Happy New Year & December Recap


Happy New Year from Manis Canning & Associates!  We wish everyone a joyous and prosperous 2018!


Former State Senator Robert Neall Named Health Secretary
Governor Hogan has appointed former Anne Arundel County Executive and State Senator Robert R. Neall as Secretary of the Department of Health. Neall will replace Secretary Dennis Schrader, who will continue to serve the department as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Neall served as the CEO of a Medicaid managed care company and has held various positions in the…read more

Spending Affordability – Eliminate Structural Deficit, Maintain Flexibility
The Spending Affordability Committee (SAC), composed of members of the General Assembly and two public members, recently recommended that the fiscal 2019 budget as introduced by the Governor and approved by the General Assembly eliminate the structural deficit by 100%. The structural deficit is estimated to be $298 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1,…read more

Gruber Named Executive Director for Department of Legislative Services
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch announced the appointment of Victoria L. Gruber, Esq. as the new Executive Director for the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), effective January 1, 2018.  Ms. Gruber has served as President Miller’s chief of staff since 2006 and worked for DLS from 1996-2006. Senate…read more

Paul Corderman Appointed to House of Delegates
Governor Hogan appointed Hagerstown City Council Member Paul Corderman to the Maryland House of Delegates to replace Delegate Brett Wilson, who was recently appointed to the Circuit Court for Washington County. Mr. Corderman, a lifelong resident of Washington County, will represent legislative district 2B. read more

Delegate Barbara Frush to Retire
Delegate Barbara Frush has announced that she will not run for re-election and instead serve as co-chair of the steering committee for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III’s gubernatorial campaign. Delegate Frush represents District 21, which includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. She has served in the General Assembly for…read more

Governor Hogan Announces Violent Crime Initiatives
Governor Hogan has announced a package of initiatives to curb  violent crime statewide, including targeted assistance for Baltimore City, truth-in-sentencing legislation, and intelligence sharing to combat gangs and criminal networks across Maryland. A Baltimore Sun article summarizes the initiatives. A new Governor’s Council on Gangs and Violent Criminal Networks made up of prosecutors and police…read more

2018 Session Issue Papers Released
The 2018 Issue Papers, which preview fiscal and policy issues for the upcoming session, were recently posted to the General Assembly’s website. Prepared by the Department of Legislative Services each year at this time, they highlight key issues to be discussed and serve as a valuable resource for those in Annapolis. read more


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