Dates matter in the Maryland General Assembly. When facing a compact 90-day timeframe for the legislative session, deadlines offer a roadmap for legislators and citizens alike.
This week marks an early milestone – bill introduction deadlines. This important deadline means that legislation introduced after a certain date is not guaranteed assignment to a committee. For the Senate of Maryland, the bill introduction deadline was February 4. For the House of Delegates, the deadline is February 8. Late bills can certainly be viable, but their chances for passage are reduced.
Other important upcoming deadlines and dates:
- March 4 – final date for introduction of bills without suspension of rules
- March 12 – committee reporting courtesy date, meaning each chamber’s committees must report their own bills by this date
- March 18 – opposite chamber crossover date, meaning each chamber must send to other chamber those bills it intends to pass favorably
- April 1 – budget bill to be passed by both chambers
- April 8 – Sine Die (adjournment of session)
With 60 days remaining in the 2019 session, the pace of session activities will begin to pick up significantly. The GBC will continue to be active throughout the legislative session, serving as the voice of business and protecting Maryland’s competitive business environment.