A listing of Montgomery County's legislative delegation in the Jan. 5 Metro section left out the name of Sharon Grosfeld (D). She was elected to fill the state Senate seat once held by Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Md.). (Published 1/7/03)
When The 2003 General Assembly convenes on Wednesday and continues for 90 days until the scheduled adjournment April 7. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the first Republican elected Maryland governor since 1966, will be sworn in Jan. 15.
Where The General Assembly meets in Annapolis in the historic Capitol, the oldest statehouse still in continuous legislative use. After the Revolutionary War, the city was the first peacetime capital of the United States. It was there that Gen. George Washington resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army and that the Treaty of Paris was ratified, officially ending the war.
Balance of Power The governor is a Republican. Democrats control both legislative chambers. In the 141-member House of Delegates, there are 98 Democrats and 43 Republicans. In the 47-member Senate, there are 33 Democrats and 14 Republicans.
Leaders Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Prince George's) will serve as Senate president. Del. Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) will be speaker of the House, replacing Casper R. Taylor Jr., who lost reelection in his Western Maryland district.
Local Delegations Anne Arundel -- Senators: John C. Astle (D), James E. DeGrange Sr. (D), John A. Giannetti Jr. (D), Janet Greenip (R), Philip C. Jimeno (D). Delegates: David G. Boschert (R), Michael E. Busch (D), Joan Cadden (D), Virginia P. Clagett (D), Bob A. Costa (R), Don Dwyer (R), Barbara A. Frush (D), John R. Leopold (R), Mary Ann Love (D), Del. Tony McConkey (R), Herb McMillan (R), Pauline H. Menes (D), Del. Brian R. Moe (D), James E. Rzepkowski (R), Theodore Sophocleus (D).
Calvert -- Senators: Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), Roy P. Dyson (D). Delegates: Anthony J. O'Donnell (R), Del. George W. Owings III (D).
Charles -- Senator: Thomas McLain Middleton (D). Delegates: Thomas E. Tim Hutchins (R), Sally Jameson (D), Van T. Mitchell (D).
Frederick -- Senators: David R. Brinkley (R), Alexander X. Mooney (R). Delegates: Joseph R. Bartlett (R), Galen Clagett (D), Donald B. Elliott (R), Patrick N. Hogan (R), Paul S. Stull (R), Richard B. Weldon, Jr. (R).
Howard -- Senators: Edward J. Kasemeyer (D), Robert H. Kittleman (R), Sandra B. Schrader (R). Delegates: Gail Bates (R), Elizabeth Bobo (D), Steven J. DeBoy Sr. (D), Robert L Flanagan (R), James E. Malone Jr. (D), Shane Pendergrass (D), Neil Quinter (D), Frank S. Turner (D).
Montgomery -- Senators: Jennie M. Forehand (D), Brian E. Frosh (D), Rob Garagiola (D), Patrick J. Hogan (D), Rona E. Kramer (D), Ida G. Ruben (D), Leonard H. Teitelbaum (D). Delegates: Charles Barkley (D), William A. Bronrott (D), Jean B. Cryor (R), Kathleen M. Dumais (D), Brian J. Feldman (D), Peter Franchot (D), Marilyn R. Goldwater (D), Ana Sol Gutierrez (D), Henry B. Heller (D), Sheila E. Hixson (D), John A. Hurson (D), Anne Kaiser (D), Nancy J. King (D), Susan C. Lee (D), Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D), Adrienne A. Mandel (D), Karen S. Montgomery (D), Gareth E. Murray (D), Carol S. Petzold (D), Joan F. Stern (D), Herman Taylor (D).
Prince George's -- Senators, all Democrats: Gwendolyn Britt, Ulysses Currie, Nathaniel Exum, John A. Giannetti Jr., Leo E. Green, Gloria G. Lawlah, Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Paul G. Pinsky. Delegates, all Democrats: Joanne C. Benson, Marilyn Bland, Anthony G. Brown, Mary A. Conroy, Dereck E. Davis, Barbara A. Frush, Tawanna P. Gaines, Melony Griffith, Anne Healey, Marvin E. Holmes Jr., Carolyn J.B. Howard, James W. Hubbard, Darryl A. Kelley, Pauline H. Menes, Brian R. Moe, Doyle Niemann, Obie Patterson, Rosetta C. Parker, James E. Proctor, Victor R. Ramirez, Justin D. Ross, Veronica Turner, Joseph F. Vallario Jr., Michael L. Vaughn.
St. Mary's County -- Senator: Roy P. Dyson (D). Delegates: John L. Bohanan Jr. (D), Anthony J. O'Donnell (R), John F. Wood Jr. (D).
Budget: Likely to be the key issue of the session. Ehrlich must deliver a budget that closes a $1.2 billion gap in the fiscal year that begins in July. The current budget is also an estimated $550 million out of balance.
Slots: Key to Ehrlich's plan to balance the budget is the legalization of slot machines. Revenue from machines at the state's racetracks would help boost the sagging racing industry and pump $400 million into the state treasury, Ehrlich promises. But key lawmakers oppose the plan.
Taxes: Ehrlich has said he will propose no increase in sales or income taxes, but many legislators believe a tax increase is necessary to avoid deep cuts. Look for Democrats to propose closing tax loopholes that benefit corporations, putting Ehrlich in a difficult spot with many of the businesses that supported his campaign.
Gun laws: Ehrlich will seek approval of Project Exile, a program he said reduced gun-related crime in Richmond. Under Project Exile, many serious handgun violations would be prosecuted in federal courts, where judges send defendants to federal prisons far from home with no possibility of parole.
Death penalty: With a study due this week on possible bias in dispensing Maryland's death sentence, many lawmakers want to see Ehrlich extend a moratorium on executions. But Ehrlich has pledged to lift it quickly and may pursue measures expanding the death penalty to juveniles and to other sorts of crimes.
Chicken manure: Ehrlich has promised to take another look at the landmark environmental laws that strictly regulate how growers dispose of animal waste, a major pollutant of the Chesapeake Bay. Chicken farmers say the rules are too restrictive, but environmentalists are concerned about how far Ehrlich will go.
* How will the new speaker, Busch, put his stamp on the House of Delegates?
* Will the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature cooperate in solving the budget crisis?
* What services and what regions will be hurt by the budget cuts?