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Progress Tracker: Council President Scott's Legislative and Policy Proposal, 2019-2020LAST UPDATED: 11/07/19


NOTE:
A yellow box in the "Current Status" column indicates an upcoming hearing.
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AGENDA ITEMCATEGORYPROPOSAL TYPEDESCRIPTIONSIGNIFICANCE CURRENT STATUSPROGRESS TRACKERLINK
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Require a Comprehensive Crime StrategySAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESORDINANCEPass Bill 19-0451: Biennial Comprehensive Crime Reduction Plan, requiring the biennial development and presentation of a comprehensive crime reduction strategy plan. This plan should be developed with input from the Baltimore Police Department, the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the State's Attorney's Office, the Health Department, the Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and the Office of Children and Family Success. The Baltimore Police Department cannot be expected to reduce crime alone. Every city agency has a role to play in addressing the disease of gun violence in our city. I will continue to advocate for a violence reduction strategy that treats violent crime as a public health issue and incorporates more city resources in the fight. *Public Safety Committee hearing on Tuesday 11/19 at 4PM*

Referred to Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, Homeless Services Program, States' Attorney's Office, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success, Fire Department, Police Department, Baltimore City Public School System, Dept. of Recreation and Parks, Dept. of Social Services, Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Health, Dept. of Housing and Community Development, Dept. of Public Works, and City Solicitor.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments

☑ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0451: Biennial Comprehensive Crime Reduction Plan.
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Target Gun Traffickers and Straw PurchasersSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESORDINANCEStrengthen our Gun Offender Registry to better identify straw purchasers, illegal users of assault weapons, and those who sell guns to minors. Most weapons traced by the BPD originate from outside of Baltimore City — and even outside Maryland. Straw purchasers buy guns for people who are prohibited from having them. Currently, several offenses are omitted that are critical to stopping the flow of illegal guns into Baltimore City. Common sense additions to the gun registry would help hold the people trafficking guns into the city accountable. *Public Safety Committee hearing on Tuesday 11/19 at 4PM*

The ordinance was referred to the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, the Baltimore Police Department, the City Solicitor, and the State's Attorney's Office.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☑ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0443: Gun Offender Registration - Additional Violations
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Fight for More Money for Our Public SchoolsINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
OVERSIGHT HEARINGIntroduce a Resolution demanding the Department of Finance present the City Council with a proactive plan to increase local funding for our public schools. While the new funding formula has not been finalized, we know it will require that the City invest more local dollars into our school system. We must ensure we are prepared to meet that responsibility. This is not an option. *Education & Youth Committee hearing on Tuesday 12/3 at 5:30PM*

The resolution was referred to the City Solicitor, Department of Finance, and Baltimore City School System on 8/22/19.
☑ Introduced
☑ Assigned to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments

☑ Hearing Date Scheduled
☐ Hearing Held
☐ Follow Up
Read 19-0162R: Informational Hearing - Baltimore’s Fiscal Readiness for Kirwan.
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Activate the New Cybersecurity CommitteeCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESWork with the co-chairs of the new Cybersecurity & Emergency Preparedness Committee to lead the Council’s efforts to modernize the City’s cybersecurity infrastructure.The recent ransomware attack illuminates a gap in important tech know-how and protection within city government. We must do more as a city to build critical cybersecurity infrastructure while expanding access to technology to all residents. A modern city needs modern technology infrastructure. *First hearing of the Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness Committee scheduled for Wednesday, 11/6 at 5PM*Link to Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness Committee's calendar.
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Enact Youth Athletic ProtectionINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
ORDINANCEPass Bill 19-0337: The Jordan McNair Youth Athletic Protection Act to keep our youth athletes safe by requiring safety training and equipment for all youth team officials that use the Department of Recreation & Parks’ facilities. Too often, youth team coaches are not equipped with the training and equipment to keep our young athletes safe. If a medical emergency happens during a youth related sports event, I want to make sure that this city has taken every step possible to ensure the coaches are equipped to properly respond. Passed unanimously on 3rd Reader at the 10/7 City Council Meeting. Signed into law by the Mayor (reported at 11/4 City Council meeting).
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☑ In Committee

☑ 2nd Reader
☑ 3rd Reader
☑ Passed
☑ Sent to Mayor for Signature

☑ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0337: The Jordan McNair Youth Athletic Protection Act.
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End ‘Gag Orders’ in City Legal SettlementsCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ORDINANCEPass Bill 19-0409 "Transparency and Oversight in Claims and Litigation" – legislation co-sponsored by Council President Scott and Councilwoman Sneed.This bill makes the use of non-disparagement agreements, or "gag orders," illegal for settlement agreements in police misconduct and unlawful discrimination claims levied against the City of Baltimore. “Gag orders” require residents to keep silent in cases of police misconduct, if they reach a financial settlement with the City. The bill also requires the City's Law Department to publish information about claims filed.Passed unanimously on 3rd Reader at the 10/28 City Council Meeting.

Awaiting Mayor's signature.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☑ In Committee

☑ 2nd Reader
☑ 3rd Reader
☑ Passed
☑ Sent to Mayor for Signature

☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0409: Transparency and Oversight in Claims and Litigation
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Fight for More Money for Our Public SchoolsINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESAdvocate for increasing the City's contribution to our public schools.The upcoming legislative session in Annapolis will be critically important for the fate of our children and public education system. Fighting for Baltimore's public schools as the Kirwan Commission finalizes its recommendations will be a top priority of my legislative agenda in Annapolis.On 10/16, Council President Scott asked Mayor Young to contribute the City's projected $34 million surplus from FY19 to Baltimore City Public Schools to support the effort to bring reliable heat and air conditioning to all students. This one-time surplus of leftover funds would be best spent ensuring all of our students can learn in comfortable environments and avoid missing class time due to extreme temperatures.

This is not an either or — we have the obligation to meet the basic needs of our students in the classroom AND fight for our fair share of state education funding.
Read the letter sent to Mayor Young regarding Baltimore's projected $34 million budget surplus here.
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Require Legislation to Have Fiscal and Equity AnalysisEQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTORDINANCEPass a law requiring all ordinances to have a completed fiscal and equity analysis.Good policy starts with a deep understanding of the issue at hand. Before it votes on any bill, the City Council should know what the bill does, how much it will cost taxpayers, and what impact it will have on all Baltimoreans. Introduced on 9/9/19 and assigned to the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

The ordinance was referred to the City Solicitor, Department of Finance, and the Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0442: Equity Assessment and Fiscal Note Requirement
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Require City Charter Reviews Every DecadeCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ORDINANCEPass legislation creating a Charter Review Commission, made up of city officials, legal experts, and residents. The Charter is the primary governing document for the city. Unfortunately, it is not regularly reviewed and updated. The Charter Review Commission will make recommendations for how to improve and modernize our City Charter each decade.Introduced on 9/9/19 and assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

The ordinance was referred to the City Solicitor and the Department of Finance.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0441: Charter Amendment - Charter Review Commission
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Create More Modern Opportunities for Youth INVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESFight for our recreation centers to be open seven days per week.Our recreational centers must be a community resource all week round. In the Council President's first month on the job, he and the Council secured an additional $2.6 million dollars to keep Baltimore's recreation centers open on Saturdays. In the upcoming budget process, he will fight for our recreation centers to be open on Sundays. Baltimore's recreation centers began operating on Saturdays beginning 9/7/19.

Under Council President Scott's leadership, the Baltimore City Council secured an additional $2.6 million for the Department of Recreation and Parks in the June 2019 budget process.
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Create City Administrator For BaltimoreCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
CHARTER AMENDMENTPass Bill 19-0382, a Charter Amendment Council President Scott introduced as a Councilmember, to establish a City Administrator in Baltimore City.In many jurisdictions, the roles of the Mayor and chief administrator are separate. Mayors are executives who focus on the challenges facing the city, while administrators play a politically-neutral role maintaining efficient city operations. Awaiting public hearing. The charter amendment was assigned to the Judiciary Committee on 7/22/19.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law by August '20
Read Bill 19-0382: Charter Amendment - City Administrator
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Strengthen City Ethics WatchdogCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ORDINANCEFight for the passage of a bill to separate the Board of Ethics from the Department of Legislative Reference.
Currently, a small volunteer Board of Ethics with no full-time staff conducts investigations into potential violations of the Ethics Code. The Department of Legislative Reference, a department primarily tasked with bill drafting and legal research, spends part of its time working on ethics issues. Awaiting public hearing. The ordinance was assigned to the Judiciary Committee on 7/22/19.
☑ Introduced
☑ Referred to Committee
☑ Referred to Departments

☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
Read Bill 19-0378: Ethics Board - Administration and Staff.
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Change the Makeup of the Board of EstimatesCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
CHARTER AMENDMENTIntroduce a Charter Amendment to reduce the size of the Board of Estimates from five members to three.Changing the makeup of the Board of Estimates is one way to increase transparency and deliberation in how taxpayer dollars are spent. The Board is currently made up of the City Council President, Mayor, Comptroller, City Solicitor, and Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW). The City Solicitor and DPW Director are both appointed by the Mayor.
☐ Introduced
☐ Referred to Committee
☐ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law by August '20
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Strengthen City Ethics WatchdogCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESFight for funding to appropriately staff the Baltimore City Board of Ethics.Baltimore City Government has thirteen-thousand employees with an operating budget of $2.90 billion, yet allocates $0 for ethics enforcement, as recently reported by The Baltimore Sun. This is entirely inadequate particularly in light of recent events calling the ethics of elected officials and City employees into question.
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Expand Access to Public HearingsCLEANING UP
CITY
GOVERNMENT
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESMake all meetings of the City Council and its committees available for live streaming and comments.The best way to engage residents who are most affected by policies is to hold public hearings in those communities. Technology has made live streaming and commenting simple and cheap. Council President Scott seeks to make the halls of power more accessible for all residents.
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Restore Local Control and Oversight of the BPDSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESADVOCACY & INITIATIVESContinue advocacy in Annapolis to restore local control of the Baltimore Police Department.Baltimore is the only jurisdiction in Maryland that does not directly oversee its police department. Baltimore’s residents must advocate for legislative reforms to the police department by traveling to Annapolis to lobby our state representatives. Without the ability to set policies and provide oversight, we will not be able to truly transform this department and fulfill Consent Decree requirements.
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Nominate Advisory Commission for Public SafetySAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESADVOCACY & INITIATIVESName an Advisory Commission for Public Safety to give residents a voice as we address the public safety needs of their communities in the context of the Consent Decree. In 2017, Council President Scott passed a law establishing a Citizens Advisory Commission for Public Safety (17-0063). This Commission is established, but its members have not been nominated. The Commission is tasked with making recommendations to our agencies about how to address community concerns related to public safety. With new leadership at the Baltimore Police Department and the Consent Decree process underway, it's time for this group to get to work.Read Bill 17-0063: Citizens Advisory Commission for Public Safety
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Address Trauma Associated with Violence and AddictionSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESRESOLUTIONAsk the Administration to strengthen cross-agency responses to violence and addiction, with a particular focus on having a more robust mental health response for our youth, families, and communities. When someone is harmed by violence the harm inflicted reverberates beyond the victim — families and communities are impacted as well. Our city agencies all have a role to play in serving and supporting those who have been directly and indirectly impacted by gun violence. There are many ways we could better deploy city resources to respond to trauma inflicted by violence and addiction. ☐ Introduced
☐ Adopted
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Resist Regressive "Tough On Crime" LawsSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESADVOCACY & INITIATIVESFight attempts to re-introduce harmful and ineffective legislation that seeks to be "tough on crime," such as increasing mandatory minimums for gun violations. Mandatory minimum sentencing law and broken-windows policing can be attractive to elected leaders who desperately want to curb violent crime. These approaches do not bear out as successful crime-fighting strategies with sustained results. Furthermore, Maryland law already establishes mandatory minimums for certain gun violations and these laws have not disincentivized gun violence.
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Implement Small, Local Business PreferenceSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESADVOCACY & INITIATIVESPropose solutions that increase opportunities for small businesses and hold oversight hearings to encourage agencies to use thie small, local business preference. Council President Scott supported charter amendment 16-0672 which allowed for the creation of a small and local business enterprise procurement preference. After this was approved, the Council passed an ordinance creating a Small Local Business Enterprise Procurement Preference, which I also supported. Unfortunately, the City has yet to implement this program. The ordinance allows a 10% preference for local and small businesses.Read Bill 16-0723: Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises - Small Local Business Enterprise Procurement Preferences
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Promote Workforce Re-EntrySAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESORDINANCEIntroduce legislation to establish a pilot program for the use of Community Workforce Agreements (CWAs) on certain city contracts. CWAs expand entry level employment opportunities, bringing individuals from disadvantaged populations in Baltimore City into the construction labor force through apprentices.
☐ Introduced
☐ Referred to Committee
☐ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
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Promote Workforce Re-EntrySAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESORDINANCEIntroduce an ordinance requiring each agency to study their staffing model and search for opportunities to hire returning citizens and youth. This includes reviewing their hiring practices and conducting an analysis of budgeted but vacant positions to identify opportunities to hire returning citizens. We are missing a huge opportunity. Our reentry workforce is ready, willing and able to work but they are also the most vulnerable to the drug trade. They come home, many hoping to change their lives, but are unable to because of the realities of how tough it can be to find a job.
☐ Introduced
☐ Referred to Committee
☐ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law
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Create President’s Business RoundtablesSAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITIESADVOCACY & INITIATIVESHost quarterly open meetings with Baltimore’s small businesses to better understand their role in our local economy, their needs, and how they support sustainable economic development in our communities. A regular convening of our small business community can help ensure that the perspectives and ideas of the business community are heard with regularity. These quarterly roundtables present an opportunity to have a regular dialogue with our businesses and to hear their concerns and suggestions on pending City Council legislation that might affect their operations.
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Create More Modern Opportunities for Youth INVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESWork with the Department of Recreation and Parks and Baltimore's non-profit sector to improve facilities and programming to ensure that they meet the needs of our youth. Keeping the recreation center doors open is not enough. Many of our facilities need serious renovation and basic maintenance. Our centers must be places young people want to go, with modern facilities and modern programming that is relevant and appealing to our young people.
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Improve Planning for Summer YouthWorksINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
OVERSIGHT HEARINGWork with the City Council and the Mayor's Office of Employment Development to increase oversight and planning of the YouthWorks Program. Every young person in our city who wants a summer job should be able to have one. In advance of application season, the City Council will use its oversight functions to work with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development to ensure the City is on target to provide the appropriate level of placements.
☐ Introduced
☐ Assigned to Committee
☐ Referred to Departments
☐ Hearing Date Scheduled
☐ Hearing Held
☐ Follow Up
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Lower Voting Age for Municipal ElectionsINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
CHARTER AMENDMENTIntroduce and pass a charter amendment to lower the voting age in Baltimore City municipal elections to 16. Sixteen-year-olds are permitted to drive, work, pay taxes, and be charged as an adult. If we want to foster civic engagement and show our youth that we take their voices seriously, we must allow them to vote. Several cities in Maryland already allow 16-year-olds to vote in local elections: Takoma Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, and Riverdale Park. These policy changes have dramatically increased youth engagement.
☐ Introduced
☐ Referred to Committee
☐ Referred to Departments
☐ In Committee
☐ 2nd Reader
☐ 3rd Reader
☐ Passed
☐ Sent to Mayor for Signature
☐ Signed into Law by August '20
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Inspire More City Government MentorsINVESTING
IN YOUTH,
OUR FUTURE
ADVOCACY & INITIATIVESIncrease the number of city employees engaging in youth mentoring across the City of Baltimore, while working with the administration to identify incentives for participation. Many of Baltimore’s youth need positive adult role models. The Council President will encourage City Council staff to take time out of the office during the work week to engage in mentoring activities and programs. There is already a policy in place that permits such activity, but it has not always been promoted or encouraged.
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Implement Equity Assessment ProgramEQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTADVOCACY & INITIATIVESDirect the Council Committees to hold the Administration accountable for compliance with the requirements of the Equity Assessment Program (18-0223). In 2018, Council President Scott introduced and passed important legislation that requires City agencies to conduct an equity analysis and to participate in equity training. This legislation is an important step toward redressing Baltimore’s historic and current inequitable policies and practices. These requirements will move government agencies to rethink the way they formulate and implement policy. Read Bill 18-0223: Equity Assessment Program.
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Implement Equity Assessment ProgramEQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTADVOCACY & INITIATIVESHire an Equity Coordinator for the Baltimore City Council and require the Council and all Council staff members to complete equity training. The Equity Coordinator's job is to normalize and prioritize equitable outcomes in all decision making. To bring the necessary transparency to this process, the City Council will hold hearings that will track the agencies’ progress in the public.
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Establish Funding Stream for the Equity Assistance FundEQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTADVOCACY & INITIATIVESIdentify a funding source for the Equity Assistance Fund (18-0222), a Charter Amendment sponsored by Council President Scott that received the support of voters in 2018.Baltimore City’s long history of segregation and discrimination is embedded in the law and manifests itself in countless ways, from the lack of access to safe, affordable housing, to real-world, lived experiences with the criminal justice system. To address this history, the Council President created a fund to assist with efforts that reduce inequity based on race, gender, and economic status in Baltimore. Read Bill 18-0222: Charter Amendment - Equity Assistance Fund
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Investigate Racially and Economically Disparate Impact of Fines and FeesEQUITY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENTADVOCACY & INITIATIVESEstablish a task force of government officials, residents, community partners, and experts to study and provide recommendations on how to address the many ways our city government places burdensome fees and fines on individuals. Every day, Baltimoreans across the city are fined for a range of infractions; from parking tickets, to high grass and weeds, also known as “quality of life” citations. These fines often tax poverty and can send a person or family into a debt spiral.
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