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They said it: Memorable quotes from the 2017 Md. General Assembly session

“It sounds too good to be true but it really is true.”

Gov. Larry Hogan, in response to questions about how his proposed fiscal 2018 budget can simultaneously spend less than the current year while providing record increases to education, public safety and money for targeted tax cuts.

“Mr. President, I want you to know that cane has a dual purpose. It’s a cane and it’s an attitude adjuster.”

Sen. Andrew Serafini, R-Washington, commenting on a fancy cane presented to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. that has a handle featuring the state flag and a tip that looks like a man’s shoe. Miller began using a cane last week after developing a stress fracture in his hip.

“We’re not boycotting. We just needed someone to stay here and make sure the state goes in the right direction.”

Sen. George Edwards, R-Western Maryland, speaking about the eight of 14 Republicans who attended a Senate floor session on a day when the other six were excused from the meeting to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Sen. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel

Sen. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel

“I thought Cialis and Viagra would be the saviors of rhinos, but it hasn’t worked in China.”

Sen. John Astle, D-Anne Arundel, and vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, during a briefing on prescription drug costs and upcoming legislation on price gouging. Astle is also an avid hunter of big game in Africa.

“Two weeks from today, please give us your checks for $75 and we’ve agreed that if you do not, that Monday, the sheriff will be coming to your office.”

Sen. Joanne C. Benson, D-Prince George’s and co-chair of the Senate Protocol Committee, emphasizing the importance of senators getting in their dues, which are used for things such as sending flowers for funerals.


Del. David Moon, D-Montgomery

“You can smell the inevitability of this in the air.”

Del. David Moon, D-Montgomery, on his belief that Maryland will soon legalize the recreational use of marijuana due to shifts in public opinion on the issue.

“I think we all went to the same tailor. We could be a singing group.”

House Speaker Michael E. Busch, speaking to Hogan just seconds before the governor gave his third State of the State speech. Busch was noting that he, Hogan and Miller all wore similar blue suits to the event.

“We’re in year three of this administration and I guess we’re already recycling old material.”

Del. C. William Frick, D-Montgomery, comparing Hogan’s use of the term “sunshine tax” to describe a renewable energy bill to his use of “rain tax” to describe the stormwater management fee.

“We had an issue once where he pointed his finger at me and said, ‘The problem with you is you won’t ever take a tough vote.’ And I said, ‘Oh, yes I will, Mr. President, every time I vote for you.'”

Astle, joking about Miller and whether the presiding officer puts pressure on senators during votes.

“When he found out she had 10 kids – 10 kids – all registered Democrats, he gravitated to her right away. At least I hope that’s why he gravitated to her.

Miller, recalling the time his mother met former President Bill Clinton.

“Lord, fill our mouths with worthwhile stuff and gently nudge us when we’ve said enough. I do feel you nudging me.”

Sen C. Anthony Muse, D-Prince George’s, during the Senate prayer preceding a Senate veto override vote. The debate on that vote lasted just over 90 minutes.

Del. Dereck Davis, D-Prince George's

Del. Dereck Davis, D-Prince George’s

“We’re just short of ‘The Jerry Springer Show.’”

Del. Dereck E. Davis, D-Prince George’s and chair of the Economic Matters Committee, speaking to opponents of his bill that would preempt local governments from enacting their own wage and employment benefits laws. Davis chastised opponents for their “fiery rhetoric” and for using social media to blast him but failing to meet with him on the bill.

“We’re not at Defcon 1 right now. We can take a day. We can take a breath.”

Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore County, urging a one-day delay in a vote over giving the attorney general the discretion to sue the federal government.

“It’s always great to be on the Eastern Shore. It’s great to be in Wicomico County. Being anywhere but Annapolis is great this time of year ’cause there’s a little bit of crazy politics going on down there.”

Hogan, in remarks to the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

“My right index finger hit the wrong button, and I will cut it off later so it won’t happen again.”

Del. Gerald. W. ‘Jerry’ Clark, R-Southern Maryland, asking to change his vote on a proposed amendment to House Joint Resolution 3. Clark accidentally voted against the amendment.

“Not today. You can loaf. You can goof off.”

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, asked by a reporter whether he intended to sue the Trump administration after being given the authority to do so by the legislature.

“This bill received the unanimous support of the Garrett County delegation of one.”

Del. Wendell R. Beitzel, R-Garrett and Allegany, during testimony on a bill that would make changes to Garrett County’s Sunday alcohol sales laws. Beitzel is the only member of the House of Delegates from Garrett County.

Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery

Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery

“My signature at 17 is much different than it is now. Someone looking at my loopy-doopy thing then and my loopy-doopy thing now — they don’t look anything alike.”

Sen. Cheryl Kagan, D-Montgomery, talking about the problems of verifying signatures on mail-in ballots during a debate on Senate Bill 711, which would allow the state’s 3.7 million registered voters to cast a ballot by mail.

“Through the magic of bill drafting, one word became six pages, somehow.”

Sen. Steve Waugh, R-St. Mary’s County, explaining how he wanted to add “coaches” to a list of positions within volunteer youth sports organizations that would be exempt from unemployment insurance law.

“They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. In that case, this bill may be a superhighway.”

Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-Carroll, speaking about what he sees as the detrimental effects of House Bill 1, which mandates paid sick leave for businesses with 15 or more employees.

“I’m happy to take credit for banning fracking but it since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll say (Hogan’s statement) is a bunch of malarkey.”

Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, responding to Gov. Larry Hogan’s comments that lawmakers failed to enact Hogan’s fracking regulations.

Del. William Folden, R-Frederick

Del. William G. Folden, R-Frederick

“When you’re 17, young love is great. I can still remember my girlfriend of 17. Love her to death. Thank goodness I didn’t marry her.”

Del. William G. Folden, R-Frederick, during the House’s debate on a bill that would eliminate current provisions that allow a 16- or 17-year-old to get married with parental permission or proof of pregnancy.

“For the gentleman who is celebrating his birthday today, I think we should only celebrate his birthday when five other senators have their birthdays.”

Sen. Justin Ready, R-Carroll, speaking of Sen. Craig Zucker, D-Montgomery. Zucker sponsored a bill that called for reforming how the state redraws congressional districts but delays that plan until five other regional states join in a compact with Maryland.

10a-szeliga-kathy-general-assembly-opening-2017mf219“My mother told me nothing good happens on the floor of the House after 5 p.m., Mr. Speaker.”

Del. Kathy Szeliga, R-Baltimore and Harford Counties, at approximately 5:10 p.m.

“It’s not in the drawer. It’s on the shelf.”

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., D-Prince George’s, describing the metaphorical location of a bill that would retain Maryland’s current bail system. Legislation “in the drawer” is considered dead for the session.

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