The big ticket items — increasing the gas tax to pay for transportation projects, repealing the death penalty and increasing gun control — are already resolved heading into the General Assembly‘s last day.
Still, lawmakers have a lengthy to do list on Monday, including resolving a difference of opinion between the House of Delegates and Senate on how to remedy a problematic Court of Appeals ruling that made pit bulls “inherently dangerous,” final approval for a $3.5 billion capital budget and deciding on a final revision of brand new procurement rules for public-private partnerships.
The fate of a Senate bill that would make it more difficult for the governor and legislature to shift money intended for transportation projects toward other priorities is also unclear. House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, said last he expects Senate Bill 829 — called a “lockbox” for the Transportation Trust Fund — to be sprung from a procedural committee for consideration. But several key lawmakers in the House and Senate predict that the bill will die when the legislature adjourns at midnight.
Before then, lawmakers will also try to make critical changes to the InvestMaryland program and allow the the possible use of medical marijuana. The Baltimore Sun reports some lawmakers are also making a last-minute effort to delay implementation of stormwater fees, which some local jurisdictions would be required to collect for the first time this summer.