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Crossover day in the legislature signals that time is running short for lawmakers in the session, but it also provides a clearer picture of what might advance and bills that have failed to make it out of one chamber and into the other are for all intents and purposes considered dead.

Lawmakers pushed back crossover day from Monday to Tuesday. The extra day likely won't impact too much legislation that had already either not been heard in a committee or had received an unfavorable report.

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For Carroll lawmakers, most of the local legislation passed from one chamber to the other, as would be expected for local bills. But questions still remain as to whether they will pass before the end of the session next month.

One of the bills that has received the most attention would allow charities to engage in casino night gambling events to raise money. Our lawmakers have attempted to get this legislation passed several times over the past few years, and on multiple occasions the proposed bill made it through one chamber only to die in the other. This year, the bill has again passed one chamber – the Senate – and awaits approval in the House. A committee hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 31.

Other local bills likely to pass include one that would make the Correctional Officer's Bill of Rights applicable to Carroll, which has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate, a $17 million bond bill for the county and a bill to extend the hours of Sunday liquor sales to allow stores to open at 8 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. as the law now stands.

Unlikely to pass are bills having to do with special elections in the event of legislative openings. Several of those bills were proposed following uproars over how some Delegate and Senator openings were filled, but lawmakers seem reluctant to change the current process which gives political central committees the task of recommending replacements.

Other bills have to do with the taxing of pensions and proposed reductions likely will face a difficult time as well.

Anyone can track the progress of bills on the General Assembly website, or can look up their own lawmakers to see the legislation they have proposed and whether it is moving forward, is stalled or has been killed outright.

As the legislative session winds down, there will be more pressure to get bills that have passed one chamber through the other chamber. You can track your own lawmakers' progress, as well as the progress of individual bills that you are interested in, on the general Assembly website at mgaleg.maryland.gov.

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