OPC's Legislative Work
On April 10th, the Maryland General Assembly concluded its 445th legislative session. Over the course of 90 days, the 188-member body considered more than 2,000 bills—ultimately passing 808 bills and 2 joint resolutions addressing everything from the State budget to tax credits, minimum wage, gun control, public safety, recreational cannabis, legal rights of child sex abuse survivors, elections, abortion, education, and climate.
Among this flurry of legislation, OPC identified and monitored 61 bills—and associated cross-files—with some connection to energy, utilities, or consumer protection. Our office maintained a strong presence in Annapolis, actively advocating on behalf of residential utility customers on 17 distinct bills. All told, OPC provided written testimony 31 times and testified orally 19 times this session.