|Maryland Senate President Mike Miller’s recent announcement that he will step down from the leadership position he held for 33 years marks a seismic change for the chamber.
Though Miller intends to remain a senator, his absence at the dais will be felt in Annapolis. Our field, in particular, has a true friend in the Senate president. He has been a consistent and vocal advocate for health care and hospitals and a strong supporter of our unique health care payment system.
Miller’s decision to step down also means the 2020 legislative session will be the first in decades with two new leaders holding gavels. Sen. Bill Ferguson of Baltimore—current vice chairman of the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee—earned the unanimous support of Democrats to succeed Miller.
Ferguson will join newly elected House Speaker Adrienne Jones, who succeeded longtime Speaker Mike Busch following his death earlier this year.
MHA has worked well with Speaker Jones and President-elect Ferguson in their previous roles. We look forward to a continued good relationship as we head into what we know will be a consequential session.
With new presiding officers, some changes to committee assignments, including chairs, will be forthcoming. Plus, there are new political dynamics as we head into 2020.
The MHA team is preparing for these changes. We are working in concert with your government relations professionals and other leaders to ensure that the hospital field gets the best possible outcome.