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Short on time, General Assembly has weekend session

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers are holding an unusual weekend session to catch up.

Both the House of Delegates and Senate are scheduled to work on Saturday, two days before scheduled adjournment at midnight Monday.

A panel of House and Senate negotiators has yet to move a package of budget measures back to the chambers for a final vote. The panel is working to reconcile differences between the bills passed by the two chambers.

Usually, they would have done that by now. This year has been more difficult, because of differing approaches to a proposed income tax increase.

Plenty of other work remains to be done. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind measure has yet to pass both chambers. His proposal to double the “flush tax” on sewer bills also hasn’t cleared both houses.

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