2020 Session Issue Papers Released

The 2020 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. 2020 Issue Papers

Rahn Resigns, Gregory Slater Named Transportation Secretary

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn announced this week he plans to resign effective January 9, 2020. As reported by the Baltimore Sun, As Gov. Larry Hogan’s top transportation official since 2015, Rahn has overseen the state’s highways, mass transit systems, toll facilities, Motor Vehicle Administration, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and BWI Thurgood…

Northrop Grumman Donates Jet for High School Aviation Program

Northrop Grumman has donated a jet to Anne Arundel County Public Schools as part of a new aviation maintenance technician program. As reported by the Capital Gazette, “We talk a lot about creating opportunities that have impact for our schools and this donation epitomizes just that,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “If you want students to…

Governor Hogan Announces Education Initiatives

In a press conference this week, Governor Hogan announced his education initiatives for the upcoming General Assembly Session. These initiatives include a plan to turn around low performing schools and a major investment in school construction projects. From the Governor’s Press Release, “We are here today to launch the next chapter of education reform in…

Senator Zirkin to Resign Before 2020 General Assembly Session

Senator Bobby Zirkin, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, announced he plans to resign next month before the start of the 2020 General Assembly session. Senator Zirkin has served in the General Assembly since 1999. From the Baltimore Sun article, Zirkin counts among his biggest accomplishments the passage of Grace’s Law, an anti-cyberbullying bill…

Delegate Cassilly to Join Hogan’s Team as Special Adviser

Governor Hogan announced he has appointed Delegate Andrew Cassilly as his new Special Adviser. Cassilly is replacing Keiffer Mitchell who was recently appointed to the role of chief legislative officer. From the Governor’s Press Release, “Andrew Cassilly has an exceptional record of service to the State of Maryland, from his tenure in the Maryland National…