Monday, April 12th brought to a close the end of an unusual Legislative Session. The halls were quiet this year, but the offices, Annex and State House were buzzing with work. In many ways, this Legislative Session delivered more transparency than in previous years with the use of virtual meetings and televised sessions. Interested citizens were able to see their representatives in action while gaining an understanding of the committee process and obstacles that challenge legislators as we work to pass our bills, advocate for and against legislation, and try to ensure the people's will is not overshadowed by special interest.
In years past, my end of session letter focused on my bills, local county legislation and the budget as it relates to our region. Our delegation followed up with an Annapolis Report which gave a much broader view of what passed during Session. Because we are unable to send that detailed report, my letter this year will include more information on bills which passed in the legislature or should have.