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Md. House committees reshuffled as ethics questions arise

Mar 06, 2023

A muted mid-session reshuffling of two Maryland House of Delegates committees last week raised questions about a potential conflict of interest involving an Anne Arundel County Democrat and her legal work on behalf of a church-affiliated nonprofit that has recently received state funding.

Del. Shaneka Henson (D-Anne Arundel) was moved off the House Appropriations Committee last Friday and replaced with Del. Dana Jones (D-Anne Arundel). Henson was re-assigned to Jones’ seat on the Ways and Means Committee. Both represent District 30A.

The announcement was made on the floor by House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) at the same time as the committee assignment for a newly sworn-in delegate. In a subsequent press release announcing the new lawmaker, the Henson and Jones committee flip-flop was omitted.

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