Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
|Motto||Facing The Rising Sun of a New Day Begun|
|Headquarters||Lowe House Office Building|
|Maryland, United States of America|
|Veronica L. Turner|
|National Black Caucus of State Legislators|
|Affiliations||Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Foundation|
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (also known as The Maryland Legislative Black Caucus) is an American political organization composed of African Americans elected to the Maryland General Assembly. Incorporated in 1970, the Caucus membership has grown from 17 to 44 and is one of the largest state legislative black caucuses in the country.
By drafting and sponsoring legislation to address constituent needs and by examining all bills that affect the black populace, the Caucus acts as a legislative body on behalf of the black community. Currently, of Maryland's 24 sub-divisions, only Baltimore City, Prince Georges, Baltimore, Montgomery, Howard and Wicomico Counties have elected members to the Maryland Black Caucus. So additionally the Caucus presents a black perspective from the entire state to the Legislature and advocates public policies that promote black social, cultural and economic progress, statewide. In addition, the Caucus serves as a research study group to generate pertinent data in support of appropriate public policies.
During the 2009 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the following Caucus general priorities were passed: SB 186- Correctional Facilities-Released Inmates-Identification Cards Sponsored by Senator Catherine Pugh. This bill will require the Commissioner of Correction to issue an identification card to an inmate before being released from confinement in a State Correctional facility. The identification card must comply with the requirements for secondary identification for the purpose of an identification card issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration.
SB 489- Minority Business Enterprise Certification-Cap on Personal Net Worth Sponsored by Senator Catherine Pugh. This bill requires that the personal net worth cap for eligibility in the State’s Minority Business Enterprise program be adjusted annually according to the Consumer Price Index. Personal net worth does not include up to $500,000 of the cash value of any qualified retirement savings plan or individual retirement account. The Maryland Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Attorney General’s office and specified legislative committees must evaluate whether the personal net worth cap should be further adjusted, and report its findings to the General Assembly by December 1, 2010.
SB 568-Minority Business Enterprise Program-Directory of Minority Business Enterprise Sponsored by Senator Catherine Pugh. This bill requires the Maryland Department of Transportation to include in its directory of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) a list of all MBEs that are ineligible to participate in the State’s MBE program because (1) one or more of its owners has a personal net worth that exceeds the statutory cap; or (2) the MBE no longer qualifies as a small business under federal guidelines.
HB 637- Task Force on Prisoner Reentry Sponsored by Delegate Gerron Levi, this emergency bill establishes a Task Force on Prisoner Reentry. The Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, or the Secretary’s designee, must chair the task force and provide staff support for the taskforce from the Department. An interim report to the Governor and the General Assembly is required by December 31, 2010 and final report of findings and recommendation is required by December 31, 2011.
During the 2009 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the following Caucus budgetary priorities were passed:
- Bowie State University received the $34 million needed for their new fine and performing arts building;
- Coppin State University received $4.1 million of the $9.4 million needed for their science and technology center;
- Morgan State University received $43.5 million of the $45 million needed for campus-wide renovations, new environment studies and business schools;
- The Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance program funding remained in the budget; and
- The Office of Minority Health received $335,000 out of $1 million set aside for infant mortality programs.
During the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland pushed several bills through both Houses and had them signed into law. One of which was a bill that required state contractors to pay their employees a “living wage.” For fiscal year 2008, the living wage is set at $ 11.30 in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City. It is set at $8.50 for all other areas of the State. Additionally, the Caucus pushed for SB 488. This bill allows an individual convicted of any crime, with the exception of buying or selling votes, to register to vote if not actually serving a court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation, for a felony conviction. Another Caucus bill, SB 543-2007 Darfur Protection Act-Divestiture from the Republic of Sudan, requires the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement and Pension System to encourage companies hold actively traded accounts in its portfolio that conduct business in Sudan to act responsibly and avoid actions that promote or enable human rights violations in Sudan. Additionally, the Caucus pushed for Senate Joint resolution 6 which requires the state to express regret for the role that Maryland played in instituting and maintaining slavery and for the discrimination that was slavery’s legacy. The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland also supported the creation of state debt for funding for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. $ 500,000 was awarded to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation.
|40||Barbara Robinson||2nd Vice-chair|
|37||Rudolph C. Cane||Secretary|
|44||Melvin L. Stukes||Chaplain|
|18||Alfred C. Carr, Jr.||Parliamentarian|
|23b||Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.||Historian|
|District||County(s) Represented||Member Senator||Party||First Elected||Committee|
|10||Baltimore County||Delores G. Kelley||Democratic||1994||Finance|
|24||Prince George's||Joanne C. Benson||Democratic||1998||Finance|
|25||Prince George's||Ulysses Currie||Democratic||1994||Budget and Taxation (Chair)|
|26||Prince George's||C. Anthony Muse||Democratic||2006||Judicial Proceedings|
|40||Baltimore City||Catherine E. Pugh||Democratic||2006||Finance|
|41||Baltimore City||Lisa A. Gladden||Democratic||2002||Judicial Proceedings|
|43||Baltimore City||Joan Carter Conway||Democratic||1997||Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Chair)|
|44||Baltimore City||Verna L. Jones||Democratic||2002||Budget and Taxation|
|45||Baltimore City||Nathaniel J. McFadden||Democratic||1994||Budget and Taxation|
|District||County (-ies) Represented||Member Delegate||Party||First Elected||Committee|
|10||Baltimore County||Emmett Burns||Democratic||1994||Economic Matters|
|10||Baltimore County||Adrienne Jones||Democratic||1997||Appropriations|
|10||Baltimore County||Shirley Nathan-Pulliam||Democratic||1994||Health and Government Operations|
|13||Howard||Frank S. Turner||Democratic||1994||Ways and Means|
|18||Montgomery||Alfred Carr||Democratic||2007||Environmental Matters|
|21||Prince George's, Anne Arundel||Joseline Pena-Melnyk||Democratic||2006||Health and Government Operations|
|22||Prince George's||Tawanna Gaines||Democratic||2001||Appropriations|
|22||Prince George's||Alonzo Washington||Democratic||2012||Ways and Means|
|23B||Prince George's||Marvin Holmes||Democratic||2002||Environmental Matters|
|24||Prince George's||Darren Swain||Democratic|
|24||Prince George's||Carolyn J.B. Howard||Democratic||1988||Ways and Means|
|24||Prince George's||Michael Vaughn||Democratic||2002||Economic Matters|
|25||Prince George's||Aisha Braveboy||Democratic||2006||Economic Matters|
|25||Prince George's||Dereck E. Davis||Democratic||1994||Economic Matters (Chair)|
|25||Prince George's||Melony Griffith||Democratic||1998||Appropriations|
|26||Prince George's||Jay Walker||Democratic||2006||Ways and Means|
|26||Prince George's||Veronica Turner||Democratic||2002||Health and Government Operations|
|27A||Prince George'sCalvert||Jim Proctor||Democratic||1990||Appropriations (Vice-Chair)|
|28||Charles||C.T. Wilson||Democratic||2010||Environmental Matters|
|37A||Wicomico, Dorchester,||Rudolph C. Cane||Democratic||1998||Environmental Matters|
|40||Baltimore City||Frank Conaway, Jr.||Democratic||2006||Judiciary|
|40||Baltimore City||Barbara Robinson||Democratic||2006||Appropriations|
|40||Baltimore City||Shawn Z. Tarrant||Democratic||2006||Health and Government Operations|
|41||Baltimore City||Jill P. Carter||Democratic||2002||Judiciary|
|41||Baltimore City||Nathaniel T. Oaks||Democratic||1982||Health and Government Operations|
|43||Baltimore City||Curt Anderson||Democratic||1982||Judiciary|
|43||Baltimore City||Mary L. Washington||Democratic||2010||Approptiations|
|44||Baltimore City||Keith E. Haynes||Democratic||2002||Appropriations|
|44||Baltimore City||Keiffer Mitchell||Democratic||1982||Economic Matters|
|44||Baltimore City||Melvin L. Stukes||Democratic||2006||Ways and Means|
|45||Baltimore City||Talmadge Branch||Democratic||1994||Appropriations|
|45||Baltimore City||Cheryl Glenn||Democratic||2006||Environmental Matters|
|45||Baltimore City||Nina R. Harper||Democratic||2013||Ways and Means|
|47||Prince George's||Jolene Ivey||Democratic||2006||Ways and Means|
|47||Prince George's||Michael G. Summers||Democratic||2010||Ways and Means|
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland was formed in 1970 as the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus. The Caucus has increased from it original membership of 17 to its present membership of 44. From its inception to the 1990s, only Prince George's County and Baltimore City had sent members to the Caucus. The present membership of the Legislative Black Caucus now includes elected representatives from Baltimore and Montgomery counties as well as the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
|Senator Catherine E. Pugh||2010-2012||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Veronica L. Turner||2008-2010||Prince Georges|
|Senator Verna L. Jones||2006-2008||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Rudolph C. Cane||2004-2006||Wicomico|
|Delegate Obie Patterson||2002-2004||Prince Georges|
|Delegate Talmadge Branch||2000-2002||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Carolyn J. B. Howard||1998-2000||Prince Georges|
|Senator Larry Young||1996-1997||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Joanne C. Benson||1995-1996||Prince Georges|
|Delegate John D. Jefferies||1992-1994||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Christine M. Jones||1991-1992||Prince Georges|
|Delegate Curt Anderson||1988-1990||Baltimore City|
|Senator Decatur "Bucky" Trotter||1986-1988||Prince Georges|
|Delegate Elijah E. Cummings||1984-1985||Baltimore City|
|Senator Clarence W. Blount||1982-1984||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Frank Conaway, Sr.||1981-1982||Baltimore City|
|Senator Robert Douglas||1978-1980||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Arthur Murphy, Sr.||1978||Baltimore City|
|Senator Robert Douglas||1976-1978,||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Lloyal Randolph||1972-1975||Baltimore City|
|Delegate Arthur King||1970-1972||Prince Georges|
- "SB488". Maryland Legislative Information System. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
- Originally appointed to office to fill an open seat, rather than elected. Each member so marked has been elected in their own right since their appointment.
- Originally appointed to office to fill an open seat, rather than elected.
- "About Us". Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Retrieved 2008-05-20.