Hogan Executive Order Establishes New Redistricting Commission

Governor Larry Hogan today issued an executive order to establish the Maryland Citizen Redistricting Reform Commission, which will be charged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. “This commission is the first of its kind in the long history of our state,” said Governor Hogan. In Maryland, the General Assembly has primary authority to draw both congressional and state legislative district lines. The governor, aided by an advisory commission, submits a…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Elections: Funding Fairness and County Role

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview potential reforms to the administration, procedures, and financing of elections in Maryland. Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. In order to mitigate public health and safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan and the…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: COVID-19 Response and Relief

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we look at the state-level responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the many effects across Maryland. 2020 was marked, globally, by the outbreak of a pandemic - a novel coronavirus that has cost thousands of lives, and has undermined normal activity for most people. With vaccines hopefully in sight, policymakers face…

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MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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Board of State Canvassers Certifies State Election Results

With the Electoral College set to meet on December 14, the Maryland Board of State Canvassers today certified its 2020 general election results for federal and state offices. The members of the State Board of Canvassers are the Attorney General, Clerk of the Court of Appeals, Comptroller, Secretary of State, and State Treasurer. In the presidential election, Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump 65.4% to 32.2%. The results, which were independently audited following the receipt…

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Preview the 2021 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This year’s report also includes a special section devoted to issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2021 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative…

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Baltimore County Voters Appear to Endorse Public Financing Option for Local Offices

Unofficial results from the Maryland State Board of Elections show that 55.5% of voters in Baltimore County approved a Charter Amendment to make public funds available to candidates for local offices. By a 5-2 vote, the Baltimore County Council last year approved a proposal from County Executive Johnny Olszewski to put the Charter Amendment on the 2020 ballot to establish a public financing program that would match small donations for County Council and County Executive…

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Baltimore City Council Results: Stokes Fends Off Third Party Challenge, Democrats Sweep

The Baltimore City Council will likely be made up of 15 Democrats, 9 of which are returning members. Unofficial results from the State Board of Elections show Democrats having a commanding lead in all 15 Baltimore City Council races. District 12 incumbent Robert Stokes, Sr. faced the strongest opposition, Green Party candidate Franca Muller, who was able to gain 39 percent of the vote to Stokes' 59 percent. Newcomers Mark Conway (District 4), James Torrence…

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