With the 2003 General Assembly session focused primarily on how to balance the budget and whether to legalize slot machine gambling, lawmakers made few substantive changes in key issues facing the state.
* Charter schools: Lawmakers approved a watered-down version of Ehrlich's proposal for the independently run, publicly funded schools.
* Juvenile services: Lawmakers approved Ehrlich's bill to change the name of the Juvenile Justice Department and agreed to move responsibility for educating young offenders to the Education Department but cut the money needed for the changes.
* Project Exile: The proposal to toughen sentences for gun crimes never made it out of committee.
* Slot machine gambling: The legislature ultimately rejected Ehrlich's plan to legalize 11,500 slot machines at four racetracks.
* Abortion: A measure that would toughen parental notification requirements died in committee.
* Campaign finance: The legislature rejected all efforts to change how campaigns are financed, including bills that would double the amount that could be contributed and others that would restrict how cash could be raised.
* CareFirst: After the state insurance commissioner rejected the sale of the nonprofit insurer, lawmakers voted to change CareFirst's board to ensure that it upholds its nonprofit charter.
* Child sexual abuse: Lawmakers extended the statutes of limitations for reporting such crimes but rejected a measure that would require Catholic priests to report some information divulged in the confessional.
* Death penalty: Every effort to reform capital punishment -- from a call for its abolition to a requirement that prosecutors seek the death penalty whenever possible -- met defeat.
* Gun control: Caught in a squeeze play with the Project Exile bill, measures that would extend a ban on assault weapons and require ballistic fingerprinting for rifles sold in Maryland never made it out of committee.
* Hate crimes: An effort to extend the state's hate-crime law to crimes motivated by a victim's sexual orientation ultimately was defeated.
* Illegal immigrants: Lawmakers extended in-state tuition benefits to certain illegal immigrants living in Maryland.
* Medical marijuana: Lawmakers agreed to reduce penalties for possession of marijuana when the drug is used for medical purposes.
* Trauma centers:Trauma centers at Maryland hospitals would receive a dedicated flow of revenue from motor vehicle registration fees.