The 2020 Legislative Session ended on March 18th, 19 days earlier than scheduled, in response to the COVID-19 virus. The decision to end early was not made lightly, but with an abundance of caution to protect not only legislators, but also the staff who work so hard to support the legislature. We worked together to finish the most essential of our responsibilities and then adjourned.
I have been in close contact with Governor Hogan and County Executive Alsobrooks and know that the State and County are working hard to help protect our citizens during this difficult time. Click the COVID-19 tab above for resources that my office has compiled for both individuals and businesses. I hope you will find them helpful.
The Maryland Legislature passed two initiatives to help us through the COVID-19 crisis. The first (SB1080) will allow the State to use resources to help cover health care costs, provide needed resources, expand unemployment benefits, and prohibit price gouging. The second (SB1079) allows the Governor to use of up to $50 million in state funds, which, combined with federal resources, will help to cover costs associated with assisting Marylanders and Maryland businesses as we navigate this crisis.
The General Assembly also adopted a balanced budget for the state, as well as other legislation to improve our quality of life.