I hope you are staying safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the ongoing public health crisis, the legislative session was adjourned early for the first time since the Civil War. Despite the early adjournment, my office is working full-time to serve you during this pandemic. We have been responding to constituent questions regarding the various shutdown orders; helping individuals navigate the unemployment system; ensuring that school resources are delivered equitably for distance learning; and assisting with many of the usual constituent service questions regarding Mot
The 2020 legislative session—a session that has been unlike any other—has come to a close. As you may be aware, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to adjourn the legislature early for the first time since the Civil War.
Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly disrupted daily life in Maryland and around the world. In addition to the major public health issues, the economic implications of the necessary response to the pandemic are profound and severe.
There is a lot going on in the state legislature as we approach Monday's "crossover" deadline, the date by which legislation is supposed to pass from one chamber to the other. But the big news on the minds of many is about the coronavirus. We now have reported cases in Maryland and we all need to be calm and prepared. Be sure to monitor http://health.
A lot of the news about the legislative session you will read about from other sources are the marquee pieces of legislation such as the Blueprint for Maryland's Future; the Built to Learn Act; and the state budget. Every member of the legislature spends significant time on these bills, but we also each have our own legislative agenda we are moving forward. I am happy to report that several of my bills are working their way through the legislative process. Read more about it in the legislative update below.
The 90 day legislative session hit the halfway point at the end of last week. It was 45 days filled with bill introductions, co-sponsorship requests, bill hearings, and more. But that was the easy half. Over the next 45 days, our floor sessions will get longer, the decisions will get tougher, and we will deal with the state budget and the Blueprint for Maryland's Future on education policy and funding.
As always, you can keep up with what I am doing by following me at @mkorman on Twitter or by clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook.
Last week was the deadline to file legislation in order to be guaranteed a hearing. In the House, 1,568 bills were introduced. I am the primary sponsor of 14 of them.
I have discussed several of the previously introduced bills in prior emails. Here are the other four pieces of legislation:
The major excitement on the House floor last week was the successful override of five pieces of legislation the Governor vetoed from the 2019 legislative session. You can watch that entire day's proceedings by clicking here.
The five bills were:
A major topic of the legislative session is the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, also known as "Kirwan" or the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education. The legislation is the culmination of years of work by a blue ribbon panel studying how Maryland funds education and what we are paying for. Much of the focus has been on the total cost, how to allocate funds, and how to obtain the revenue necessary, but I also want to talk a bit about what the money will be used for.