Maryland Legislative Session Opens

Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, MD Government Affairs (GAO)

An intense 90-day legislative session opened January 11 with Governor Larry Hogan pledging to operate in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation, as did Senate President Mike Miller.  Speaker of the House Michael Busch did not, promising instead to press forward with a Democratic agenda.  Mandatory paid sick leave and addressing a huge budget shortfall are expected to be the biggest topics of 2017.

New Delaware Governor and Lieutenant Governor Sworn In

Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, DE Government Affairs (GAO)

The 2017 legislative session opened January 10 and a newly-elected governor and lieutenant governor were sworn in on January 17.  Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long are expected to focus on the state’s financial situation and a large budget shortfall this year.  Director of Delaware Pediatric Visits (DP) Mandy Brady and I attended Carney and Hall-Long’s inauguration celebration on Tuesday evening.

Photo: Mandy Brandy and Shannon Gahs at Tuesday’s inauguration

Home Visit with State MD Senator Gail Bates

Submitted by Shannon Gahs, Associate Director, MD Government Affairs (GAO)

On Wednesday, State Senator Gail Bates, who represents portions of Howard and Carroll Counties, joined Area Director David Pareja (BWV) on a home visit to meet a physical therapy client.  They discussed the many types of services that can be provided in home and community based settings, the differences between home-based care and facility-based care, as well as current issues facing our practices in Maryland.