Roundup: Maryland General Assembly 2010
Under the shadow of the looming fall election, state lawmakers return to Annapolis on Wednesday. They'll try to close a $2 billion by retaining last year's deep cuts and slashing even more. Can they do it without isolating voters?
Here are the top policy issues that have emerged so far:
Energy re-regulation: Repeal the state's 1999 decision to get out of the business of regulating energy.
Education: Increase the number of years it takes for teachers to achieve tenure and require unions to bargain over alternative pay.
Unemployment insurance: Require employers to use "alternative base period" in determining eligibility for unemployment insurance.
Death penalty: Add fingerprints and still photographs to the list of evidence acceptable in capital cases.
Gangs: Standardize reporting requirements between schools and law enforcement about gang activity.
Sex-offender registry: Review how major sex offenders from other states who move to Maryland are classified on the state sex offender registry.
Jobs: Give $3,000 tax credit to businesses for every unemployed Marylander they hire and put $10 million toward state guarantees of bank loans made to small businesses.
The Sun's editorial board promises a session with more headlines than a typical election year.
We'd like to hear from you. What do you think will -- or should -- be front and center for Maryland lawmakers this year?