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The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: May 2023

Updated: May 23, 2023

$1.5 Million for public open space in Beltsville

The21st District Delegates and I got $1.5 million in the state budget this year for the Maryland Park and Planning Commission to help buy Cross Creek property in Beltsville for community use. Theland was formerly the Cross Creek Golf Course and will be used for nature/hiking trails and the development of an arboretum similar to the Brookside Gardens Wheaton. We’re working closely with Councilman Tom Dernoga on this project.

WANTED: Your ideas on improving transportation

Beltsville deserves a safe, equitable, convenient, and connected multimodal transportation system and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is asking your input to help us deliver it. MDOT is kicking off the new Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), Maryland’s long-range transportation plan, that will guide the state's vision and corresponding policy and investment priorities for the next 20 years.

A public survey is available for you to provide your ideas on the proposed 2050 MTP guiding principles, goals,and priorities. Please click HERE to take the short survey by May 5, 2023, and help us make transportation work even better for Beltsville.

The 2050 MTP proposed guiding principles, goals and priorities will be modified and adapted throughout the planning process that will run through 2023 by incorporating input received from Maryland's residents and visitors. MDOT plans to finalize the 2050 MTP by January 2024.

To learn more about the state's long-range transportation plan, go to

Help for Homeowners

Maryland’s Free Homeowner Assistance Fund was designed to provide help to homeowners who are more than 90 days delinquent on mortgage payments, property taxes, and more. Visit or call 877-462-7555 to

learn more.


The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) reports that Kia and

Hyundai cars continue to be stolen at increased rates in Maryland and nationwide. These thefts are related to “challenges” circulating on social media that show how to start certain Kia and Hyundai models using a USB cord. Contact your dealer to find out ifyour car is one of the models that are vulnerable to theft.

There have been reports in the media of some insurance companies refusing to write a policy for these vehicles in some states. This is not allowed in Maryland and the Maryland Insurance Administration has confirmed that coverage for these vehicles continues to be available from all of the state’s largest insurer groups. If you have been refused coverage because you own a Hyundai or a Kia, you can file a complaint with the MIA through their website. The MIA also urges owners of impacted vehicles to take action to protect their vehicles from theft. Law enforcement has advised:

- Don’t leave phone charging cables in your car.

- Lock and park your car in secure well-lit areas.

- Use a steering column lock device or other theft deterrent technology.

- Contact your car dealer to learn about the available software upgrades for your specific vehicle.

For questions: 410-468-2000 or 800-492-6116, or visit their website at

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 or call 410-841-3141.

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