The Senate pauses for prayer as it did several times on Monday.
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It was the coldest final day of the Maryland General Assembly that anyone could remember. Sine Die (sign-ee die) in State House speak is usually warm and sunny.
For at least nine senators and 29 delegates, it will be the last session in their current posts. Except for retiring legislators, the rest will hit the campaign trail as soon as they can for June 26 primary.
Here is a gallery of photos to give a flavor of the day. Most of the photos were taken by Glynis Kazajian for MarylandReporter.com.
Delegates who are either retiring or running for other offices pose with Speaker Michael Busch.
Del. Karl Anderton of Delmar, one of only three delegates with no reelection opponents, offers the prayer in the House of Delegates. The speaker’s chief of staff Alexandra Hughes is on the left.
Dels. C.T. Wilson, D-Charles, and Bill Folden, R-Frederick, are men of a different stripe.
The lobbying law firm of Alexander & Cleaver offered one of several receptions on State Circle Monday.
Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore, talks to Del. curt Anderson, D, chair of the Baltimore City delegation.
House leaders gather at the speaker’s rostrum to discuss scheduling.
One of the pro-Second Amendment demonstrators who are a frequent presence on Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis.
Gov. Larry Hogan begins a news conference Monday afternoon at the gate to Government House.
A life-size cut-out of Pope Francis greeted visitors to the annual reception by the Maryland Catholic Conference.
Sens. Kathy Klausmeier and Ed DeGrange on the Senate floor.
Sens. Will Smith, D-Montgomery, and Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, talk at the back of the Senate chamber. Smith had surgery to repair a tendon on Friday.
Del. Dan Morhaim waves to colleagues on his final day. He is retiring after 24 years in the legislature.
Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of MarylandReporter.com and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board
He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009.
He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.