Maryland General Assembly Gathers Amid Politics and Scandal

Maryland’s General Assembly will convene Wednesday while juggling more plot lines than a soap opera.

As the legislature prepares to begin its annual 90-day session at noon, it is grappling with emerging scandals, partisan bickering, internal shuffling and vacant seats.

All this accompanies more standard fare, including a yawning revenue gap and expected votes to override a gubernatorial veto regarding energy policy. Lawmakers also will consider an array of issues, including prescription drug costs, limits on student testing and paid sick leave for workers.