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Buckel: Upcoming Session Not Likely to be Notably Productive

December 28th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

In a little more than two weeks, the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session in Annapolis will get underway, but members of the western Maryland delegation are expecting a greatly reduced level of output due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, they say it will be a session like no other in history. The General Assembly will convene Jan. 13 and run through mid-April. However much of the work likely will be conducted virtually. Sessions will be limited to two hours in Annapolis. To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, plexiglass has been erected around desks while being placed as dividers throughout much of the House and Senate.  Lawmakers will be in adjacent chambers or working remotely. Testimony from the public and lobbyists will be kept to a minimum and many days will have lawmakers working from home. Despite the challenges, many lawmakers are hopeful the 90 day session will be a productive one. Delegate Jason Buckel isn't one of them….