House of Delegates convenes at 10 a.m. Senate convenes at 10 a.m. Hearings of interest:
The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee conducts a hearing on legislation (SB 8) that would offer a 15 percent business income tax break to bars and nightclubs that voluntarily prohibit smoking. The hearing takes place at 2 p.m. in Room 3 West in the Miller Senate Office Building.
Several committees meet to discuss the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act, which would provide $25 million yearly in state funds for embryonic stem cell research. The House Health and Government Operations and Appropriations committees hold a joint hearing at 11 a.m. in the Joint Hearing Room in the Legislative Services Building, and also hear testimony on an alternative bill that would limit funding to adult stem cell research. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee discusses the research act at 3 p.m. in Room 2 West of the Miller building.