The last full week of the General Assembly's 2016 session will begin Monday morning with the amicable ceremony of a bill signing.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch will flank Gov. Larry Hogan in the State House Reception Room as he approves legislation passed by both chambers.
After that, the gloves come off.
The House and Senate could take up an override of Hogan's veto last week of a hotly contested bill to set up a system for scoring transportation projects as early as Monday. They don't have to act then, and it's up to Miller and Busch when to bring the bill to the floor for an override vote.
If the last month is any indicator, Hogan can be expected to beat the drums of opposition to the bill all the way up to the override vote and beyond. He has already called out by name legislators who have supported the bill, which has taken on a politically symbolic importance that outweighs its actual substance.
Nevertheless, the Democratic leaders of both chambers appear to have enough votes to prevail if all of their members are present.
Hogan has until late in the week to make decisions about other bills the legislature sent up to him last week -- many of them involve spending requirements of the type he opposes. He could sign them, veto them or let them become law without his signature. Among them are a package of bills that would deliver hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Baltimore.
Even if the governor waits until the last moment to issue vetoes, the House and Senate will have plenty of time to hold override votes. The House could start that process in motion as early as Saturday.
Meanwhile, other significant legislation will probably be going to conference committees to resolve differences between Senate and House bills before the legislature ends its 90-day session at midnight next Monday.
One of them is a landmark overhaul of Maryland's crime-fighting strategies called the Justice Reinvestment Act. It makes significant changes in sentencing, prison release, parole and probation and drug treatment policies. While the bill has bipartisan support, the House and Senate committees have significant differences to work out.
Also likely to wind up in conference is legislation dealing with police recruitment, training and disciplinary policies -- an outgrowth of the rioting in Baltimore last year after the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. A key issue will be whether to allow civilians to serve as voting members of police trial boards.
A bill that would stiffen the requirement that drunk drivers install an ignition interlock device -- which prevents them from driving after drinking -- will either go to a conference committee or be resolved by one house agreeing to the other's changes.
Other bills continue to make their way through the process of winning approval in both houses. They include legislation that would protect Baltimore against future erosion of its state education aid as a result of value added to its assessable tax base through tax breaks to developers.
There will be a final push to pass a bill requiring employers to offer sick leave to their workers. The bill is expected to pass the House of Delegates this week. It hasn't advanced yet in the Senate, but more than half of senators are co-sponsors, so it stands a good chance if it can get to the floor for a vote.
Baltimore Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Erin Cox contributed to this article.