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Week in review: 10/14/11

More offshore wind leases?

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday in Baltimore that his administration is working on an offshore wind energy bill after one that would have required utilities to enter into long-term contracts was shelved during the last legislative session. The nation’s second offshore wind power lease could be issued within weeks, and more could follow, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

Gas tax could rise 15 cents

Maryland’s gasoline tax would rise 15 cents under a plan being considered by a state commission that is seeking a way to boost transportation revenue. The proposal also would increase vehicle registration fees, the titling tax on new and used cars, and transit fares, and double the cost of emission inspections to $28.

Md. project funds sought

The Greater Baltimore Committee will seek state funds next year to advance the downtown convention center and arena proposal if a Maryland Stadium Authority study supports the plan.

Constellation’s rebuttal

Constellation Energy Group and Exelon Corp. told the Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday that they are happy with most of the details of their proposed $7.9 billion merger despite concerns that have been raised.

UB pledges more to law school

The University of Baltimore has pledged to increase its law school’s budget by $5 million over the next five years, following a study of the financial relationships between several law schools and their universities.

Drug companies pay out less

The amount of money paid by pharmaceutical firms to physicians and other health professionals to speak about their products seems to be slowing, but a look at 12 companies that disclose those figures shows it still amounts to millions of dollars in Maryland.

Ex-state worker claims bias

A former Maryland Department of Human Resources staff member has filed suit, claiming she did not receive promised pay raises and was paid less than her white male counterparts despite receiving positive performance reviews.

Lawyer admits selling babies

A Rockville adoption and surrogacy lawyer who admitted she was involved in an illegal baby-selling ring has been disbarred by consent.

Court orders disbarment

A title attorney was disbarred, effective immediately, just hours after the Court of Appeals heard allegations that he committed fraud in a failed property transaction and took thousands of dollars from a company he partially owned.

No jobs legislation

Gov. Martin O’Malley will not introduce job-creation legislation next week when the General Assembly meets for a special session on congressional redistricting, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Fees preferred to gas tax

According to a study conducted by mail by Morgan State University professors, residents say they would rather pay higher inspection fees, charge more for licensing vehicles that get low fuel mileage fees, and have general obligation bond money used, than to raise the gas tax or institute driver user fees based on miles driven as ways to finance road improvements.