Ryan Dorsey represents Baltimore City’s 3rd Council District. He works to strengthen communities and make them safer and more accessible for all, increase government accountability and transparency, and ensure that Baltimore is an affordable, attractive and inclusive place for all who choose to live here.
Since being sworn in on December 8, 2016 Councilman Dorsey has successfully introduced and passed significant legislation to bring both immediate and long-term benefits to Baltimore and the 3rd District.
17-0027 Protecting Bus Lanes and Stops to Improve Transit - Increased fines for parking in bus stops, helping to keep them clear and accessible for riders and busses to operate safely and as intended.
17-0081 Rezoning 5717 & 5723 Harford Rd - Long-vacant properties were rezoned by ordinance to a new designation that better supports neighborhood revitalization in the Harford Road corridor.
17-0102 Complete Streets - Ordinance to bring comprehensive reform to the Department of Transportation. This law, now recognized as a national model of best practices in the creation of such policies, mandates safer and more inclusive design, equitable community engagement, prioritization of investments through an equity framework, and comprehensive annual reporting.
See also, baltimorecompletestreets.com
18-0199 Inspector General’s Office - Resolution codified best practices to strengthen and make more independent the OIG. This brought the question to the ballot in the 2018 general election where it was supported by 79% of voters.
18-0259 More Modern Fire Code - Removed outdated code provisions that were prohibiting safer street design, allowing for more sustainable urban design.
18-0275 Towing Unsafe Vehicles - Allowed for the immediate towing of vehicles where both license plates are missing and the VIN is missing or obstructed. This bill addresses a problem practice common among unregistered and unlawfully-operating businesses and chop shops and is correlated to instances of auto theft.
18-0308 Source of Income - Prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of source of income.
19-0238 Hamilton Urban Renewal - Ends the prohibition of second-hand stores within the Hamilton Urban Renewal Plan. These few blocks of Harford Road had previous been made the only place in the city to prohibit second-hand stores (not to be confused with pawn shops), but this bill removed that prohibition. This will allow for a greater diversity of businesses, and increased viability in the Hamilton Business District
19-0366 Commercial Parking Facilities - Requires, as a condition of their operating license, that commercial parking facilities be able to provide all customers a receipt at the time of payment.
19-0376 Financial Disclosures - Improves the process of identifying which City employees are required to file annual financial disclosures, the process for ensuring filing, and adding disclosure of board memberships as a section of the disclosure form.
19-0444 Complete Streets- Extended Deadlines - Mayor Pugh's administration and then DOT Director Pourciau failed to meet the implementation requirements of of Baltimore's Complete Streets law. (See 17-0102, above.) This bill extends those deadlines to allow DOT's new leadership a proper opportunity to implement.
19-0377 Whistleblower Rights and Responsibilities - Protects City employees against retaliation for making disclosures of misconduct or other improper action within City government.
Committee Hearing November 26:
19-0457 Elected Officials - Financial Disclosure - Requires elected officials who own businesses to disclose the sources of income for those businesses. This closes a loophole that allows businesses to serve as a pass-through to hide gifts that would constitute a conflict of interest for the elected official.
Introduced on August 19, 2019:
19-0431 Towing - Licensing and Regulation - Repeals and comprehensively rewrites all City towing laws.
Recent Bills in Committee:
19-0378 Ethics Board Administration and Staff - Strengthens the independence and investigative ability of the Ethics Board by making the Inspector General and the Inspector General's Office, the Executive Director and staff to the Board.
19-0339 Hazardous Drainage - Prohibits the discharging of liquid into the public right of way during freezing temperatures.
Older Bills in Committee:
18-0286 Speed Limits - Sets safer default speed limits on city streets.
18-0285 Playing in the Street - Repeals the prohibition that outlaws playing in the street.
18-0188 Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADU's) - Allows for ADU's under the zoning code.
Councilman Dorsey has passed resolutions calling for Maryland’s education funding formula to integrate funding for pre-K to 12 arts, supporting state action to prohibit source of income discrimination, and condemning the xenophobic and racist rhetoric of Donald Trump.
As Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Councilman Dorsey has been outspoken in his work to uncover mismanagement and poor practices within the Baltimore Police Department. He was the lone vote opposing the appointment of Darryl DeSousa to be Police Commissioner, citing an unwillingness to answer key questions during the confirmation process. (DeSousa resigned from the position less than four months later, after federal indictment.) As the Council’s representative to the Trespass Towing Board he reduced trespass towing charges by $100 citywide.
In 2018 Councilman Dorsey created Artist/District. Through the fiscal sponsorship of the Baltimore City Foundation, he raised funds and awarded four $3000 grants to visual, musical and literary artists residing in the 3rd District. Artist/Districit is now in its second year. Learn more at artistdistrict.org.
Each year Councilman Dorsey goes to Annapolis during the legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly, working to support State partners bringing improvements to Baltimore City. He maintains strong relationships with State Delegates and Senators, using his day-to-day experience to inform state legislation that affect the 3rd District. In 2018 Councilman Dorsey worked with Chairman McIntosh to direct $400,000 to right-of-way improvements to the Hamilton Business District. During the 2018 session Sen. Bill Ferguson and Del. Bilal Ali introduced a bill at his request, to make home ownership more possible for low-income Baltimore City employees.
Councilman Dorsey has worked with communities and residents on countless projects, including traffic calming and roadway improvements, vacant homes and code enforcement, greening, business development, water bills, infrastructure maintenance and contractor accountability, information sharing, navigation of processes and resource access, hardship assistance and non-profit partnerships. He has maintained his campaign promise to hold town hall meetings open to all, to work with community associations, regularly attending their meetings and bringing their elected leaders together for his Assembly of Neighborhoods.
Councilman Dorsey is a lifelong resident of Baltimore’s 3rd District. Raised in the Belair-Edison and Mayfield neighborhoods, he attended St. Francis of Assisi and graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Before running for office, Councilman Dorsey worked as a project manager in a small business that was founded in Baltimore in 1930, and has been in his family for three generations. He is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.
Chair, Transportation Committee
Land Use Committee
Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
Legislative Investigations Committee
Official Council Representative
Trespass Towing Board
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