MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY


LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS


1994

1995

1996

1997

1998


1994 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
408th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 12 - April 11, 1994
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 857 305
House 1,694 596
Total 2,551 901
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 214 89
House 532 61
Total 746 150
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 13 6
House 28 4
Total 41 10
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 1 1
House 2 2
Total 3 3
Submitted to referendum 0
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $13,344,388,055
State Debt $521,305,068
General Construction Loan $379,889,068
School Construction Loan $106,000,000
Bonds $35,416,000

1994 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Adoption of foster children; AIDS insurance assistance program (extension); AIDS prevention (pilot needle exchange program - Baltimore City); ambulatory care facilities; assault pistols and firearms regulation; budgets (operating and capital); casino gambling - Prince George's County; child support; crime (victims' rights, mandatory sentencing for habitually violent criminals); cross burning; death penalty (lethal injection; legal procedures); defense conversion assistance; Department of State Police; developmental disabilities (equity fund waiting list); discrimination by private clubs that serve alcoholic beverages; DNA data base and central repository; domestic violence; Efficiency 2000 Commission; English language; flag burning; gambling (charitable) regulation statewide; health care patient access (any willing provider); health services - local funding; Information Technology Board; juvenile crime (jurisdiction of criminal court); lead paint poisoning prevention; nursing facilities (discharge and transfer; prescreening and evaluation); parole eligibility and public hearings; procurement practices; schools (year-round); SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) suits; slot machines on Eastern Shore; small business development; State Aviation Commission; State symbols; Takoma Park (Prince George's and Montgomery Counties); tobacco tax; tourism funding; transportation funding; unemployment insurance (employers' surcharge); Vehicle Theft Prevention Council; welfare reform; wrongful death cases (cap on noneconomic damages).


1995 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
409th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 11 - April 10, 1995
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 868 301
House 1,393 477
Total 2,261 778
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 240 61
House 401 76
Total 641 137
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 11 3
House 22 7
Total 33 10
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 18 1
House 19 1
Total 37 2
Submitted to referendum 0
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $14,428,862,319
State Debt $487,460,000
General Construction Loan $339,380,000
School Construction Loan $117,500,000
Bonds $30,580,000

1995 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Automobile insurance; baseball (prohibition against replacement players); bicycle helmets; caning; child support; closing-cost reduction (transfer and real property taxes); community college funding; death penalty; domestic violence; drunk driving; economic development (Neighborhood Business Development Program); education (disruptive students); election law (Task Force to Review the State's Election Law); English language; environmental permits standing [requirements for contested case hearings or judicial review]; Fair Campaign Financing Act; gambling; health-care malpractice claims; Health Care Reform Act; health insurance (patient access); housing (lead reduction); hunting (regulated shooting areas); interstate banking; Judicial Disabilities Commission; juvenile law (detention and intake; restitution); legislative ethics; legislative scholarships; local government (residency requirements); motor vehicle theft; nontidal wetlands; optometrists (scope of practice); pensions (restrictions on special local systems); personal property tax; pornography (displaying to minors); procurement (minority business enterprise); Program Open Space Act; regulatory mandates on local government; sex offender registration; smoking (workplace ban, exceptions); speed limit (65 mph); State agencies reorganization; Student Safety and Support Act; taxes; title insurance; transportation (highway-users revenue distribution); unemployment insurance; University of Maryland System; vehicle emissions testing; welfare; Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Tunnel Compact.


1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
410th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 10 - April 8, 1996
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 806 283
House 1,463 513
Total 2,269 796
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 227 56
House 465 48
Total 692 104
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 10 3
House 20 4
Total 30 7
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 10 3
House 14 1
Total 24 4
Submitted to referendum 4
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $14,634,554,408
State Debt $ 539,088,000
General Construction Loan $373,351,000
School Construction Loan $137,000,000
Bonds $28,737,000

1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Automobile insurance reform; brownfields (cleanup of old industrial sites); crime (victims' rights); economic development (Sunny Day Fund); education (disruptive students); educational funding - accountability and maintenance of effort; executive branch reorganization (Department of Personnel abolished; Department of Budget and Management formed); football stadiums (Camden Yards and Redskins); gambling; gun control; health insurance (mandatory coverage to lengthen postpartum hospitalization); health maintenance organizations (HMOs) provider communication-Health Care Provider and Payor Act; job-creation tax credit; Medicaid reform; personnel (State Personnel Management System Reform Act); sentencing (Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy); spousal murder (adultery as mitigating factor); State employees early retirement/buy-out plan; taxes on snacks; tourism development; transportation funding; welfare reform; wildlands preservation.


1997 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
411th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 8 - April 7, 1997
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 915 354
House 1,470 537
Total 2,385 891
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 283 71
House 476 61
Total 759 132
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 17 3
House 28 5
Total 45 8
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 4 0
House 14 0
Total 18 0
Submitted to referendum 0
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $15,443,465,132
State Debt $593,773,000
General Construction Loan $414,993,000
School Construction Loan $147,400,000
Bonds $31,380,000

1997 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Alcoholic beverages (microbrewery expansion); Baltimore City schools; brownfields (cleanup of old industrial sites); budgets; campaign financing; child-support enforcement; college tuition-savings program; crimes (warrantless arrests); dairy industry; domestic violence (protective orders); family law (abuse as grounds for divorce); gambling; health (managed care); health (public) - extension of needle exchange program in Baltimore City; health insurance (mandated benefits; Thrive by Three for women and children in low- to moderate-income households); homicide (spousal adultery as mitigating circumstance); HOPE Scholarship Program; horse-racing industry assistance; incinerators in Baltimore City; income tax reduction; job-creation income-tax credits; lead paint; lobbying reform; mortgage-lender regulatory reform; motor vehicles (seat belt violation as primary action; traffic signal violations; use of headlights in rain); pesticides (parental notification of use in schools); property tax - "truth in taxation"; right to farm; Rural Legacy; sales tax; Smart Growth; telecommunications; tobacco tax; tourism funding; Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program - dynamometer test; video sales - local tax; welfare innovation.


1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
412th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 14 - April 13, 1998
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 799 358
House 1,428 531
Total 2,227 889
Enacted Vetoed
Senate
House
Total
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 17 6
House 22 6
Total 39 12
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 8 0
House 20 2
Total 28 2
Submitted to referendum
VETOES
Overridden
BUDGET
Operating Budget
State Debt
General Construction Loan
School Construction Loan
Bonds

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