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Maryland voters weigh in on proposed budget amendment

Maryland voters consider a proposed constitutional amendment that would grant the legislature the ability to increase, decrease or add items to the state budget while not exceeding the total amount submitted by the governor. (Philip Van Slooten / Capital News Service)

Capital News Service – Mail-in voting is underway as Marylanders consider a proposed constitutional amendment granting the legislature the ability to increase line-item funding and add items to the state budget.

Legislators advanced the measure in March, largely along party lines, with lead sponsors arguing it seeks to balance the budget process while opponents state it removes a legislative check.

Lt. Collins’ law one of several Maryland laws going into effect tomorrow, Oct.1

2nd Lt. Richard Collins III was fatally stabbed at a University of Maryland, College Park campus bus stop in 2017 while awaiting an Uber with friends. Sean Urbanski was convicted of first-degree murder but not of a hate crime charge. (Philip Van Slooten / Capital News Service)

An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and healthcare, including an infectious disease mandate named for Olivia Paregol, a University of Maryland freshman who died during a 2018 campus outbreak.

Questions mount for Maryland’s next legislative session

Caption: Delegate Julian Ivey, D-Prince George’s, far right in dark suit jacket, sits with special session demonstrators on Sept. 16. (Philip Van Slooten / Capital News Service).

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General Assembly leaders in Maryland ended the 2020 session early and recently declined a special session due to pandemic and presidential election concerns. But they have yet to announce plans, particularly regarding legislative voting, as the next session draws near.