My colleagues in Annapolis, Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner, have done terrific work this legislative session, and this morning they have a clear-eyed — despite the late hour — look at the Maryland General Assembly’s failure to vote on either a key tax bill or casino legislation.
“The implosion of weeks of negotiations over the tax package, as well as another key budget measure that failed to pass, sent the General Assembly into uncharted territory,” Davis and Wagner wrote.
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) blasted legislative leaders.
“I think the people of our state have reason to expect more of our elected officials,” O’Malley said.
Our elected officials even had a clear deck and clear minds before failing, having got the little stuff out of the way before flunking on the big-ticket items.
They passed legislation essentially making fantasy football legal in the state.
They passed another law that the Associated Press summarized this way: “The bill creates conditions and requirements for remedy when a dog sold at a retail pet store is found to have an undisclosed disease, illness or prior condition.”
They even succeeded in passing a bill that says, according to the AP, that “prisoners are automatically relieved of child support payments while they are incarcerated.” A victory, of sorts, for the incarcerated.
(Here’s a summary of other bills that passed.)
Our legislators now appear headed to some sort of extended or special session. And the battles might have just begun.
Davis and Wagner write: “As much as it was a finale to the General Assembly’s session, Monday marked a return to power struggles among Maryland Democrats — a party that has long loomed so large in the state that its members can hold fiercely different views on an array of issues, not the least being gambling and taxes.”
At least fantasy football is legal now.