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December 3, 2010

Miller announces new committee assignments

Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller just put out the list new assignments for four of the body's six committees.

As was widely rumored, the powerful Budget and Taxation committee shrank from 15 to 13. The pain was blunted by the fact that one member retired and another was not re-elected. Also Sen. Robert Zirkin moved off the committee on to the Judicial Proceedings panel and replaced by Sen. Richard Colburn.

Baltimore's Nathaniel McFadden moved up to Vice Chair of B&T. As previously announced, Sen. Edward Kasemeyer will chair the committee. He replaces Sen. Ulysses Currie who was indicted on bribery charges. Currie will remain a member of the panel.

Newcomer Bill Ferguson of Baltimore will be on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee, which fits with his background as a teacher and staffer in Baltimore's school system.

That committee also underwent significant change -- five of its members are unchanged. Their work will be watched closely, as the committee has jurisdiction over the high-profile issue of potentially legalizing wine shipments directly to consumers.

See new committee assignments for B&T, Education, Finance and JPR after the jump. Memberships for the Rules committee and Executive Nominations panel haven't yet been announced.  

* New to the committee
** New to the senate and the committee

Budget and Taxation
Edward J. Kasemeyer, Chair
Nathaniel J. McFadden, Vice-Chair
David R. Brinkley
*Richard F. Colburn (Moved from Education)
Ulysses Currie
James E. DeGrange, Sr.
George C. Edwards
Verna L. Jones
Nancy J. King
Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.
**Roger Manno
Douglas J.J. Peters
James N. Robey  

Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
Joan Carter Conway, Chair
Roy P. Dyson, Vice-Chair
**Joanne C. Benson
**Bill Ferguson
**J.B. Jennings
**Karen S. Montgomery
Paul G. Pinsky
Edward R. Reilly
James C. Rosapepe
*Bryan W. Simonaire (Moved from JPR)
**Ronald N. Young

Thomas M. Middleton, Chair
John C. Astle, Vice-Chair
Robert J. Garagiola
Barry Glassman
Delores G. Kelley
Allan H. Kittleman
Katherine A. Klausmeier
**James N. Mathias, Jr.
*C. Anthony Muse (moved from JPR)
E.J. Pipkin
Catherine E. Pugh

Judicial Proceedings
Brian E. Frosh, Chair
Lisa A. Gladden, Vice-Chair
James Brochin
**Joseph M. Getty
Jennie M. Forehand
Nancy Jacobs
Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin
Norman R. Stone, Jr.
*Robert A. (Bobby) Zirkin (moved from B&T)
**Victor R. Ramirez
**Christopher B. Shank

Posted by Annie Linskey at 3:33 PM | | Comments (5)


Already missin' Della

JPR was bad enough on the death penalty and now Miller combined the dumb duo (Brochin & Zirkin) of death penalty amendments. These two knuckleheads are why cop-and-correction-officer-killers get to live while the victim's families get to suffer. Is Miller losing it in his advanced years?

A freshman, Manno, on B&T? Colburn? Guessing that Benson and Montgomery requested EHEA with the misunderstanding that it had the same oversight as HGO.

"Currie will remain a member of the panel."

And corrupt people remain in charge.

How does Miller justify keeping Currie on the panel?
Why no follow up from THE SUN?

Senator Manno is new to the State Senate, but has been a Delegate for the past four years.

Not sure why there would be a need to question Sen. Colburn - but they needed a Republican for the committee, and there aren't a whole lot to choose from.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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