Jim Brochin – Democratic Member of Senate

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WHO IS

JIM BROCHIN

As a Baltimore County executive and a member of the Democratic Party, Jim is serving his fourth term as a state senator representing the 42nd Legislative District serving areas including Pikesville, Towson, Cockeysville, Lutherville, and Northern Baltimore County. A product of the Baltimore County school system- Jim attended Fort Garrison Elementary, Pikesville Middle, and is a proud graduate of Pikesville High School.

What's important

Issues

STOPPING OVERDEVELOPMENT

Jim believes that Baltimore County has experienced decades of mismanaged development.

QUALITY EDUCATION

Jim understands that quality public education is essential for a thriving Baltimore County.

ENSURING PUBLIC SAFETY

Jim understands safe neighborhoods are the foundation of a strong community and focus on public safety improvements in Baltimore.

What I've done

Legislation

In my fifteen years of service, I have always placed my constituents’ concerns above politics. I have worked tirelessly on environmental issues, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, preserving open space, and ensuring that new state construction will be green buildings. I have sponsored legislation to make sure that violent offenders serve their whole sentences while recognizing drug addiction is a disease requiring treatment rather than incarceration.

Over the last few years I have listened intently to all sides of the debate over earned sick leave.

Of course, there is no compelling reason to deny parents taking off work to take their child or loved one to the doctor’s’ office or stay home with their children when they are sick. But, how we accomplish this legislatively is a different matter.

The 2017 Paid Sick Leave Bill is not the appropriate piece of legislation to get this done right.

Over the last 18 months, I have been contacted by almost every non-profit in my district asking me to oppose this legislation. These non-profits serve children who have developmental disabilities, children who are on the autism spectrum, and many of our most vulnerable community members. And what I have had explained to me, is that these non-profits are reimbursed by Medicaid and with the passage of this legislation, they will either have to cut services or go out of business. This bill cripples their ability to serve others.

This is one of the reasons that The Baltimore Sun (see link) and non-profits have come out against the current earned sick leave bill that is before the legislature.

I will not vote to overturn the Governor's veto because we can do better for Marylanders. As always, please contact my office with your comments and concerns.
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For a few years now I've been working with the community to restore the health of the Springlake Pond. Simply put, the pond's appearance has become nasty and it gives off a smell, and we're not sure any fish now live in the pond. It would be amazing if we can get the pond to look like it did (as shown in the community's newsletter). ... See MoreSee Less

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For those following the paid sick leave debate in Annapolis, I received the following from the Health Facilities Association of Maryland describing why they can't support the bill in its current form. ... See MoreSee Less

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Politicos Talk About Their Agendas for the New Legislative Session - Jmore January 2018 edition. ... See MoreSee Less

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Career Fair for Baltimore County Police Department. They are seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Police Officer, Cadet, and Police Explorer. Please share with anyone interested. ... See MoreSee Less

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With everyone talking about New Year's resolutions, I thought this was appropriate: "Snax with Max" from Baltimore County Public Schools. In these vignettes, Max will learn how to choose healthy eating options between meals. The goal is to demonstrate fun recipes while combining math facts and healthy nutrition tips that young people can understand. ... See MoreSee Less

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When we go to Annapolis in January, I will be re-introducing The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act.

Did you know: The U.S. Federal Court System and 37 States have rules or statutes that allow prosecutors to introduce evidence about the defendant’s prior sex crimes that demonstrate a pattern of victimization. But, in MD, prosecutors are not allowed to introduce a defendant’s past sexual abuse.
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Wishing family and friends a Christmas filled with peace and joy! ... See MoreSee Less

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