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LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS: 1998


1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
412th session of General Assembly
Annapolis, Maryland
January 14 - April 13, 1998
BILLS
Introduced Passed
Senate 799 358
House 1,428 531
Total 2,227 889
Enacted Vetoed
Senate 305 52
House 479 50
Total 784 102
JOINT RESOLUTIONS
Introduced Passed
Senate 17 6
House 22 6
Total 39 12
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Introduced Passed
Senate 8 0
House 20 2
Total 28 2
Submitted to referendum 0
VETOES
Overridden 0
BUDGET
Operating Budget $16,632,654,449
Bond- Financed Capital Program $621,500,000
General Obligation Bonds* $430,000,000
Consolidated Transportation Bonds $160,000,000
Higher Education Bonds $31,500,000
1998 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
Aging - creation of department; assisted suicides; bomb threats, Child Protection Act of 1998; Child Welfare Workforce Initiative of 1998; Children and Families First Health Care Act of 1998; college scholarships and tuition; criminal penalties - increase; digital signatures; dinosaur - State symbol; drunk and drugged driving; economic development (Maryland Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Corporation; enterprise zones); elections and campaign financing; gambling and horse racing; gubernatorial pardons; gun control (child resistant or childproof); health care regulatory reform; health insurance; intercounty connector; judges' salaries - increase; Juvenile Justice Act of 1998; legislative ethics; medical professional licensing and certification; milk (Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact; State symbol); mortgage lending business reform; nutrient management - pfiesteria; organ and tissue donation; real estate licensing reform; School Accountability Funding for Excellence; substance abuse programs; tax reduction; telecommuting; tobacco manufacturers - State claims; utility deregulation; victims' rights.

*includes $129,500,000 for Public School Construction

Source: Department of Legislative Services

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