ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s annual legislative session is starting Wednesday.
The first day of the 90-day session will include a vote for the Senate’s first new presiding officer in more than three decades.
Sen. Bill Ferguson is expected to be elected Senate president by the chamber’s 47 senators.
The Baltimore Democrat will succeed Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, who is stepping down from the leadership post due to illness, but he will keep his seat.
In the House, the chamber’s 141 members are expected to re-elect House Speaker Adrienne Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat. This will be her first legislative session as House speaker. She was elected in a one-day special session in May.
Education is expected to be a top issue in