The Governor offers his take on the 2012 General Assembly with a specific focus on the budget, with just over an hour to the close.
As the clock ticks down to midnight in Annapolis, Maryland lawmakers are frantically working to pass the state's budget. With just over an hour to go, Gov. Martin O'Malley met with State House reporters to give his take on the 2012 legislative session, speaking specifically about the budget. (See video) Be sure to check back with Patch for a full recap of the 2012 General Assembly. What issues were most important to you? How would you grade lawmakers' decisions? Start the conversation in the comments section below.
New county executive takes announcement show on the road for the first time in at least two decades.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is expected to announce his legislative priorities for what will be the first General Assembly session of his new administration during a morning news conference Tuesday in Annapolis. That's right—Annapolis. This is the first time in 16 years, and possibly longer, that a Baltimore County executive has announced his agenda outside of the county. Previously, under County Executives Jim Smith and Dutch Ruppersberger, such announcements were affairs held in Towson at the Old Courthouse—a serving of legislative meat and potatoes along with sausage, eggs and coffee for the county's state lawmakers in attendance. The meetings were as much a social gathering as they were the county executive's attempt to get …