With a crush of hundreds of bills fighting to get final approval before the General Assembly's midnight deadline Monday, politics and relationships often rule what gets done during the legislature's final day in Annapolis.
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby came in person to fight for her top legislative priority - a bill that would allow prior evidence of sexual assault to be introduced at trials.
In the state Senate, that provision has been tacked onto a controversial bill that would allow rape victims to terminate the parental rights of their assailant. That big bill has been waiting to come to the Senate floor for several days.
Mosby walked hand-in-hand onto the Senate chamber with Sen. Joan Carter Conway, a Baltimore Democrat whose presence gave Mosby the right to be on the Senate floor, where normally only lawmakers are allowed. Mosby was looking to confront the lawmaker who stood in the way of her progress. She waited for Sen. Bobby Zirkin to finish a press gaggle and stood in the doorway to corner him.
"Bring it out, chairman," she said to Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat and chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, placing her hand on his shoulder.