Senator Carter’s career of serving her community spans over 35 years.

Member of Senate since May 4, 2018. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2019-; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2019-; Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight, 2019-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2020-. Member, Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2018-; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2018-; Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2021-.

Member, Pimlico Community Development Authority, 2018-; Juvenile Justice Reform Council, 2019-; Maryland Violence Intervention and Prevention Advisory Council, 2019-; COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, 2020-21; Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission, 2020-; Maryland State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision, 2020-.

Member of House of Delegates, January 8, 2003 to January 2, 2017. Resigned January 2, 2017. Member, Judiciary Committee, 2003-17 (juvenile law subcommittee, 2003-05; criminal justice subcommittee, 2005-06; chair, estates & trusts subcommittee, 2007-11; chair, juvenile law subcommittee, 2011-17; member, family law subcommittee, 2015-17). Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2004-06. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2003-17 (parliamentarian, 2004-17); Women Legislators of Maryland, 2003-17. City Council Assistant, 5th District, Baltimore City, 1988-90. Assistant Public Defender, District 1, Baltimore City, 1995. Hearing Officer, Civil Service Commission, Baltimore City, 1995-96. Assistant City Solicitor, Baltimore City, 1996-98. Member, Minority Business Enterprise Certification Advisory Committee, Department of Transportation, 1998-2000.

Member, Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Enterprise Reform, 2003; Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, 2013-14.

Director, Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement, Baltimore City, 2017-18 (deputy director, 2018-).


Sponsored Bills

AN ACT concerning Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health, and Health Care – Safety Children and Community Relations Plans FOR the purpose of requiring that certain regulations adopted by the Department of Juvenile Services governing juvenile care facilities and juvenile detention facilities include a requirement for the establishment, implementation, and revision of certain safety plans; requiring certain State residential centers and private group homes to establish, implement, and revise certain safety plans; requiring certain regulations adopted by the Behavioral Health Administration to include a revision for certain safety plans at a certain regular interval; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to require that certain health care facilities establish and implement certain safety plans and, under certain circumstances, a certain community relations plan ; requiring that certain health care facilities revise certain safety plans and, if applicable, certain community relations plans at a certain regular interval; and generally relating to the establishment, implementation, and revision of safety plans. BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments, Article – Health – General Section 7-501, 7-610, 7.5-402, and 19-1C-01 Annotated Code of Maryland (2019 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement) BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments, Article – Human Services Section 9-234 and 9-237 Annotated Code of Maryland (2019 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement)

Clarifying that the State considers certain amendments to the Potomac River Compact to be in effect.

Requiring the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions through the use of various measures, including the alteration of statewide greenhouse gas emissions goals, the establishment of a net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal, the development of certain energy efficiency and electrification requirements for certain buildings, and requiring electric companies to increase their annual incremental gross energy savings through certain programs and services; etc.

Altering provisions of law relating to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, the juvenile intake process, and the placement of a certain child in detention or community detention; altering provisions of law relating to the authority of the juvenile court in making a disposition on a certain petition; specifying the authority of the juvenile court to place a child on probation under certain circumstances; requiring a certain report from the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services; etc.

Establishing the Maryland State Police Gun Center as a statewide firearms enforcement center for the tracking, screening, and vetting of all firearm crimes committed in the State; and requiring the Center to create and maintain a statewide database to track certain information related to crimes committed with crime firearms.

Prohibiting a person from making or causing to be made a false statement, report, or complaint to a governmental emergency report recipient with reckless disregard of causing bodily harm; and providing that a person who violates this Act is civilly liable to an individual harmed by the violation.

Providing that, for the 30-day period beginning on the effective date of the Act, certain motor fuel taxes that would otherwise be imposed shall not apply; and requiring the Comptroller to announce the motor fuel tax-free period.

Hate Crimes – False Statement to a Law Enforcement Officer

Altering the definition of stalking to include conduct which occurs in person, through electronic communication, or through the use of a device that can pinpoint or track the location of another without the person’s knowledge or consent.

AN ACT concerning Vehicle Laws – Licenses and Permits – Prohibited Acts FOR the purpose of repealing a certain prohibition relating to licenses to drive and moped operator permits; prohibiting a person from engaging in any fraudulent or dishonest conduct in the examination or testing process for the issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or moped operator’s permit; and generally relating to licenses to drive and moped operator permits. BY repealing and reenacting, without amendments, Article – Transportation Section 16-301(a) and (b) Annotated Code of Maryland (2020 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement) BY repealing Article – Transportation Section 16-301(q) Annotated Code of Maryland (2020 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement) BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments, Article – Transportation Section 16-301(r) and 16-402(a)(36) Annotated Code of Maryland (2020 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement)

Establishing the Office of Resilience in the Maryland Department of Emergency Management; requiring the Director of the Maryland Department of Emergency Management to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to direct the Office of Resilience; requiring the Chief Resilience Officer to coordinate State and local efforts to build resilience to risks identified in the Maryland Hazard Mitigation Plan; and requiring certain State entities to appoint liaisons to the Office of Resilience for certain purposes.

AN ACT concerning Courts – Payment for Jury Service FOR the purpose of increasing the State per diem for jury service under certain circumstances; and generally relating to payment for jury service. BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments, Article – Courts and Judicial Proceedings Section 8-426 Annotated Code of Maryland (2020 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement)

AN ACT concerning Task Force to Study Public Information Act – Records Relating to Police Misconduct – Fees Requests Made to Law Enforcement – Establishment FOR the purpose of prohibiting an official custodian from charging a fee for the search and preparation of a certain number of pages of a certain record relating to an administrative or criminal investigation of misconduct by a police officer; and generally relating to fees for inspection of records relating to police misconduct establishing the Task Force to Study Public Information Act Requests Made to Law Enforcement; and generally relating to the Public Information Act . BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments, Article – General Provisions Section 4-206 Annotated Code of Maryland (2019 Replacement Volume and 2021 Supplement)

State Retirement and Pension System – Divestment From Russia

Solidarity With the Government and People of Ukraine