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Md. legislative session begins with search for answers, money

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s General Assembly eased into its 2011 session Wednesday with cheerful pomp, hugs and handshakes overshadowed by the towering issues lawmakers will deal with over the next 89 days. Gov. Martin O’Malley and the leaders of both legislative ...

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Looming power shortages demand attention

While recent General Assembly sessions have seen efforts to overturn the 1999 decision to deregulate the electric industry, legislators will address predictions this year that Maryland could experience electricity supply shortages in the future. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas M. ...

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Maryland’s budget woes will dominate 2011 legislative session

Maryland’s budget woes will dominate the 2011 legislative session as lawmakers seek to bridge a $1.6 billion deficit without the federal safety net that eased the state’s fiscal pain in recent years. Gov. Martin O’Malley has vowed to avoid tax ...

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Death penalty, gay marriage issues are back for Maryland lawmakers

Fresh from November’s election, Maryland lawmakers will consider two hot-button legal issues during the 2011 General Assembly session. Bills to permit same-sex marriage and repeal the death penalty will be introduced early in the 90-day term, and supporters say the ...

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