Crunch time at the State House
Ethics reform, septic systems top crossover day agenda
ANNAPOLIS | Lawmakers are working overtime of late with just 15 days left in the 2012 General Assembly and an important deadline looming Monday.
With high-profile legislation such as same-sex marriage and the state budget largely settled, the House and Senate are working furiously to pass some of their most important remaining bills by Monday’s crossover day — the date by which bills typically must pass their initial chamber to have a legitimate shot at becoming law.
Legislators put in long hours Friday and Saturday to pass several notable bills ahead of the deadline, including a modified version of Gov. Martin O’malley’s proposals to raise the state’s $30-a-year “flush tax.”
A number of other bills — including Senate-proposed ethics reforms and the governor’s proposal to limit septic systems — could be top priorities for lawmakers Monday as they try to beat the clock.
The 76th day of the 90-day session is the final day on which bills can pass their initial chamber and then be referred immediately to a standing committee in the opposite chamber. Any bills passed after Monday must go to
“If you do it the way the bill came in, there’s absolutely no recognition of property values,” Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, Charles Democrat, said of changes to the bill on septic systems.