As the days of the 2013 Maryland General Assembly whittle down to a precious few, the pace often picks up. Thus, after the Governor's gun control passed the House of Delegates on Wednesday, so did it pass the Senate on Thursday. It is certain to get the Governor's signature upon arrival on his desk.
Locally, the Howard County Senate delegation voted as one would expect, with West County Republican voting no and Democrats Ed Kasemeyer and Jim Robey voting yes. In the House of Delegates, it was another story. But a story we have heard before, with the death penalty repeal. New Columbia (and Elkridge, Catonsville, and other places) Jim Malone and Steve Deboy voted against the gun control bill, joinging Republicants Warren Miller and Gail Bates to effect a 4-4 draw among HoCo HoD members.
I'm going to take a pass at the politics of these votes, as I believe the field for Delegate in District 12 is far from settled. And I have had enough experience with Delegates Malone and Deboy to know that they can present rational arguments to oppose these bills that would give any but the most liberal Democrats food for thought at the very least.
Still.... why do I have the feeling that these votes weren't the best idea? Not saying it'll matter electorally necessarily, but certainly, that these votes are a less than cordial introduction between these Delegates and the New City.