Maryland General Assembly, 2009

Posted on April 6, 2009

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You might have noticed that I’ve all but ignored the Maryland General Assembly this year. There are reasons for that. I am happy to report that Sine die for the General Assembly is 7:30 p.m., Apr. 13, the day after Easter.  (“Sine die” is Latin for “Crazy way to pass bills.”)

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s remaining priorities for the 2009 session are holding the freeze on college tuition, and rational re-regulation of the energy industry by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

However, the headline issue for the final days of the General Assembly will be Maryland driver’s licenses. Specifically, driver’s licenses for immigrants who lack the correct legal documents to qualify for equal treatment under the laws of the United States.

Gov. O’Malley will be live from the State House on Maryland Public Television, taking questions from viewers, during the last few hours of the session on Sine die.

— Bernie Hayden

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