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January 2008

Issue Papers for Maryland's 2008 Legislative Session

The Maryland General Assembly began its 425th Legislative Session on January 9, 2008. The session adjourns 90 days later on April 7.

For the benefit of Members of the Maryland General Assembly and before the start of the legislative session, the Issue Papers are released in December by the Department of Legislative Services. The Issue Papers make up a comprehensive report on the current status of issues since the adjournment of the previous year's session. Issue Papers of the 2008 Legislative Session, a massive 303-page report, is available on on the General Assembly website tucked away under "Everything Else."

This year's Issue Papers contain updates in the following 17 categories: the Operating Budget, Capital Program, Revenue and Taxes, Personnel, Education, Higher Education, Health and Health Insurance, Social Programs, Transportation, Economic and Community Development, Business Regulation, Public Safety, Criminal Law, Civil Procedings, Environmental and Natural Resources, and State and Local Government. The Issue Papers close the information gap created following the conclusion of the prior session, and the publication of two reports on the prior session.

Each April, Department of Legislative Services publishes The 90-Day Report, a review of the year's legislative session, and the Sine Die Legislative Wrap-Up, a concise summary of legislative activity during the session.

A weekly update on the status of bills in the current session is provided by the Legislative Wrap-Up, from January 9, 2008 to present, and is available along with the Sine Die Legislative Wrap-Ups, from 1996 to last year, in the Legislative Wrap-Up Index.

Archives of Issue Papers, from 2005 to last year, the Sine Die Legislative Wrap-Up, from 1996 to last year, and The 90-Day Reports, from 1999 to last year, are available on the General Assembly website under "Prior Session Information."

Finally, don't miss a new publication of the Department of Legislative Services, an epic-sized 650-page report the Major Issues Review, covering 13 major issues from 2003-2006, also available under "Everything Else" on the Generaly Assembly Web site.

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