Speaker Busch Announces Leadership Changes

House Speaker Michael Busch recently announced several leadership changes that will take effect January 2019. Major changes are summarized below. Delegate Kathleen Dumais (Montgomery County) will become Majority Leader. Delegate Luke Clippinger (Baltimore City) will become chair of the Judiciary Committee. Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (Howard County) will become vice-chair of the Judiciary Committee. Delegate Eric…

2018 Primary Election Summary

Now that the dust has settled and primary election results are official, below is a summary of some of the major State primary election outcomes. Democratic Nomination for Governor In a field of nine candidates vying for the Democratic Nomination for Governor, Ben Jealous came out on top with 39.6% of the vote. He will…

Jason Stanek Named Chair of Public Service Commission

Governor Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Jason M. Stanek as the incoming chair of the Public Service Commission. Mr. Stanek most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Energy Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to that, he served 16 years in progressively senior positions in the Federal…

Dentons – 2018 Election Update

Dentons US LLP has recently released its 2018 Election Update – 150 Days Out Report. With less than 150 days till the November general election and results in from roughly half of the state primary elections, this report sizes up the elections in all 50 states as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the US…

General Assembly 2018 Interim Materials – Committee Activities

The General Assembly recently provided organizational materials and committee activities for the 2018 interim. Information includes letters from committee chairs of standing, statutory and special committees detailing proposed activities for the interim; listings of legislation related to the Legislative Policy Committee; new reports to the General Assembly as a result of legislation; and reports due…

Governor Hogan Announces Vetoes – Additional Legislative Actions

Governor Hogan has announced additional legislative actions on several bills that passed during the 2018 General Assembly session. The Governor vetoed 9 bills and let numerous others take effect without his signature. Legislation vetoed by the Governor includes: Senate Bill 739 – State Board of Education – Membership – Teachers and Parent; House Bill 808 – Collective…