Maryland Lawmakers Recap the 2018 GA Session | WYPR

Maryland Lawmakers Recap the 2018 GA Session

Apr 12, 2018

The State House rotunda in Annapolis.
Credit Smythe Richbourg/Creative Commons

Today, a look at what was accomplished by our legislators in Annapolis during the 2018 MD General Assembly, which ended on Monday night.

Governor Hogan has signed more than a hundred bills into law since then, and he’s let several become law without his signature.  More than 3,100 bills were introduced this year, a record number. 

Tom talks with two Republicans and two Democrats this afternoon to get their impressions of what the Governor has said is the most productive session of his tenure. 

Two of our guests represent Baltimore City.  Two represent Baltimore and Harford Counties. 

In the first segment today, a Senate view of the 2018 Session.   

Sen Bill Ferguson IV (D, 46th); Sen. J.B. Jennings (R, 7th)
Credit Photos courtesy Ferguson and Jennings staff

Senator J.B. Jennings is a Republican who represents the 7th District, which includes parts of Baltimore and Harford Counties.  He was elected in 2011 and has served as the Minority Leader since 2014.  He joins us on the line from the campus of the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, in Catonsville.

Senator Bill Ferguson represents District 46, in Baltimore City.  Like Senator Jennings, he was also elected in 2011.  He’s been a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee since 2015, and last year, he became the Chair of the Executive Nominations Committee.  He’s here with me in Studio A.

Del. Kathy Szeliga (R., 7th); Del. Luke Clippinger (D., 46th)
Credit Photos courtesy Szeliga and Clippinger staff

In the second segment, perspectives from two members of the MD House
Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga, like Senator Jennings, with whom we spoke earlier, represents District 7 in Baltimore and Harford Counties.   She was first elected in 2011, and she has been the Minority Whip since 2013.  She serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee.  She joins us on the line from her office in Perry Hall.

Democratic Delegate Luke Clippinger represents Baltimore City, in District 46.  He chairs the Democratic Caucus, and serves on the Economic Matters Committee.  He’s on the phone from Annapolis.