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Eastern Shore of Md. Lawmakers Enter Last Day of Session Shocked With Speaker Busch Death

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After the passing of long time speaker Michael Busch, Eastern Shore lawmakers say you could feel the sorrow on the house floor going into the last day of session. 

"It's a somber moment walking on the house floor and very emotional for everyone," Del. Chris Adams said. 

Busch's sudden passing came after a battle with pneumonia.  Busch, 72, was first elected in 1986 and served as the speaker since 2003.

Wicomico County Del. Carl Anderton describes Busch as a bipartisan advocate. 

"He always told me to do the best I could for the people that sent me here. And I keep that in my mind all the time with every bill that's on the floor," Anderton said.

But sometimes, some lawmakers say, they didn't always agree with his politics.

"Unfortunately, I'm going to have a bad memory of him sponsoring the sanctuary bill," Del. Charles Otto said. 

Especially with Busch's death falling on the day before the last day of the 2019 session, Del. Johnny Mautz says it left many with a heavy heart. 

"His passing is going to have an impact on everything that happens today. It's never expected, but this was not totally unexpected with the illnesses that he's had," Mautz said. 

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes says it is still unclear how Busch's position will be filled moving forward, but a decision of some kind was expected to be determined on Monday night. 

"Certainly questions are on the table of who will move us forward, as far as filling that roll and I know that that is still to be determined. And there has certainly been conversations of a special session and looking to fill the position," Sample-Hughes said. 

Anderton added that the proper procedure for this type of unprecedented situation was being researched on Monday.  The House had already scheduled a time of remembrance for Speaker Busch at 11:30 p.m. to close out the 2019 session. 

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