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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to change how the state makes spending decisions about school construction.

The House voted 90-48 for the override Thursday. The Senate voted 29-15, the minimum needed for the required three-fifths vote.

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There's legislation moving through the Maryland State Legislature that would move responsibility for overseeing school construction funding from the Board of Public Work to a commission appointed by the governor and top legislative leaders. Governor Larry Hogan who is a member of the Board has threatened to veto the measure. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Comptroller Peter Franchot who also sits on the Board and is a sharp critic of the legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a measure to change how school-construction funding decisions are made.

The Senate voted 29-14 Thursday for the bill, which Gov. Larry Hogan has pledged to veto. The House passed the bill earlier this week 92-48.

The measure carried both chambers with enough votes to override a veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a $2.4 million contract to enable people to request emergency help with text messages to 911.

The Board of Public Works approved the contract on Wednesday.

A text to 911 would support 160 characters, but not photos or video.

Frederick County was chosen for a 2015 pilot program for 911 text messages because it is the location for the Maryland School for the Deaf. The contract approved Wednesday will extend the service to the rest of the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a large contract for the lottery's central monitoring and control system.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for the contract, which could run as high as $341 million over 11 years. Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for the contract for Scientific Games International. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists opposed to President Donald Trump are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand against his policies.

Three women interrupted the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday to ask why the Republican governor wasn't speaking out against Trump.

In video recorded by a Baltimore Sun reporter, Samantha Easton asked Hogan "to speak up against the current administration's agenda." She specifically noted concerns about repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Frostburg State University

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Frostburg State University says it will work to raise awareness of risks to student-athletes as part of a $50,000 state settlement in the 2011 death of a school football player.

The university says in a statement that the Board of Public Works approved the deal Wednesday with Derek Sheely's family.

The family is also in settlement talks with the NCAA. The family's $1.6 million wrongful death lawsuit is on hold while they negotiate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland will be holding a bond sale.

The sale is scheduled for Wednesday in Annapolis during the state's Board of Public Works meeting.

During the competitive sale, bids will be transmitted electronically by underwriting syndicates.

The winning bid will be ratified at the meeting. Final pricing is incorporated in the bond purchasing agreement, which must be approved by the board, which is made up of Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is supporting a measure to live stream and archive video of General Assembly floor and voting sessions.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford expressed support for the bill Wednesday at the Board of Public Works. The board live streams its meetings at an annual cost of between $3,000 and $3,500.

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