Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned late Monday following a session of heavy lifting after most of the major bills already had been passed last week or even earlier, but a high-profile measure to address dog bite liability failed in the waning hours.
The Maryland General Assembly is sailing into the last day of this year’s legislative session on Monday under unusual circumstances: Bills tackling the budget, gun control, repealing the death penalty and other major issues already have been sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley for his signature.
The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to adjust how money from a state venture capital fund can be used to try to make it more effective.
The House of Delegates gave final approval Saturday to a measure giving the Prince George’s County executive more control over the county’s school system.
The issue of guns is front and center in Annapolis. The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the preliminary gun control bill, which means that it has passed the second reader. The final vote is Wednesday.
While Maryland lawmakers will have plenty to do in the last week of the state’s legislative session, most of the high-profile measures backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley already have been approved by the General Assembly.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is urging lawmakers to support a measure that would allow him to overhaul the county’s school system.
The House delays debate on the governor’s gun control bill.
With finances improving in the aftermath of the recession, the Maryland Senate voted Wednesday for a nearly $37 billion budget that would boost education spending for some counties that have lost population and wealth and would provide a cost-of-living increase for state workers.
A major funding plan to build new schools and renovate others in the city of Baltimore cleared the Maryland House Appropriations Committee on a 23-3 vote Tuesday night, sending the measure to the House of Delegates.
A House panel voted 15-4 on Monday for a gas tax measure to raise hundreds of millions of dollars per year, but with some changes to the plan initially submitted by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Grass is getting greener in the Maryland General Assembly, as more lawmakers seem willing to vote in favor of changes to the existing law on marijuana.