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Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, D-Baltimore County. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

Miller could announce leadership decisions today

Three key positions including the new chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in the state Senate could be filled later today by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

“We’re close to making an announcement,’ Miller said in an interview Tuesday and said decisions on leadership positions could be made public as soon as today.

Included in those positions are naming a successor to Sen. Brian Frosh, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee who will soon be sworn in as the nest attorney general, as well as naming a new majority leader and vice chairman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Baltimore County state Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin remains the frontrunner to replace Frosh.

Sen. Nancy J. King, D-Montgomery, could be moved from the Budget and Taxation Committee to serve as vice chair of the Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, replacing Sen. Roy Dyson, who lost his re-election bid last month.

Finally, Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, D-Baltimore City, is considered the favorite to succeed retired Howard County Sen. James N. Robey as majority leader.

The announcements come nearly two weeks after House Speaker Michael E. Busch announced key changes to his leadership team including naming Del. Maggie McIntosh chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Miller said additional time was needed in order to have discussions with various internal groups who are jockeying for positions.

“There’s certain people that won’t give up,” Miller said. “Certain persons that won’t move unless they have something.”

In this case, Miller’s dilemma might have less to do with individuals and more to do with jurisdictions such as Montgomery County. The delegation from Maryland’s most populous county was said to not be happy about losing Frosh as chair and not replacing him with another senator from that county, namely Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin.