal justice reform and healthcare.  You can always check the status of each bill by visiting the Maryland General Assembly website.

HB 592 – Blue Ribbon Commission on Voting, Openness, Transparency, and Equality (VOTE) in Elections
Establishing the Blue Ribbon Commission on Voting, Openness, Transparency, and Equality (VOTE) in Elections to examine ways to encourage broader voter participation and engage new voting populations through a study of specified issues; requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on or before December 31, 2017; etc.
Status:  This bill did not make it out of the committee. 

HB 770 – Criminal Procedure – Nonviolent Felonies – Stet, Shielding, and Expungement
Requiring a court to dispose of a charge for a nonviolent felony by stet if the court finds that the disposition is in the interest of justice; authorizing a person to file a petition to shield a conviction for a nonviolent felony in accordance with specified provisions of law no earlier than 3 years after the person satisfies specified requirements; etc.

Status: This bill received a unfavorable report by the Judiciary committee.

HB 771 – Public and Nonpublic Schools – Student Diabetes Management Program
Requiring the State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish specified guidelines for the training of employees to become trained diabetes care providers; establishing that the purpose of the Student Diabetes Management Program is to have trained employee volunteers available to provide diabetes care services to students with diabetes during school hours and, when possible, at school-sponsored activities, including field trips and extracurricular activities; etc.

Status:  This bill is currently in discussion with stakeholders to reach a compromise that favors both parties.  I am confident we will reach a consensus and move this bill.

HB 983 – Public Schools – Food Recovery Programs – Authorization

Authorizing a county board of education to develop and implement a specified food recovery program for schools under the jurisdiction of the county board; and authorizing a county board, if it exercises specified authority, to apply for recognition of its food recovery program under any food recovery certification program.

Status: This bill passed the House and had it’s Senate bill hearing on 3/30 in the Education, Health & Environment Affairs Committee.

HB 1208 – Creation of a State Debt – Prince George’s County – Mt. Ephraim Multipurpose Room
Authorizing the creation of a State Debt not to exceed $100,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the Mt. Ephraim Community Non-Profit Development Corporation for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital equipping of the Mt. Ephraim Multipurpose Room, located in Prince George’s County; providing for disbursement of the loan proceeds, subject to a requirement that the grantee provide and expend a matching fund; etc.

Status: I am hopeful Governor Hogan will add funds to the State budget to fully fund the bond bill projects introduced by my colleagues and I.   

Delegate Darryl Barnes Scholarship 2016 – 2017
To apply, please click HERE.

Who may apply: Current high school seniors and full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Students attending a private career school may also apply.
How to apply:  Please contact my office after the start of the 2015 Legislative session for further instructions. These awards are made on the basis of need as demonstrated on the FAFSA in addition to completing an application provided by my office.
When to apply: Complete and file the FAFSA by March 1. Contact my office in February for further instructions.
Eligible majors: All majors are eligible.

The application process for the Delegate scholarship is OPEN, please share with your networks.
To apply, please click HERE!

Source: Maryland Higher Education Commission

State Highway Administration Notice  

As warmer temperatures are in the forecast week following this week’s snowstorm, we’d like to take this opportunity to share resources for constituents to report potholes on state roads and/or submit any claims for damages regarding potholes on state roads.
Customers may submit pothole service requests 24 hours a day Here.

Customers should include as much information regarding the pothole including the name or route number of the state road, direction in which  the pothole exists and any cross streets that will help our crews quickly locate and fill the potholes. All potholes will be filled in the order received, weather and emergencies permitting.
Claims for damages directly related to  potholes on state roads are handled by the Maryland State Treasurer’s Office.  Customers Click Here.

Additionally, customers with claims for pothole damages can contact the State Treasurer’s Office via phone at 410-260-7684. Customers should have as much information as possible when calling the Treasurer’s Office including location of the pothole, time and date of the incident and other information like a service estimate or receipt for any work performed on their vehicle directly attributable to any pothole along a state road and the name and contact number of their insurance company. Any and all next steps regarding a submission of claims for damages will be taken by the Treasurer’s Office after due diligence is performed.

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