Preview the 2020 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2020 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations.

Developed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the 2020 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population. They are also a great resource for county officials tracking specific issues, or interested in the state budget and other top-tier topics.

Here are a few direct links to hot topics that may interest counties:

Operating Budget

Transportation Trust Fund

Federal Funds Outlook

Pension Issues

Capital Budget and Debt

Revenues and Taxes

Education Aid and Maintenance of Effort

[Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education

School Construction


Health and Health Insurance

Human Services


Business Regulation

Public Safety

Environmental and Natural Resources

Cybersecurity of Election Systems

Aid to Local Governments