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The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office July 2024

Join us and your neighbors for Beltsville Post-Session Community Meeting

Thursday, July 8th at 6:30 PM, I hope you can join me and Delegates Ben Barnes, Mary Lehman, and Joseline Peña-Melnyk for our post-legislative session meeting at the Beltsville Community Center (3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705). We want to hear your concerns and you can learn about new laws impacting Beltsville. We are eager to provide updates on key legislation and listen to your feedback on issues such as education, healthcare, transportation, and the environment. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Reminder: Fireworks are Illegal

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department encourages residents to attend the approved public fireworks displays offered throughout the County, handled by a licensed fireworks professional. While certain types of fireworks may be legal in some neighboring jurisdictions, Prince George's County has banned the sale, possession, and use of all kinds of fireworks by residents in hopes of preventing needless accidents and injuries. Under Prince George's County law: It is illegal for any person to manufacture, possess, store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell, discharge, use, burn, or explode any fireworks in Prince George's County, Maryland, except that an authorized display may be conducted by a licensed fireworks shooter. Penalties for law violations include a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months in jail.

 

Prince George’s County Clear the Curb Waste Collection Service Update

Beginning the week of July 1, Prince George’s County is expanding its Clear the Curb waste collection services for residents receiving County-contracted trash and recycling pickup. The new services will increase the number of acceptable curbside bulky trash items from two to four and introduce monthly curbside scrap metal and electronics recycling appointments. Thank you all for participating in the budget adoption process, from the County Executive’s proposal to the County Council’s public hearings. Your experiences are crucial to informing how we shape our spending plan. We could not have arrived at the adoption without you. The new curbside scrap metal and electronics recycling collection will be offered by appointment only on the third Monday of each month. The first day of service begins July 15 and can be scheduled online or by contacting bit.ly/PGC311. Scrap tires, white goods, and other appliances will continue to be scheduled for pickup through bit.ly/PGC311. Residents may verify their waste collection day at bit.ly/PGCcollectiondaylookup by entering their household address in the search bar and reviewing the list in the white pop-up box.

 

Prince George’s County Elderly Tax Credit

The portal and online applications for new submissions are now open for the tax year starting July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. Additionally, the customer service counter is now accepting walk-in payments Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information on property taxes in Prince George's County, visit bit.ly/4dEsyJs

 

College Park Farmer's Market 

Every Saturday Visit the Hollywood Shopping Plaza on Rhode Island Avenue near Mom’s Grocery to enjoy the College Park Farmers Market. The market is held every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Don’t forget your reusable bags! To learn about other Farmers Markets in the County, visit bit.ly/FarmersMarketsPGC

 

Rent Stabilization

The Temporary Rent Stabilization Law has been extended to October 17, 2024. If you believe your renewed lease is in violation of the law, please report this matter to the Department of Permitting Inspections and Enforcement via PGC311. Emergency Rental Assistance Program The new Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) guidelines went into effect on May 1, 2024. The Department of Housing and Community Development will limit application acceptance by limiting access to the ERAP application portal to those tenant households with an active court-filed eviction rather than those with an eviction notice. Tenant households with active court-filed eviction cases and in possession of a court summons, court judgment, or warrant of restitution will still be able to apply for ERAP. Please go to the DHCD ERAP website to apply and submit a copy of your court summons, judgment, or warrant of restitution. For additional questions, tenant households should call the ERAP Call Center at (301) 883-6504, option 9. The ERAP Call Center customer service representative will instruct the tenant on the next steps. ERAP tenant households applying for ERAP assistance must read and listen to all instructions prior to completing the ERAP application. DHCD will screen applications received, and those without the required court-filed eviction documentation will not be reviewed.

 

Contact me

Please let me know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if I can be of help to you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 410-841-3141.

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