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Annapolis 2016: Winners and losers

Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Some of the winners and losers from the 2016 Maryland legislative session:


Gov. Larry Hogan — He took the high road on redistricting and redefined the budget terms of debate. Democrats grumbled about his aloof style, but there wasn’t much they could do about it.

Gun advocates — Several measures, including one to restrict guns on public college campuses, failed.

Business lobbyists — They united to kill the paid sick leave legislation and neutered private retirement proposals.

Drunken-driving foes — They won on two fronts – a measure to stiffen punishments for adults hosting youth drinking parties and expanded rules for ignition locks for drunken drivers.

Northrop Grumman — When you get a $37.5 million tax break, you’re a winner.

Environmentalists — Winning an expansion of greenhouse gas limits and renewable energy goals is a two-fer.

Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin — He shepherded through to passage the Justice Reinvestment Act, the session’s signal legislative achievement.

Roger B. Taney — His statue remains on the State House grounds despite calls for its removal.


Senate Pres. Thomas V. "Mike" Miller. (File)

Senate Pres. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller. (File)



State President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. — He’s not used to losing on much, but one of his priorities – campus gun limits – bit the dust.

Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee Foose — Driven by a parents’ uprising, the legislature overwhelmingly approved a measure ordering the state’s public records ombudsman to investigate the district’s practices.

Fantasy sports leagues — Armed with the best lobbyists money could buy, the online sites pushed for a law establishing a modest regulatory regime. The status quo is a loss for them, given what might come next.

Death with Dignity Act — Sponsors spent the last year attempting to assuage the concerns of religious groups and others. The measure went nowhere.

Revisionists — This was supposed to be the year that “Maryland, My Maryland’’ was dumped, or at least given less objectionable lyrics. So, too, with the state motto: “Manly deeds, womanly words.” Neither happened.

Tax cuts — The governor wanted them. The speaker of the House did, too. Ditto for the Senate president. A case of the devil being in the details.

Paid sick leave — Another proposal whose advocates thought they had softened it to make it palatable to opponents. They hadn’t.