reporting from Maryland
The dream bill, which included leasing optical scan for the fall, passed the House unanimously. The Governor changed positions and supported a paper ballot, backing up that support with a funding request. Then the legislation moved to the “friendly” Senate, where it languished, never to move to a floor vote before the session ended.
What happened? We cannot say for certain but here are some facts that can be assembled a number of ways, depending on one’s degree of cynicism.