Maryland & Delaware sessions open
Change is the theme in this year's new legislatures. At the local, state and federal level, there were major changes, and the environment continues to evolve.
The Delaware session opened January 10 in Dover. John Carney (at right, top), formerly in the U.S. House of Representatives, begins his first term as governor. Bethany Hall-Long (second from top) was elected Lt. Governor, vacating her State Senate seat. That seat will be filled by a special election in the spring, which may result in the Delaware Sentate shifting to a slim Republican majority.
At the federal level, Lisa Blunt-Rochester will serve as the new U.S. House Representative.
In Maryland, committee assignments are still being arranged. There is some clarity in areas that hear most press issues: Health & Government Operations will be chaired by Delegate Shane Pendergrass (District 13), due to the resignation of Pete Hammen to take a post in Mayor Pugh's cabinet. The vice chair will be Delegate Eric Bromwell (District 8).
Delegate Dan Morhaim, formerly the chair of the Government Operations and Long Term Care Subcommittee has been moved to the Judiciary Committee, and replaced by long-time press freedoms advocate, Delegate Samuel I. Rosenberg (District 41). Sandy was fomerly on the Judiciary Committee.
New Senator Barbara Robinson (filling the seat vacated by now-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh) will join the Senate Environmental Health and Education Committee, where many public notice issues are debated. Senator James Rosapepe has been moved from that committee, which is chaired by Senator Joan Carter Conway.