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Significant Issues

Aid to education (Action Plan for Educational
Excellence); auto emissions; blue laws (Sunday
sales); boating safety; child abuse and neglect;
Children's Trust Fund; collateral source rule in
awards of damages; condominiums, cooperatives,
and homeowners associations; corporal punish-
ment for schoolchildren; covered loads on trucks;
death penalty for minors and incompetents; cre-
ation of Dept. of the Environment; Distinguished
Scholar Program; Driver License Compact; drug
testing for State employees; drunk driving; elderly
social services; election campaign reform; family-
oriented personnel policies; food establishment
regulation; gambling in Baltimore County; gas tax
(5 cents per gallon increase); health care delivery
systems; independent status for Juvenile Services
Agency; live animal experiments; medical malprac-
tice (tort reform); out-of-State banks (Citicorp);
motorcyclists' protective headgear; rape trials—jury
charge (Lord Hale); regional savings and loans;
reorganization of State government—Dept. of
Economic & Employment Development and Dept.
of Housing & Community Development; slot ma-
chines on the Eastern Shore; smoking in public
places; stadiums and creation of Stadium Author-
ity; State income tax reform; steep slope mining;
surrogate parenting; tax amnesty; tort liability of
local governments; truck safety; Vietnam veterans
recognition; windfall tax; workers' compensation.

1988 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

394th session of General Assembly
Convened: January 13, 1988
Adjourned: April 11, 1988

Bills

Introduced Passed
Senate...........................883...........................342
House........................1, 490...........................530
Total..........................2, 373...........................872

Signed Vetoed
Senate...........................295............................ 47
House...........................497............................ 33
Total.............................792............................ 80

Joint Resolutions

Introduced Passed
Senate.............................38................................9
House.............................58................................6
Total...............................96.............................15

Constitutional Amendments

Proposed:
Senate..................................................16
House..................................................19
Total....................................................35

Submitted to referendum: ....................................2

Vetoes

Overridden: ..........................................................1

Budget

Operating Budget........................$9, 782, 046, 826
(8. 7% increase)
State Debt.......................................$269, 178, 000
General Construction Loan ...........$110, 691, 000
School Construction Loan..............$ 53, 000, 000
Bonds..............................................$ 90, 509, 000

Significant Issues

Abortion funding; AIDS; appointment of
judges; aquaculture; auto emissions; budget; Ches-
apeake Bay; child abuse victims—testimony; child
care regulation; child support guidelines; corporate
directors and officers liability; corporate takeovers;
covered loads on trucks; drunk driving; dangerous
dogs; economic development funds and programs;
handguns; higher education reorganization; higher
education scholarships; ignition interlock systems;
inheritance tax law revision; homestead tax credit;
light rail; national banking acquisitions; Port Com-
mission to enhance Port of Baltimore; racing—
intertrack wagering; recycling; regulation of
plumbers, electricians, and real estate brokers; sav-
ings and loan associations—conversion; surrogate
motherhood; smoking in retail stores; unemploy-
ment insurance trust funds.

THE LEGISLATIVE YEAR

The legislative rhythm repeats itself from year to year. Its cycle is governed by certain dates established
by the Maryland Constitution, statute, rule, and custom. For example, the Constitution requires the
General Assembly to convene on the second Wednesday in January and limits the session to ninety days
and an extension to thirty days (Const., Art. Ill, secs. 6, 14, & 15). Dates established by statute include
the prefiling deadlines (Code State Government Article, sec. 2-1502) and the due dates for reports which
are usually included in their enabling legislation. Dates pertaining to the introduction of legislation are
mandated both by the Constitution and the Rules of each house. Custom has created the post-prefile
procedures and established July 1 and October 1 as the customary effective dates for bills.

 

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