No organization operates perfectly, whether in state government or in the private sector. But it's our collective obligation to improve how government functions. The analysis that led to HB 698 was initiated by Gov Martin O'Malley, and his successor, Gov. Larry Hogan, has started to take a close look at state contracts. While HB 698 will not pass this year — and comprehensive change bills like this never do — it is serving a purpose. Already, the bill has sparked an intense discussion among all branches of state government and brought together key stakeholders who have committed to work together in anticipation of the 2016 legislative session.