The 2021 Maryland legislative session has come to a close. The legislature convened at an unprecedented time as our state continues to battle a public health pandemic and endure the ensuing economic challenges. Despite these difficulties, the legislature was still able to make significant progress on key issues.
We are in the home stretch of the legislative session with adjournment scheduled for late on Monday, April 12th. There is always a flurry of activity during these finals days of activity and some big ticket items remain to be addressed. Police reform has been a significant issue this legislative session. The House and Senate have passed competing bills on the topic and they still need to be reconciled. Similarly, the Climate Solutions Now Act--to increase our greenhouse gas reduction goal and establish more policies to achieve it--is in different forms in the House and the Senate. Those issues and many others will be a major focus in these last few days of the 2021 legislative session.