December 15, 2009
Dear MSBA Member:
I am pleased to present both a summary of the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) legislative action during the 2009 General Assembly session and the 2010 MSBA Legislative Preview.
During the 2009 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, the MSBA supported the Governor’s effort to repeal the death penalty, backed the Judicial Compensation Commission’s recommendations for increases in judicial salaries, assisted in reversing a proposed cut in funding to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and continued the fight against taxation of legal services.
The purpose of the 2010 Legislative Preview is to provide you with information about those issues which may arise during the legislative session, which directly affect Maryland’s legal community. The MSBA anticipates that during the 2010 Legislative Session approximately 2,700 bills will be introduced. Many of those bills will either directly or indirectly impact the practice of law in Maryland, our judges or our legal system as a whole. In order to express our opinion and make certain our voice is heard, the MSBA Board of Governors will review all pertinent legislation, adopt positions on issues of particular importance to the legal community and convey those positions to the members of the General Assembly. The Board of Governors is assisted in this process by the MSBA Committee on Laws, our Director of Legislative Relations, and by input from the MSBA’s Sections and Committees.
I certainly hope that this Legislative Preview will supply you with the information you need to begin following the MSBA’s efforts on your behalf during the 2010 Session. Your Board of Governors and I invite you to be involved in those issues which are of interest to you and your clients. Through the MSBA’s Sections and Committees, or directly, your voice will be heard.
Should you have any questions concerning general legislative issues, or need additional information on the MSBA legislative program, please contact your representative on the Board of Governors (www.msba.org) or our Legislative Director, Richard Montgomery. Richard may be reached at (410) 269-6464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas C. Cardaro