U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, left, Delmar Councilman Thomas 'Bunky' Luffman jr. and Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt speak inside the state house just before the beginning of the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
Maryland's General Assembly has convened for its 2013 legislative session. With formalities, pomp and circumstance behind us, the real work of the state government has begun.
Some weighty issues will be explored during the 90-day session. Some are of fairly universal concern, particularly budgetary and financial issues, elimination of the state's structural budget deficit, school construction and a possible gasoline tax increase. Others are hot-button issues including the death penalty, speed cameras, wind power and fracking.
Then there's gun control, which will most certainly ...