GENERAL ASSEMBLY

LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS: 1996


1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
General Assembly, 410th session,
Annapolis, Maryland,
January 10 - April 8, 1996
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 806 283
House 1,463 513
Total 2,269 796
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 227 56
House 465 48
Total 692 104
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 10 3
House 20 4
Total 30 7
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 10 3
House 14 1
Total 24 4
Submitted to referendum 4
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $14,634,554,408
State Debt $ 539,088,000
General Construction Loan $373,351,000
School Construction Loan $137,000,000
Bonds $28,737,000
1996 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Automobile insurance reform; brownfields (cleanup of old industrial sites); crime (victims' rights); economic development (Sunny Day Fund); education (disruptive students); educational funding - accountability and maintenance of effort; executive branch reorganization (Department of Personnel abolished; Department of Budget and Management formed); football stadiums (Camden Yards and Redskins); gambling; gun control; health insurance (mandatory coverage to lengthen postpartum hospitalization); health maintenance organizations (HMOs) provider communication-Health Care Provider and Payor Act; job-creation tax credit; Medicaid reform; personnel (State Personnel Management System Reform Act); sentencing (Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy); spousal murder (adultery as mitigating factor); State employees early retirement/buy-out plan; taxes on snacks; tourism development; transportation funding; welfare reform; wildlands preservation.

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