The Maryland Senate gave unanimous approval Monday night to two nominees to a new statewide commission that regulates alcohol and tobacco.
Votes on the two nominees — Eric J. Morrissette and Barbara A. Wahl — had been postponed Friday by Sen. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Montgomery).
Kramer said last week he asked for the short delay to learn more about the nominees to the newly formed Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the creation of a bill he sponsored in 2019 to remove regulatory authority over alcohol from the comptroller’s office.
On Monday, Kramer said he’d researched the candidates and they were well qualified for the panel.
But Kramer also warned that the commission could take on greater importance in coming years if the state legalizes marijuana and shifts oversight of that drug to the panel as well. Kramer noted that there remains one vacancy on the panel.
“I hope that the governor ensures that whomever the governor appoints will be extremely well qualified to take on the important duties of this new commission because it has an exceedingly important role to play,” he said.
The nominees were approved without further discussion or debate.