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Winners & Losers in the 2019 General Assembly session




Johns Hopkins

Using a painstaking mix of lobbying and diplomacy, Hopkins won approval for an armed campus police force.

Federal employees

Lawmakers OK’d a measure granting workers unemployment benefits during future furloughs.

Dels. Maggie McIntosh and Nancy King

The two powerful committee chairwomen pulled together a down payment for the Kirwan Commission education funding recommendations.

Sen. Jill Carter

It was her legislation that led to disclosure of self-dealing by Mayor Catherine Pugh and other members of the UMMS board.

Sen. Cory McCray

The Baltimore Democrat was at the forefront of the successful drive for a $15 minimum wage.

Del. Adrienne Jones

She assumed a thankless task – filling in for the dying House Speaker Michael Busch – and handled it with grace and firmness.

Sen. William Ferguson

While his measure to save the Preakness Stakes and revitalize Pimlico Race Course came up short, the agile compromise brought disparate viewpoints together.

Eric Gally

He scored victories on environmental matters and a host of other progressive issues; it would be hard to imagine a lobbyist with a better session.


Peter Franchot

The comptroller is used to verbal potshots from fellow Democrats. This session they did more than talk, gutting his oversight authority over tobacco, alcohol and fuel.

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, D-Harford, meets with reporters Thursday evening following her censure. (Bryan P. Sears)

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, D-Harford. (Bryan P. Sears)

Dels. Mary Ann Lisanti and Hasan “Jay” Jalisi

She was censured for using a racial slur to describe Prince George’s County. He was reprimanded for bullying his staff. Both were stripped of assignments.

University of Maryland Medical System

The revelations that nearly one-third of its board had some financial dealing with the system led to audits and investigations, not to mention a stain on its reputation.

Sports betting

For the second session in a row, lawmakers couldn’t agree whether – and if so, how – to create a path to sports betting. Lots of other states have figured this out.

Del. Dereck Davis

When a chairman has a bill that he firmly opposes – in this instance a renewable energy – not only get out of his committee but gain passage, it’s not a Kodak moment.

Vinnie DeMarco

The progressive lobbyist may be touting the passage of a prescription affordability board and a health care enrollment program, but both were watered down beyond recognition.


The technology innovation agency spent much of the session recovering from an audit that questioned why it was helping fund out-of-state companies.



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