Paul G Pinsky

Maryland General Assembly opens with optimism, ceremony as legislators take office for four years

Maryland General Assembly opens with optimism, ceremony as legislators take office for four years

With spouses and children by their sides, Maryland's 188 lawmakers were sworn into office Wednesday.

The House of Delegates and state Senate held simultaneous ceremonies at noon on opposite sides of the State House. While lawmakers are expected to hash out tricky issues over the next 90 days, the first day was largely reserved for celebration and optimism.

House Speaker Michael Busch, who was re-elected to lead his chamber, struck a bipartisan tone in his remarks to the 141 delegates. He encouraged them to share their thoughts, either publicly on the...

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