State Roundup: Top pols praise bi-partisanship as 79 bills signed into law

State Roundup: Top pols praise bi-partisanship as 79 bills signed into law

Gov. Hogan shakes hands with an attendee Tuesday at the signing of HB 1110, which addresses lead poisoning, Speaker Adrienne Jones signs documents. Photos from the Governor's Press Office by Joe Andrucyk and Patrick Siebert.

HOGAN SIGNS 79 BILLS INTO LAW: A day after lawmakers worked until a few minutes before their midnight deadline to pass legislation, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed 79 bipartisan bills into law, capping his final legislative session in office. Hogan and Democrats Senate President Bill Ferguson of Baltimore and House Speaker Adrienne Jones of Baltimore County praised each other at the bill signing Tuesday at the State House for the cross-party work done over the governor’s two terms. Stephen Neukam of Capital News Service/Maryland Reporter.

  • Hogan signed legislation Tuesday that could help secure long-term commitments from the Orioles and Ravens to remain in their current Baltimore stadiums, allowing the Maryland Stadium Authority to borrow up to $1.2 billion for upgrades to the decades-old structures. Bryn Stole and Scott Dance/The Baltimore Sun.
  • Another bill signed, HB 897, allows the stadium authority to spend $400 million on recreational and entertainment venues in Prince George’s County. Bennett Leckrone/Maryland Matters.

FINAL MINUTE REFORM: POLICE BILLS PASS: On the last day of its 90-day legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly waited until literally the last minute to revise last year’s police reform legislation — and pass another bill designed to address escalating crime that left Republicans fuming. Ovetta Wiggins/The Washington Post.

Senate President Bill Ferguson, D-Baltimore, watches confetti rain down around him as the Maryland General Assembly legislative session ends. (Joe Ryan/Capital News Service)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PUSHES BILLS THROUGH: The 2022 Maryland General Assembly wrapped up late Monday with lawmakers pushing a handful of bills across the finish line just before the deadline at midnight Tuesday, although most of the major legislation already had passed in time for an override of a potential veto. The new laws, many of which passed over Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s objections, included landmark efforts to slow climate change, a referendum on making marijuana legal and an effort to expand access to abortion services. Logan Hill for Capital News Service/Maryland Reporter.


LAWMAKERS REJECT JUDGE SENTENCING LIST: The Maryland General Assembly ended its 2022 session Monday having spared circuit court judges of having a state commission compile by name the sentences each has rendered for violent criminals, a gubernatorial proposal the jurists said would have threatened judicial independence by subjecting judges to intense public scrutiny. Steve Lash/The Daily Record.

  • Sean Kennedy, a visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute, argued the changes made to the legislation rendered the transparency push anything but that, given the sentencing data won’t be accessible with judge’s names. Mikenzie Frost/WBFF-TV.

DELEGATES NIX PAY RAISE FOR FREDERICK SHERIFF: Frederick County’s sheriff will not get a pay raise, the House of Delegates determined Monday as it voted down a bill that had bipartisan support from the county’s delegation. The Democrat-led House voted to approve bills to raise sheriff salaries in other counties, including in nearby Howard County, but struck down S.B. 746, which would have raised the sheriff’s salary from $125,000 to $140,000 for the first two years of the next term before jumping to $150,000 for the next two years. Jack Hogan/The Frederick News Post.

ELRICH BACKS PEREZ FOR GOV: Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) endorsed Tom Perez in the highly competitive Democratic primary race for governor Tuesday, joining a chorus of high-profile Democrats in the vote-rich suburb in backing him. Erin Cox/The Washington Post.

  • Perez and Elrich are both Takoma Park residents and former members of the county council. Their relationship goes back at least 16 years, when Elrich taught Perez’s older daughter fifth-grade math at Rolling Terrace Elementary School. Josh Kurtz, Danielle Gaines and Hannah Gaskill/Maryland Matters.

MO CO COUNCIL FRACTURED OVER GOV RACE ALLEGIANCES: Some Montgomery County Council members are lining up behind candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial Democratic primary. But so far, Council member Nancy Navarro — who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Rushern Baker III — hasn’t won any endorsements from her eight council colleagues. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

FIRST HISPANIC SWORN IN TO SERVE ON COURT OF APPEALS: Gov. Larry Hogan swore in Judge Angela M. Eaves on Tuesday in Annapolis to serve on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Eaves is the first Hispanic to serve on the state’s highest court. Eaves is also the first Harford County resident appointed to the Court of Appeals in more than 100 years, according to the governor’s office. Maria Morales/The Aegis.

MOSBY TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION: Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday that she is running for reelection, setting up a rematch of the 2018 Democratic primary under the backdrop of her federal indictment. Alex Mann/The Baltimore Sun.

  • On April 12, Mosby released her first campaign video, detailing measures and initiatives that have been deemed successes during her past seven and a half years in office. Staff/The Afro.
  • In a three-minute video — and an interview with the Baltimore Banner — Mosby confirmed she will once again face off against opponents Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah in the Democratic primary. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.
  • In an exclusive interview, Mosby broke her silence on the matter and said she will kick off her re-election bid Tuesday with the release of a three-minute video declaring her candidacy. Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.

CRITICS QUESTION MOSBY’s CONVICTION RATE CLAIM: In her pre-recorded announcement declaring her re-election campaign, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby cited her successes. “I’m proud of the work that we’re doing getting violent repeat offenders off the streets with a 90 percent conviction rate,” Mosby said. What she fails to cite are the hundreds of dismissed cases that are not included in that equation. Jeff Abel/WBFF-TV.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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