Observations and Reflections on Legislative Activities
By Delegate Michael A. McDermott
Week 8 March 5-9, 2012
Judiciary Hearing Conducted Jointly with Health and Government Operations Committee
The hearing on medical marijuana was conducted with testimony resembling last years arguments. While many testified, the air had already been let out of the balloon by a morning announcement in the paper indicating that Gov. O’Malley would veto any such bill. At this time, it would seem to be going nowhere fast.
Coming up Next Week...
The House will have a better idea of what version of the budget is being passed over for consideration, including proposed tax and fee increases. HJ-12, a proposed House Resolution addressing certain provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (particularly the issue of American citizens being denied due process or a writ of habeas Corpus under certain circumstances) will be heard by the Rules Committee on Monday afternoon. Nine other states have adopted such a resolution and I hope Maryland will join the list of states standing up for our liberty. HB-1334 known as “Ava’s Law” will be heard in the Judiciary committee. This bill seeks to enhance the penalty for causing an injury while under the influence of drugs. HB-966 will also be heard this week. It seeks to conduct a Straw Poll as to public opinion on having an elected school board in Wicomico County.