Mail-in voting is underway as Marylanders consider a proposed constitutional amendment granting the legislature the ability to make changes to the state budget as long as those changes do not cause it to exceed the total amount submitted by the governor.
Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones swore in Delegate Brenda Thiam as Maryland’s first Black female Republican legislator.
An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and healthcare, including an infectious disease mandate named for Olivia Paregol, a University of Maryland freshman who died during a 2018 campus outbreak.
General Assembly leaders in Maryland ended the 2020 session early and declined a special session due to pandemic and presidential election concerns. But they have yet to announce plans, particularly regarding legislative voting, as the next session draws near.