The Maryland Senate is set to vote on the state's lottery director, more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him.
The Senate is expected to vote tonight on the appointment of Gordon Medenica.
Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. He was the director of the New York Lottery from 2007 to 2012. But others have raised questions about possible conflicts of interest and his commitment to minority business participation goals. That could lead to a contentious debate.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is opposing the nomination.
The Hogan administration says the lottery has broken records across the board under Medenica's stewardship. The administration cites a record $1.08 billion the lottery has raised for the state's general fund, education and other causes.
State lawmakers converge in Annapolis each year for their annual 90-day General Assembly session. Sometimes the days fly by, while at other times the session can seem to drag in an endless rotation of floor sessions and committee hearings.
Everyone does their work with an eye on the calendar: How many days are left? Is there enough time for a certain bill to pass? Many staffers even have calendars that count down the days left in the session.
Friday was Day 45 of 90.
I'm passing the time with a photo project, posting on a fresh picture for each day that I work on Instagram and Twitter. I include a notation of which day it is during the session, and sometimes a short caption. I take each picture fresh each day, so I can often be found wandering the State House complex in the morning in search of a unique picture.
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