General Assembly prepares for a contentious 90 days

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous leads a chant at a rally for clean energy Wednesday morning.


The opening day of the General Assembly session is always filled with platitudes about bipartisanship and displays of camaraderie. Along these lines, Gov. Larry Hogan urged cooperation in his opening remarks to legislators on Wednesday, the first day of the 2018 legislative session.

“Over the next 90 days, our goal is going to be to try to put the politics aside, push the pause button,” Hogan said. “Let’s have our disagreements but let’s do it agreeably, and let’s try to find ways to find common ground.”

But the legislature is set to take on some politically divisive issues — many in response to actions taken by Congress or President Trump in Washington — in a session also fraught with election-year political fights.

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