Highlights From Annapolis – June Recap

New Laws Take Effect July 1 Several new laws will take effect July 1, including legislation to expand opioid education in schools, provide funding for Planned Parenthood if federal funding is cut, increase barrel limits for craft breweries, and provide a tax break on retirement income of law enforcement, fire, rescue or emergency services personnel who…

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…

Highlights From Annapolis

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…