An energetic Maryland General Assembly greeted Governor Martin O'Malley for the first day of the session.
"Nobody wants to irritate somebody, so you don't put things in that are going to be controversial. You won't see too many of those bills this year," says Senator George Edwards.
The General Assembly is expected to consider legalizing marijuana.
"I think we could save a lot of money on jails and police forces if we regulate it and taxed it," says Senator Ron Young.
"Marijuana does lead to heavier kinds of drugs if you use it on a regular kind of basis. A lot of people move into heavier kinds of drugs, crack cocaine, heroin, those kinds of things," adds Senator Edwards.
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"That's less than $1,300 a month and most places after deductions, you can't rent anything more than a hole in the wall," adds Senator Young.
Senator Brinkley says he will be opposing the minimum wage increase. Instead, he believes the issue should come at the federal level so there is uniformity.