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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed 11 members to Maryland's Medical Marijuana Commission.

The governor announced the appointments on Thursday.

The commission has the authority to permit academic research centers to design and implement programs to make marijuana available for medical purposes to defined groups of patients.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Paul Davis, president of Advanced Pain Management Specialists, which has eight locations in Maryland.

The commission is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Sept. 24.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is nearing a vote on a measure that would repeal the state's death penalty.

The committee could vote as soon as Thursday.

Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers in both the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee to ban capital punishment, calling the practice costly and a poor deterrent of violent crime.

The Democrat governor has said that he believes the General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.


Governor Martin O’Malley took to the state capital to testify for his proposals that would ban assault weapons and limit magazine capacities.

The Governor told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, “We choose to take on gun violence because life is precious.”

As the Democrat took the witness stand the National Rifle Association and conservative lawmakers drew hundreds of anti-gun control protests to a raucous rally denouncing the proposals.


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a new labor secretary for Maryland.

O'Malley announced Monday that Leonard Howie will head the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Howie has served as deputy secretary for operations at the Maryland Department of Human Resources since November 2011.

Before that, he spent four and a half years as the labor department's deputy secretary.

Howie is a resident of College Park. He begins his work as the labor department's secretary on Oct. 8. 

Governor Martin O'Malley, Biopic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the nation is not better off than it was four years ago.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

And he blamed Republican policies in appearances Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union." CBS' Bob Schieffer asked O'Malley if he could honestly say people are better off today than four years ago. The Democratic governor said without a doubt the nation is not as well off as before job losses and deficits he blamed on the Republican Bush administration.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and leading lawmakers are set to discuss Maryland's upcoming special legislative session.

The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts.

The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push through an income tax increase that would eliminate the need for the cuts, which would largely affect education and social services.


             AAA Mid-Atlantic says it cannot support Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed 6 percent tax hike on gasoline, unless there is a constitutional amendment that would ensure the increased revenue goes to the needs of the state transportation system.

            The automobile association said that the protections in the bill to prevent the use of these funds for other purposes are too weak, adding that the Trust Fund has already seen borrowing for expenditures unrelated transportation.



        Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to shift million of dollars in teacher pension fund costs to local counties is drawing strong opposition from Eastern Shore legislators and officials. 

        Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a look at the opposition and a proposed compromise. 

        Editors Note: Editorial work for Story from Melany Parlaman.



      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor will consider commuting the sentences of two Maryland inmates serving life in prison for murder.


            Making sex marriage legal in Maryland will take another step today.

            But, expect a major battle over the issue in November.

            Delmarva Public Radio’s Travis McKee has this report:



     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high