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City Council approves legislation to give residents more access to Baltimore City jobs

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BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, Aug. 16, 2021) – The City Council voted unanimously Monday to send the mayor legislation that will give Baltimore City residents more access to Baltimore City jobs. The bill promotes local hiring by requiring companies that compete for millions of dollars in city contracts to submit employment plans that reflect a commitment to hire, train and retain residents — especially those who are economically or socially disadvantaged.


Sponsored by Chairman Robert Stokes Sr., the bill requires companies that bid on city contracts to meet requirements by outlining their strategy for hiring Baltimore residents. Employment plans are considered a national best practice and used by jurisdictions across the country.


“Our local hiring bill looks out for our residents who are all too often locked out of the workforce, especially those who have experienced incarceration,” City Council President Nick J. Mosby said. “We need legislation, like this bill, to effectively drive down crime. It is only when our residents find real opportunities that they’ll find their fair shot at the American Dream.”


Council President Mosby commended Chairman Stokes for the extensive work he put into the legislation over the last six months.


Chairman Stokes, who leads the Education, Workforce and Youth Committee, said the legislation demonstrates the Council’s sustained commitment to the economic empowerment of city residents.


“People in Baltimore are looking for the opportunities a good job can provide — like a steady paycheck, stable housing and the ability to provide for their families,” Chairman Stokes said. “This bill will help them get there.”


Backed by all 15 Council members, the legislation now heads to Mayor Brandon M. Scott.





Candance Greene
Deputy Director of Communications
Office of City Council President Nick J. Mosby

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