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Maryland Delegates John Bohanan, Anthony O’Donnell, and John Wood Discuss 2010 Maryland Legislative Outcomes April 26

April 21, 2010
Press Release #10-100


St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) will host the 2010 Maryland Legislative Wrap-up with Maryland Delegates John Bohanan, Anthony O'Donnell, and John Wood Monday, April 26, from 3:30-5 p.m.  The discussion is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Public Policy program at the college.  The Wrap-up will take place in the Glendening Annex, adjacent to Glendening Hall, and will provide an opportunity for SMCM students and community members to hear directly from legislators about the highlights of the 2009-10 Maryland legislative session.  The panel discussion will be followed by a brief question and answer period. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Alicia Lyons at 240-895-6432 or

The 2010 legislative session passed a total of 810 bills this year.  One bill, which will affect many, will ban hand-held cell phone use while driving.  Another will give 16-year-olds the ability to register to vote, although actual voting would still take place at 18.  Penalties for child sex offenders will increase, as well as penalties for gangs.  Teachers will not receive tenure for three years after the start of their employment, and student performance will also be taken into consideration.  Also, mediators will be available to families who have had their home foreclosed.

The Center for the Study of Democracy is a joint initiative of St. Mary's College of Maryland and its affiliated institution, Historic St. Mary's City. It explores contemporary and historical issues associated with democracy and liberty in national and international contexts. The center provides a forum for presentations by government officials, journalists and scholars; publishes scholarly writing on subjects of civil governance; encourages and supports public participation in political processes; and engages undergraduate studies in study and research on related subjects.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.