Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Gazette

Donald Norris UMBCIn the current legislative session, Maryland Republicans plan to focus on transportation funding, school safety and the budget, writes reporter Daniel Leaderman in the Gazette. Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, doesn’t think they’ll have much success in their efforts.

Norris anticipates, for example, that even with some conservative Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips, those proposals are still likely to pass. In Maryland, Norris says, Republican legislators “have virtually no influence” — a position he describes as “not enviable.” Read the full article online.