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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $44.5 billion budget after some debate over how the state will pay to improve school safety.

The House voted 125-12 in favor of the budget Thursday. The debate came two days after a school shooting in St. Mary's County.

A panel of negotiators will now work out differences in bills passed by the House and Senate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Democratic tidal wave in Virginia on Election Day three weeks ago has left chaos in its wake, with control of the House of Delegates still far from being decided.

The Republicans went from a commanding majority to an apparent 51-49 lead, with GOP candidates clinging to razor-thin leads in three districts. In one of those races, where the Republican is ahead by just 82 votes, an apparent error by a recently deceased registrar led to 147 voters casting their ballots in the wrong district.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - This week's groundswell of political change in Virginia has improved the odds of Medicaid expansion becoming law there. The long-stalled liberal priority gained new life after Democrats nearly wiped out Republicans' overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates.

It had repeatedly failed when Republicans controlled two-thirds of the chamber.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Transgender woman Danica Roem (rohm), whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women who made history in this week's Virginia elections.

The state House is also getting its first Latina members, its first Asian-American woman delegate and likely its first openly lesbian member.

Altogether, at least 10 new Democratic women will be joining the House, and that number could tick up as races that were too close to call Wednesday go through recounts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the state's $43.5 billion budget.
    
The House voted 135-6 for the measure Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.
    
The House also voted 112-29 for a companion bill that is working in tandem with the budget legislation to balance the state's books.
    
The measures passed with little debate, but lawmakers have expressed concerns about how changes in the federal government could affect the state's workforce and budget.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland workers could earn up to seven paid sick days a year, under a measure approved by the House of Delegates.

The House voted 84-54 on Tuesday for the bill.

Workers could earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work, up to seven full sick days a year. The House bill would apply to workers at companies with at least 15 employees.

Maryland law does not require private-sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave.

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The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that allows felons to vote while they complete parole or probation.

The key vote came from Democrat Craig Zucker who voted for the override first as a Delegate and then as a state Senator after his appointment.

The Senate vote was 29 to 16.

A similar bill now goes back to the House of Delegates where a second override effort will take place without his vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell is set to announce his candidacy for Virginia attorney general.
 
Bell is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to make the announcement, which has been widely expected.
 
Bell represents an area just outside Charlottesville and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001. A former prosecutor who now works in private practice, Bell unsuccessfully pursued the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2013.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats have picked up one seat in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

Unofficial results on election night showed that Democratic Delegate Kathleen Murphy was leading the race for the House District 34 seat by fewer than 200 votes. But the race remained too close to call Tuesday evening.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state's legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed its notice of appeal Monday.

Last week a panel of federal judges rejected the allegations that the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

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