Eleven Maryland unions and progressive groups are urging the Democrats in the House of Delegates to unite to elect the next Speaker of the House in Annapolis. But Republican want to be heard, too.
In his announcement, Gov. Larry Hogan said, “It is my solemn duty to call a special session of the General Assembly in order to elect a successor to Speaker Busch.” Michael Busch, the longest-serving speaker in Maryland history, died April 7 after being treated for pneumonia. He was 72 years old.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday signed an executive order calling for the General Assembly to convene May 1 for the special session.
The funeral for Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch took place Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland. See photos.
Exactly one week after the Maryland General Assembly session ended, the casket bearing the late state House Speaker Michael Busch was brought into the Maryland State House to lie in state. See photos.
Public visitation is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Monday in Annapolis. It will continue until 7 p.m. Monday. Public visitation will resume Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Maryland’s deputy state archivist says late speaker Michael Busch had a close connection to the building where he served as a delegate for 32 years and as speaker for 16 years — and where he will lie in state next week.
The late speaker’s body will lie in state in the rotunda of the Maryland State House from Monday and Tuesday next week. See when members of the public are welcome for visitation.
The 439th Maryland General Assembly closed on a somber note Monday following the death a day earlier of House Speaker Michael E. Busch. But not before legislators pushed through hundreds of additional votes, including final approvals of Busch priorities.
While the House made no formal announcement about a succession vote before adjourning at midnight Monday, several delegates said they expect to be called back on April 18, April 25 or May 1 – with the latter date the likeliest.
The 439th General Assembly adjourned a joint session in a moment of silence at midnight Monday night, and the only sound at the moment of Sine Die was the rustling of garbage bags as student pages dropped balloons on the House chamber floor.
The Maryland General Assembly is entering the last day of its legislative session, with lawmakers grieving the loss of longtime House Speaker Michael Busch.
“Speaker Busch was a champion for the bay, environmental issues and many social issues throughout the state of Maryland,” said Alison Prost, Maryland executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state’s history, has died at 72, according to his chief of staff.
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says that while he hopes to be back before the legislative session ends next week at midnight Monday, Busch says “doctors have advised caution during my recovery.”
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