Maryland Politics Weekly Round-Up: February 7-13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -– This week things have begun to heat up in the General Assembly with numerous overrides of Governor Larry Hogan’s 2020 vetoes. The governor also met with President Joe Biden to discuss COVID relief, all while the General Assembly voted his 2021 RELIEF Act through the legislature, which is now waiting on the governor’s desk.

Stories of the Week

  • The General Assembly overrode several of Governor Hogan’s vetoes from last year’s session on Monday and Thursday. Most Notably HB 1300 Blueprint for Maryland Future which is large education reform bill meant to divert state fund for modernizing and optimizing the states education system.


  • Governor Hogan was invited to a meeting with President Joe Biden in the oval as part of a bipartisan discussion with other mayors and governors regarding relief efforts aimed at curbing the covid-19 pandemic. Topics discussed during the meeting included the current vaccine rollout and the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief Package championed by the President and House and Senate Democrats.

Bills to Watch

  • HB 612/SB 496 - 2021 Relief Act : This large COVID-19 relief package, championed by Governor Hogan, passed through the House of Delegates and the Senate this week. It is now set to be given to Governor Hogan for approval. This Bill would implement various forms of tax and direct relief to Maryland citizens.


  • HB 1346 - Landlord tenant- Eviction proceedings - Catastrophic Health Emergencies: This bill grants extra legal protections to tenants who are unable to pay rent during public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Status: Introduced to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

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