Governor Hogan Signs 174 Bills Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, and House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones signed 174 bills into law on April 30. Bills of significance include legislation to expand opportunity zones initiatives, improve cancer coverage benefits for firefighters, expand caps on production for independent breweries, make much-needed reforms to the University System of Maryland Board of…

Governor Hogan Signs Almost 200 Bills Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, and House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones signed 195 bills into law on April 18. Bills of significance that were signed into law include measures aimed at restructuring the University of Maryland Medical System Board, toughening penalties on cyberbullying and establishing a commission to research racially motivated lynchings in…

2019 General Assembly Wrap Up Report

The 2019 General Assembly Session came to a close at midnight on April 8. This session was the first of a new four year term with a total of 60 legislators out of 188 beginning their role as a new senator or delegate and with several changes in committee chairmanships. The session was also an…

Speaker Michael Busch 1947-2019

The longest-serving House speaker in the history of Maryland, Michael E. Busch, died Sunday afternoon after being hospitalized late last month with pneumonia. Referred to as “Coach” by many, he was a transformational leader who was a strong supporter  of education funding, environmental protections and expansion of health care coverage. He was 72. “This is…

Appropriations Committee Discusses Budget Balancing Reductions

The House Appropriations Committee was briefed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) on potential reductions to address a revenue shortfall of $200 million to $350 million they are expecting to be announced next week. From MarylandReporter, The House Appropriations Committee is supposed to finish its work on the Hogan administration’s $46.6 billion budget March 8.…