The 2022 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly will come to a close on Monday, April 11, 2022. After 90 days of championing key bills and testifying on many other pieces of important legislation, it is safe to say that Preservation Maryland had one of its busiest legislative sessions in the organization’s history. With Session adjourned until January 2023, we are proud to report that we were able to make significant policy advances for preservation and smart growth in Maryland, while also securing an unprecedented amount of funding for preservation across the state.
We are closing in on the last few weeks of an extremely busy 90-day legislative session, and Preservation Maryland is staying engaged in Annapolis, with the organization championing several key bills and testifying on many other important pieces of legislation.
President & CEO Nicholas Redding testified this week, in front of the Senate Budget and Tax Committee, in support of legislation, SB228, to make improvements to the Maryland Corps program, including the creation of a state Historic Trades Corps.
Preservation Maryland powers The Campaign for Historic Trades, creating hands-on opportunities for individuals looking to explore, build, or expand historic trades careers through a partnership with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center, and the organization therefore enthusiastically supports the creation of a state initiative modeled after the successful federal program.
According to the Department of Labor, construction is a “nontraditional” career field for women because women account for fewer than 25% of the registered workforce. The term “nontraditional”, however, implies that women did not and do not traditionally participate in construction work. This is inaccurate. This misconception erases women’s contribution to historic structures and is a disservice to present-day women working in building trades. This webinar delves into women’s roles in construction, historically and today.