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  1. This Meow is a Roar

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    Dear Friends, Last weekend, I attended the Women's March on Washington alongside at least 500,000 fellow marchers, 3.3 million across America, and nearly 5 million internationally. This was truly a life changing experience for many of us. After the march I stayed up late with my out of town guests talking about next steps. We felt so empowered and optimistic for the future - How do we keep this momentum going? Over the last few days, I have been overwhelmed by constituents with similar questions. People want to get involved and commit their energy to positive change for our communities. As your representative, I have heard you. I intend to bring your voices into the halls of the State House here in Annapolis and support the issues we marched for. Worker's Rights: My colleague Delegate Luke Clippinger has sponsored very important earned sick days legislation. I have, once again, co-sponsored the Maryland Working Families Act, which would …

  2. ...a lot of fight left in me...

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    Near midnight on election night, I held my twelve year old daughter as she bawled. Her heart was broken by the election results. She has been a regular volunteer on the Hillary Clinton campaign, traveling to Pennsylvania to help knock on doors and make phone calls. She was crushed by Hillary's defeat, and scared for what the future would bring. As a mother it was my job to be strong and reassure her that it will be OK.  And that is what I did. Even though, I too was deeply concerned and disappointed.  The next day I awoke knowing that in addition to my job as a mother, I also have an important role here as an elected official representing Montgomery County. I am writing to reassure you- my constituents- that after this election I have a strengthened commitment to do everything within my power to advance and protect our shared values.  75% of Montgomery County voters joined me in supporting Hillary Clinton, and another 6% supported third party or…

  3. Governor Signs Contraceptive Equity Act

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    Today, Governor Hogan signed into law HB 1005 - The Contraceptive Equity Act.  Frustrated by unprecedented attacks against Planned Parenthood last summer, I decided to do something positive. Working with Planned Parenthood of Maryland, we took on the fight to expand access to family planning in Maryland. With strong support from Speaker Mike Bush we made that happen. This legislation, which I sponsored, makes Maryland first in the nation for access to birth control by eliminating co-pays, requiring six months of birth control to be distributed at a time, preventing preauthorizations for IUD's and implants, requiring no cost vasectomy coverage, over the counter Emergency Contraception coverage, and more.  To learn more about this landmark bill, you can read today's articles in The Washington Post, "Hogan Signs Bill to Make Birth Control Cheaper" and in The Baltimore Sun,"New Law Puts Maryland at Forefront of Birth Control …

  4. 2016 End of Session Letter

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    April 11, 2016 Dear Neighbor, Thank you for the privilege of representing you in the Maryland General Assembly as your District 16 Delegate. I am pleased and proud to report that we made significant progress this legislative session that will help strengthen our economy, our schools, and our families, as well as foster a safer and healthier environment. In addition to passing eleven of my own bills this session, I was also appointed to serve on the Public Health Sub-Committee, appointed to Co-Chair the Joint Committee on Children Youth and Families, elected President-elect of the Women Legislators of Maryland, and appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as Deputy Majority Whip. Here is an overview of the recently concluded 2016 legislative session: The State Budget The General Assembly passed a $42 billion budget that is fiscally responsible and balanced, meeting the priorities of Marylanders without raising taxes. The operating budget fully funds all of Marylan…

  5. Major Legislative Victories!

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    March 22, 2016 Dear Friend, The 2016 legislative session is in full swing! As you know, I focus on improving the lives of Maryland families and supporting our small businesses.  I am thrilled to report that I have had major victories already this session. Read on to learn more! You can also click here for a complete list of all the bills that I am sponsoring or co-sponsoring this year. Contraceptive Equity Act Passes!  A whopping 40% of Maryland pregnancies are unintended. Working with Planned Parenthood, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynocologists (ACOG) and National Association of Social Workers, I set out to reduce this number by increasing access to birth control in Maryland. If enacted, this will be the most comprehensive expansion on insurance coverage for family planning in the nation. This bill expands and builds on the family planning provisions of the Afford…

  6. Press Conference for Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Press Release

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    Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Delegate Kelly pushes paid family leave at Monday press conference   For Immediate Release Contact: The Office of Delegate Ariana Kelly Ariana.Kelly@house.state.md.us (301) 858-3642 SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, Maryland State Delegate Ariana Kelly (D-16) and Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker held a press conference to introduce legislation (HB740) to establish a state-run insurance fund for worker who must take unpaid leave due to a serious medical condition; a family member’s military deployment; or, to care for a new child or a family member with a serious illness.  The announcement was made at the Silver Spring Civic Building located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Delegate Kelly and Councilmember Hucker were joined by a broad coalition of paid family and medical leave advocates, including Cindy Carter of the Cindy Carter Cancer Support Foundation, Charly Carter, Executive Director of M…

  7. Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Legislation: HB 740

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    Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program Legislation that would provide paid family leave for Maryland families   For Immediate Release Contact: The Office of Delegate Ariana Kelly Ariana.Kelly@house.state.md.us (301) 858-3642 Annapolis, MD. (February 9, 2016) ­– Delegate Ariana Kelly (D-16) of Montgomery County and Senator Catherine Pugh (D-40) from Baltimore City, joined by nearly 100 co-sponsors from across the state, introduced legislation to develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Program in Maryland. The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program creates a state-run social insurance fund for workers who must take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to a serious medical condition; a family member’s military deployment; or, to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition. "The U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world without a paid family leave system -- a fact that is not sustainable for Maryl…

  8. Join Us Tonight to Learn About Paid Family Leave in Maryland

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    Dear Friend,I am working to institute a paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance Fund in Maryland. This fund-- modeled after very popular programs in NJ, RI, and CA-- would support working people who need to take unpaid time off to deal with family and medical emergencies.  Federal law already allows people to take up to twelve weeks off in a crisis-- but not all employers can afford to pay employees during these absences. A Maryland Family & Medical Leave Insurance Fund would fill the gap. It works like unemployment insurance-- but for short term absences from work. Who would benefit from this insurance pool?: The man who develops a serious illness, like cancer, who needs time off for treatment. He can't afford to lose wages with medical bills piling up.  The loving son who must take a few weeks off of work to transition his elderly mother with dementia into long-term care. The parents who are caring for a child seriously injured in a car ac…

  9. RAMPING UP: The Best Is Yet To Come!

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    What an exciting month it has been! In addition to my work in the legislature, I started a new job as Executive Director of Suited for Change, an organization that supports women in the DC Metro area who are re-entering the workforce after facing various challenges, including health crises and domestic violence. Many of my constituents have been clients or longtime volunteers and supporters of Suited for Change, and I'm enjoying working with them in this new capacity as well. If you know me, you know I have spent a lifetime working to improve Family Economic Security. A modern economy requires businesses and government truly adapt to women in the workforce—and I believe there are solutions that are good for both businesses and families. I am so excited to see greater national attention being paid to the issues I have spent my career committed to—especially pay equity and paid family leave.During the Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton, Bernie San…

  10. BREAKING NEWS: Work, Women, and Wine....

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    Did you see me in the Washington Post and Bethesda Magazine yesterday? It was a VERY busy day, and the culmination of a hectic several months working for the families and businesses in District 16. Breaking News on Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund! This Bethesda Magazine article shares the big news that Montgomery County received a Federal grant to study establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave program in Maryland.  Since the Hogan Administration was not interested in figuring out how to make this happen, I partnered with the Montgomery County Council and Councilmember Hans Riemer to apply for this funding, which will pay for research needed to pass my legislation The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program- HB 985. The grant will put state and national experts to work figuring out how we can best implement a Paid Family and Medical Leave system in Maryland. These programs already exist in Californ…