The 2014 Maryland General Assembly session is down to its last 40 hours as of the moment of this writing, and as typically happens, the major issues facing the state of Maryland are being addressed at breakneck speed!
Biggest story over the weekend: marijuana decriminalization has passed both chambers, having passed the house by a 78-55 vote on Saturday. I'm not sure why there were 8 votes not cast on this very important issue. This is the type of thing, like casino gambling, like gun control, that you come down on a side. One way or the other. Except if there are vacancies (and I don't think there are eight), then boo to those people who decided not to take a side.
The Senate has also passed the minimum wage increase to $10.10 by July, 2018. So this legislation goes back to the House for work on changes to the Senate language and then hopefully, passage sometime today or Monday. I would count on this ultimately passing.
So the whole eminent domain thing over the movie tax credits being considered to benefit the producers of the Netflix series "House of Cards"-- in a very Frank Underwood move, the eminent domain push disappeared with but a whimper. A conference committee struck the eminent domain provision out of the state budget, and that budget's going to get approved. That whole thing was cute for about 5 minutes. Then it becaame a waste of time.
The NCAA basketball tournaments are both also down to the wire. UConn and Kentucky is the least interesting final I could have thought of. But it's the one we have. I'm going to go with UConn here, because I freaking hate Kentucky basketball. Ever since the days of Coach Joe B. Hall.
On the women's side, hoping the Maryland makes it past undefeated Notre Dame today as they will likely face UConn on Tuesday night. If Maryland loses today-- then a UConn men's and women's basketball championship sweep would be most sweet!
Right now, I am out the door to walk (yes, walk!) to Columbia Mall and the Santos Starbucks Sixty. Happy WrestleMania Sunday! The 30th edition is tonight.
Today is Army Day! Thanks to all those who served and currently serve.
And let's be careful out there.