Maryland Special Session – The House Votes

Posted on November 11, 2007


Maryland General Assembly Special Session, Breaking News

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a somewhat progressive income tax bill, 82-55, early Sunday morning.

The House of Delegates also passed, 80-56, a bill to increase the sales tax, vehicle titling tax and cigarette tax. The two votes were an endorsement of the leadership of Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch.

The House took only one day (a very long day, including a hearing by the Ways and Means Committee Saturday afternoon and a session of the full House Saturday night into early Sunday morning) to pass the two tax bills.

The Senate had passed a more regressive tax package on Friday, after two weeks of hearings.

The Special Session is not over yet. The House and Senate will work this week (probably starting Tuesday) to hammer out differences between their two bills in conference committee.

Also this week, the House will take up a slot machine referendum bill and a heath care bill, versions of which have passed in the Senate. An interesting chapter of Maryland politics continues.  — Bernie Hayden