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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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Maryland lawmakers convene to open session

ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says a proposal to raise about $200 million by raising taxes on alcohol in Maryland is “insanity personified.” Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, spoke on the Marc Steiner ...

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Maryland readies for federal health reform

Although the bulk of federal health care reform is still a few years from being implemented and is even under assault in court, Maryland legislators will start drafting the framework for it this session. “Some legislation is going to need ...

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Maryland’s budget woes will dominate 2011 legislative session (access required)

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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Developers fear increases in taxes, fees

When lawmakers convene in Annapolis next week, developers around the state will tighten the grip on their wallets. As the state’s budget woes continue and an expensive plan with a 10-year timetable for new federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements to ...

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