Special Session Set to Begin October 17

Although not officially announced by Governor O’Malley, the Special Session is set to begin the morning of October 17.  As reported by MarylandReporter.com:

The Senate and House of Delegates are expected to convene around 11 a.m. to introduce the governor’s redistricting plan and any other measures the delegates and senators will file. These include at least three bills affecting school board elections in Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.A key piece of business on the Senate agenda is the passage of a rule to form a new standing Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting to be chaired by Sen. James Robey, D-Howard. As in previous redistrictings, the committee is expected to be large, bipartisan and made up of Senate committee leaders.

At 1 p.m.  Monday, that new committee and the House Rules Committee – also large and made up of committee leaders – will hold a joint hearing on the reapportionment plans in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building.

Still an uncertainty, is whether Governor O’Malley will introduce jobs legislation during the Special Session.  As reported by the Baltimore Sun:

The governor floated the possibility of a state economic stimulus measure last month, but there’s been little talk around the state house of any proposal coming together. Instead, much of Maryland’s political leadership has been focused on congressional redistricting.

Nevertheless, O’Malley said he would “perhaps” introduce a measure in the special session. One senior administration official told The Sun last month that the package could include expanding some popular tax credits for businesses.

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