Highlights From Annapolis

June 2017 Speaker Mike Busch Undergoes Liver Transplant After being diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch underwent a liver transplant to resolve a medical problem attributed to a skin cancer medication. The surgery was successful and the Speaker is doing well. Additional details can be found in an article recently published in…

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May 2017 Governor Hogan Vetoes Redistricting Bill Governor Hogan vetoed a bill that would have reformed the redistricting process, SB 1023, stating that it blocked true redistricting reform. The legislation, which passed during the recently ended 2017 General Assembly Session, would have required nonpartisan redistricting in the state if five nearby states also agreed to…

Governor Hogan Announces Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Hogan has announced additional legislative actions on several bills that passed during the 2017 General Assembly session. The Governor vetoed one bill and will let several others take effect without his signature. Governor Hogan vetoed Senate Bill 543/House Bill 694 – Higher Education – Admissions Process – Criminal History. SB 543/HB 694 Veto Letter…

Governor Hogan Vetoes Paid Sick Leave Legislation

During an afternoon press conference held on May 25, Governor Hogan announced his veto of HB 1, Labor and Employment – Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, otherwise referred to as the  “Paid Sick Leave” legislation.  According to the Governor’s press release, Governor Hogan stated that the legislation was a “deeply flawed, job-killing paid leave bill” and…

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April 2017 – Legislative Session Overview The 2017 General Assembly Session came to a close at midnight on April 10. A total of 2,879 pieces of legislation were introduced – 1,200 originating in the Senate, 1,661 originating in the House, and 18 Joint Resolutions.  Of this number, the General Assembly passed 935 pieces of legislation…

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March 2017 State Reduces Fiscal 2017 Revenue Projections by $35.3 Million The Board of Revenue Estimates lowered its projection for the current fiscal 2017 year by $35.3 million and increased its projection for fiscal year 2018 by $2.3 million, resulting in a net reduction of $33 million. According to a statement from the Comptroller’s office,…

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February 2017 General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto of Renewable Energy Bill The General Assembly overrode the Governors veto of a renewable energy bill which will require utility companies in Maryland to buy more energy from sources such as wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric dams. The Governor and GOP lawmakers objected to the cost to consumers. The…