As this years general assembly begins it’s second week, hoco politicos are stirring up a little dust and attracting a little ink down in 21401.
Predictably, referendum reform has generated bipartisan election year backing from the county delegation. At least they all say they want reform anyway. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun, “all three county state senators and three delegates, including Democrats Guy Guzzone and Bobo and Republican Warren E. Miller, said they support the idea of loosening the rules to prevent technicalities from eliminating valid signatures, though no specific bill has emerged.”
The devil is in the details so they say.
Of course some state lawmakers have a pretty clear idea of what they’d like to see in a bill. Liz Bobo wants any reform to be retroactive. Marc Norman likes this idea.
Senator Allan Kittleman is also in the news today. In this story by Annie Linsky in The Sun the Senator from western Howard County lambasted the O’Malley administration and their stewardship of the budget.
"They are trying to use smoke and mirrors and Band-Aids to get through this year," said Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman, a Howard County Republican. "Next year," he predicted, "they will have to have the highest tax increase in the history of Maryland."
I hope he’s wrong.
I will get a chance to chat with him about that and other stuff this week though. He will be our guest on “and then there’s that…” this Friday at the Lakeside café in Town Center.