Highlights From Annapolis – July Recap

No Special Session on Medical Cannabis
In a letter to Legislative Black Caucus Chairwoman Cheryl Glenn, the General Assembly’s presiding officers, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch, stated there would not be a special legislative session to revamp the medical cannabis industry and the number of grower licenses awarded. Instead, they offered their support for passage of emergency legislation…read more

Representative John Delaney to Run for President
As reported by numerous sources, Representative John Delaney is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020 forgoing a run for Maryland Governor in 2018 and likely not seeking re-election to Congress. He is expected to announce his plans this weekend. Members of the General Assembly from Montgomery County have announced their…read more

Matthew Clark rejoins Administration as Chief of Staff
Matthew Clark, Governor Hogan’s former Communications Director, is rejoining the Administration as the Governor’s Chief of Staff effective August 15. Mr. Clark is replacing Sam Malhotra who has served as Chief of Staff since October 2016. Mr. Malhotra, who is returning to the private sector, also served as Secretary of the Department of Human Resources.…read more

Administration Refuses to Provide Plan to Address Budget Shortfall
As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal, Budget Secretary David Brinkley submitted a letter to the General Assembly stating that the Administration will not provide a plan now to outline how it plans to address the fiscal 2019 budget shortfall. From the article, Maryland faces a $700 million shortfall in fiscal 2019, and the General…read more

Delegate Mike McKay to Run for Allegany County Register of Wills
Delegate Mike McKay has announced he will not run for a second term in the Maryland General Assembly. Instead, he will run for Allegany County Register of Wills. Delegate McKay serves in District 1C representing portions of Allegany and Washington Counties. read more

Senator Madaleno Launches Campaign for Democratic Nomination for Governor
Senator Richard Madaleno formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor at an event at Shady Grove in Montgomery County. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Madaleno told The Baltimore Sun he would be the first Montgomery countian, the first Italian-American and the first openly gay person to be elected governor of Maryland.…read more

General Assembly Issues 2017 Interim Organizational Materials – Committee Activities
The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) of the General Assembly recently issued interim organizational materials for 2017. Information includes letters from committee chairs of standing, statutory and special committees detailing proposed activities for the interim; and  listings of legislation related to the LPC, new reports to the General Assembly as a result of legislation, and reports…read more

Bond Distributing Employee Recognized in National Spotlight Program
Maryland beer distributor Bond Distributing Company recently announced that Kevin Pyles, driver sales associate, has been recognized in the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Employee Spotlight Program. read more

Legislation Takes Effect Banning Private Scholarship Award Displacement
With a two-year effort by Central Scholarship, a nonprofit that provides scholarships and interest-free loans to students, Maryland has become the first state to ban the practice of scholarship award displacement at public four-year colleges and universities. HB 266 / SB 327 (Ch. 331 and 332, Acts of 2017), which took effect July 1, 2017,…read more

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