Minimum wage debate sends politeness out the MD Capitol windows

By Margaret Sea-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter

Most of the time this session, the Maryland House of Delegates seem has seemed a charmingly amicable group. They have given each other standing ovations to celebrate birthdays at the end of floor sessions, and cheered veterans in unison. They have worked together on bipartisan bills, and joked and bantered during committee hearings.

At a time of sometimes vituperative political division and hostility nationwide, most of the time, the Maryland legislature offers a pleasant contrast: a place where polarization gives way to politeness. Most of the time.

On Wednesday, a bill to raise the minimum wage, HB295, came out of committee, and politeness was, for the most part, thrown out the Tiffany skylights. Seventeen different amendments were introduced and discussed for an hour and 45 minutes.

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