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O’Malley to sign bills

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley will be signing measures with an eye toward creating jobs.

The governor is holding his first bill signing Tuesday morning, hours after the General Assembly adjourned at midnight.

O’Malley, a Democrat, is scheduled to sign a bill to facilitate public-private partnerships. It will create a streamlined process for the private sector to take part in building public roads or buildings. State estimates have projected additional public-private partnerships could contribute up to 6 to 10 percent of Maryland’s $3.1 billion annual capital budget and create as many as 4,000 new jobs.

O’Malley also is scheduled to sign a bill to help develop offshore wind.

Other major bills approved by the Legislature will be signed later. They include a sweeping gun-control bill and a repeal of capital punishment.

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