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Md. House lawmakers play ball, in rare lull in legislative debate

Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery) gets ready to swing as colleagues look on in the courtyard of the House office building. (By Ann E. Marimow/The Washington Post)

There may be just a few days left in the General Assembly session and a crush of high-profile bills for legislators to dispose of before the April 11 deadline, but that doesn’t mean there’s no time for fun.

About a dozen House lawmakers took advantage of a rare lull in the legislative debate – and the spring weather – to strike up a friendly game of Wiffle Ball on Wednesday afternoon in the concrete courtyard of the House office building, affectionately known as Busch field in honor of House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).

Once it became clear that the full House would not meet for a second session Wednesday, Del. Eric M. Bromwell (D-Baltimore County) texted colleagues to meet in the courtyard after committee votes. By 3 p.m., a group of the younger generation of delegates, still wearing their ties, had gathered.

“This is how you get important business passed sometimes. You have to know your fellow legislators,” said Browmell, who had by then traded his shirtsleeves for a T-shirt.

Bromwell stressed that the good times should not give anyone the impression that legislators are not hard at work. The House returns Thursday morning to take up a pile of bills, including a controversial measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Maryland’s colleges and universities.

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.


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