Senators introduced 21 bills in the chamber’s opening session, 17 of which were assigned to the Rules Committee, a Senate panel where legislation is often put in a drawer to never be read again.
A handful of the bills dealt with environmental issues. Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D-Baltimore, who chairs the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, said on the floor that she’d be happy to take a look at those bills during the 2013 regular session.
“[The committee] has no intention on meeting,” she told senators.
Only Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gambling bill, legislation to counteract a court ruling concerning pit bulls and a pair of local gambling bills were assigned to committees where hearings will be conducted.
SB 10 would repeal a restriction on organizations in Dorchester County holding a “carnival, bazaar or raffle” on Sundays. SB 19, titled “Carroll County – Gaming” was also introduced, but the bill’s text is not yet available. Both bills are assigned to the Budget and Taxation Committee.