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Sizing up the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session

The State House in Annapolis is the venue for Maryland's annual 90-day legislative session, which this year tackled issues ranging from recreational cannabis legalization and juvenile justice reform to gun control and family leave. (photo courtesy Senate President's Office)

The 2022 Session of the Maryland General Assemblycame to a close last night in Annapolis, at midnight, with most of the business of the legislature wrapped-up before Sine Die and the bang of the final gavel.

Governor Larry Hogan called this year’s session the best he’s had in his eight years in office. Senate President Bill Ferguson agreed that it was successful. He described it as “historic.”

At this hour, Governor Hogan is holding a bill signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis in which he will sign 79 bills into law. Several others will become law without his signature, and many will become law as a result of overrides of the Governor’s vetoes.

Joining Tom first to discuss some of the key legislative achievements of the session is Delegate Luke Clippinger, a Democrat who represents Baltimore City and the 46th District, and who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.

Del. Clippinger joins us on Zoom.

Then, Tom turns to Josh Kurtz, the founding editor of Maryland Matters, the online news journal covering Maryland politics and government, for more wide-ranging analysis of the 2022 session.

Mr. Kurtz, a veteran journalist and State House-watcher, also joins us on Zoom.

MD Del. Luke Clippinger (D., Dist 46) is chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Josh Kurtz is the founding editor of the news journal, Maryland Matters. (courtesy photos)
MD Del. Luke Clippinger (D., Dist 46), Chair, House Judiciary Committee; Josh Kurtz, founding editor of the news journal, Maryland Matters. (courtesy photos)

Audio will be posted here later this afternoon.

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