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Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
Motto Facing The Rising Sun of a New Day Begun
Formation 1970
Type Political organization
Legal status 501(c)(4)
Purpose/focus public policies
Headquarters Lowe House Office Building
Location Annapolis, Maryland
Region served Maryland, United States of America
Membership 44 members
Official languages English
Chairman Veronica L. Turner
Parent organization National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Affiliations Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Foundation
Staff 1
Volunteers 10
Website www.legislativeblkcaucusmd.org

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.[1] 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.

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Role

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.

2009 legislation

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.

2007 legislation

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.[1] 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.[2] 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. [3] 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.

Current membership

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Officers 2008-2010

District Officers Position
26 Veronica L. Turner Chair
40 Catherine E. Pugh 1st Vice-chair
25 Aisha Braveboy 2nd Vice-chair
40 Shawn Z. Tarrant Secretary
24 Joanne C. Benson Treasurer
10 Emmett C. Burns Jr. Chaplain
41 Rudolph C. Cane Parliamentarian
10 Delores G. Kelley Historian

Senators

District County(s) Represented Member Senator Party First Elected Committee
10 Baltimore County Sen kelley.jpg Delores G. Kelley Democratic 1994 Finance
24 Prince George's 1exum07.jpg Nathaniel Exum Democratic 1998 Finance
25 Prince George's 1a curry.jpg Ulysses Currie Democratic 1994 Budget and Taxation (Chair)
26 Prince George's 1muse.jpg C. Anthony Muse Democratic 2006 Judicial Proceedings
40 Baltimore City 1cpugh.jpg Catherine E. Pugh Democratic 2006 Finance
41 Baltimore City Lisagladden.jpgLisa A. Gladden Democratic 2002 Judicial Proceedings
43 Baltimore City 1jccoway.jpg Joan Carter Conway Democratic 1997[2] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Chair)
44 Baltimore City 1vljones.jpg Verna L. Jones Democratic 2002 Budget and Taxation
45 Baltimore City 1macfad07.jpg Nathaniel J. McFadden Democratic 1994 Budget and Taxation
47 Prince George's 1harrington.jpgDavid C. Harrington Democratic 2008[3] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

House members

District County(s) Represented Member Delegate Party First Elected Committee
10 Baltimore County 1burns07.JPG Emmett Burns Democratic 1994 Economic Matters
10 Baltimore County 1ajones07.jpg Adrienne Jones Democratic 1997[2] Appropriations
10 Baltimore County 1nathanpul.jpg Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Democratic 1994 Health and Government Operations
13 Howard 1fturner07.jpg Frank S. Turner Democratic 1994 Ways and Means
14 Montgomery 1taylor07.jpg Herman Taylor Democratic 2003 Economic Matters
15 Montgomery 1crice07.JPG Craig L. Rice Democratic 2006 Ways and Means
18 Montgomery 1acarr.jpg Alfred Carr Democratic 2007[3] Environmental Matters
21 Prince George's, Anne Arundel 1penamel.jpg Joseline Pena-Melnyk Democratic 2006 Health and Government Operations
22 Prince George's 1gaines07.JPG Tawanna Gaines Democratic 2001[2] Appropriations
23A Prince George's 1levi.jpg Gerron Levi Democratic 2006 Judiciary
23B Prince George's 1holmes07.JPG Marvin Holmes Democratic 2002 Environmental Matters
24 Prince George's 1benson.jpg Joanne Benson Democratic 1990 Health and Government Operations
24 Prince George's 1howard07.JPG Carolyn J.B. Howard Democratic 1988[2] Ways and Means
24 Prince George's 1vaughan.jpg Michael Vaughn Democratic 2002 Economic Matters
25 Prince George's 1braveboy.jpg Aisha Braveboy Democratic 2006 Economic Matters
25 Prince George's Dddavis.jpgDereck E. Davis Democratic 1994 Economic Matters (Chair)
25 Prince George's 1melony.jpgMelony Griffith Democratic 1998 Appropriations
26 Prince George's 1jwalker07.jpg Jay Walker Democratic 2006 Ways and Means
26 Prince George's 1turner07.jpg Veronica Turner Democratic 2002 Health and Government Operations
27A Prince George'sCalvert 1proctor07.jpgJim Proctor Democratic 1990[2] Appropriations (Vice-Chair)
37A Wicomico, Dorchester, 11cane07.jpgRudolph C. Cane Democratic 1998 Environmental Matters
40 Baltimore City 1fconwayjr.jpg Frank Conaway, Jr. Democratic 2006 Judiciary
40 Baltimore City BROBINSON2007.jpg Barbara Robinson Democratic 2006 Appropriations
40 Baltimore City Sztarrant.JPG Shawn Z. Tarrant Democratic 2006 Health and Government Operations
41 Baltimore City 1carter07.jpg Jill P. Carter Democratic 2002 Judiciary
41 Baltimore City 1oaks07.jpg Nathaniel T. Oaks Democratic 1982 Health and Government Operations
43 Baltimore City Caucuson.jpg Curt Anderson Democratic 1982 Judiciary
44 Baltimore City Khaynes07.jpg Keith E. Haynes Democratic 2002 Appropriations
44 Baltimore City 1ruthkirk.jpg Ruth M. Kirk Democratic 1982 Economic Matters
44 Baltimore City Stukes07.jpg Melvin L. Stukes Democratic 2006 Ways and Means
45 Baltimore City 1branch.jpg Talmadge Branch Democratic 1994 Appropriations
45 Baltimore City 1cerylglennn.jpg Cheryl Glenn Democratic 2006 Environmental Matters
45 Baltimore City 1hattie.JPGHattie N. Harrison Democratic 1973[2] Economic Matters
47 Prince George's Jolivey.jpg Jolene Ivey Democratic 2006 Ways and Means

History

Former chairmen Trotter and Anderson with Rev. Jesse Jackson during a Caucus meeting in Annapolis, Maryland (1988)

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.[4] 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.

Former chairs

Maryland Manual-List of Black Caucus Chairman

Name Tenure County
1vljones.jpg Senator Verna L. Jones 2006-2008 Baltimore City
11cane07.jpg Delegate Rudolph C. Cane 2004-2006 Wicomico
Replace this image male.svgDelegate Obie Patterson 2002-2004 Prince Georges
1branch.jpg Delegate Talmadge Branch 2000-2002 Baltimore City
1howard07.JPG Delegate Carolyn J. B. Howard 1998-2000 Prince Georges
Replace this image male.svgSenator Larry Young 1996-1997 Baltimore City
1benson.jpg Delegate Joanne C. Benson 1995-1996 Prince Georges
Replace this image male.svgDelegate John D. Jefferies 1992-1994 Baltimore City
1cjones1990.jpg Delegate Christine M. Jones 1991-1992 Prince Georges
1canderson1990.jpg Delegate Curt Anderson 1988-1990 Baltimore City
Senator Decatur "Bucky" Trotter 1986-1988 Prince Georges
Elijah Cummings, CPD photo 109th Congress.jpg Delegate Elijah E. Cummings 1984-1985 Baltimore City
Senator Clarence W. Blount 1982-1984 Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgDelegate Frank Conaway, Sr. 1981-1982 Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgSenator Robert Douglas 1978-1980 Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgDelegate Arthur Murphy, Sr. 1978 Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgSenator Robert Douglas 1976-1978, Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgDelegate Lloyal Randolph 1972-1975 Baltimore City
Replace this image male.svgDelegate Arthur King 1970-1972 Prince Georges

Notes

  1. ^ "SB488". Maryland Legislative Information System. http://mlis.state.md.us/2007rs/billfile/sb0488.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-01.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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.
  3. ^ a b Originally appointed to office to fill an open seat, rather than elected.
  4. ^ "About Us". Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. http://legislativeblkcaucusmd.org/aboutus.html. Retrieved 2008-05-20.  

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