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Maryland senators discuss bipartisan legislation

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland senators from both parties want residents to know they can agree on some things.

Democrats and Republicans outlined several measures on Thursday that have bipartisan support.

One of them is a measure to help protect family farms. The bill would exempt up to $5 million in qualified agricultural property from the Maryland estate tax.

Another measure seeks to ensure that social studies is taught in schools as a core content area and not marginalized at each level of public school.

The senators also want to extend a scholarship for veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There is also bipartisan support for a tax credit to offset the cost of obtaining a security clearance for high-level work, and a bill to protect children from identity theft.

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