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Keeping Our Communities Safe

"Everyone wants and deserves to live in an environment where they know their families are safe from crime."

We need to approach public safety with common sense, scientifically proven measures that will actually solve the problems plaguing our great state. We need to keep our brave men and women on the police force safe by investing more in public safety training, body worn cameras, and supplementing a mobile crisis response teams

I also believe in the need to continue our efforts to reduce gun violence while still protecting the rights granted by the Second Amendment. Research done in Maryland points to a range of solutions such as keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, more comprehensive background checks, “smart guns” with built-in firearm safety mechanisms, and banning so-called “ghost guns” that cannot be tracked. Expanding access to mental healthcare could also go a long way in preventing individuals from committing acts of violence. The best way to protect the Second Amendment is to work together to make Maryland safer for responsible, law-abiding gun owners as well as those who choose not to own guns.

Cybersecurity is becoming one of the most prevalent issues in our society today as we continue to modernize our way of life. Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more frequent on federal, state and local systems resulting in the loss of millions of dollars every year. Improving the security of our online systems in the state of Maryland is critical to making sure our state agencies can continue to operate efficiently and minimize personal information being stolen.  As the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Biotechnology,  and the co-chair of the Cybersecurity Council Committee on State and Local Cybersecurity, I led the Senate effort to pass a Cybersecurity Package to provide the policy, oversight, and resources necessary to protect the state of Maryland - from our largest state agencies to the smallest school systems - from cyber attacks.