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BALTIMORE (AP) - A shark fin bill passed by Maryland lawmakers is drawing support from fishing and conservation interests.

Environmental groups have long pushed for shark fin bans, noting shark populations are being decimated by the practice of finning in which live sharks are left to die after having their fins cut off for the lucrative trade in the Asian delicacy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is casting the recently announced corruption case in a Baltimore jail in a positive light by saying it represents a strong step toward fighting gang crime.

O'Malley described it Tuesday as "a very positive achievement" in the state's fight to dismantle gangs.

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a rising star in Democratic politics, said Wednesday that he is considering making a run for the White House in 2016 and will likely make a decision later this year.

O'Malley, in Jerusalem on a Mideast tour, said he was still undecided but intends to dedicate "reflection time" on whether to seek the Democratic nomination.

"I plan for the latter half of this year to dedicate some more thought time - reflection time - to the question of whether or not I would run in 2016," O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, told reporters.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland has signed a new agreement that establishes the school's first formal reciprocal student exchange program with the University of Jordan.

The agreement was signed on Monday during a visit to Jordan by Gov. Martin O'Malley and University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

Officials say that Maryland is the second largest U.S. import market by volume for Jordan, and that Jordan is the 63rd largest export market for Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's office has announced a new Maryland-Israeli advisory board.

The governor's office announced the new board on Sunday as O'Malley arrived in Israel on an economic development mission. O'Malley's office says the board will work to develop business opportunities that will benefit both Maryland and Israel. Board members are business, scientific and civic leaders from Maryland and Israel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A cybersecurity conference is being held in Baltimore to discuss commercial developments in the field.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden are scheduled to speak at the event on Monday. Hayden is a former National Security Agency director. He also is a principal at The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm that provides consulting, business development and merger acquisition advisory services for clients in the security and government services industries.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says the Senate is planning to get to work on a gun-control measure.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the Senate would hold two sessions Thursday in order to take up the bill.

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill more than a month ago. The House of Delegates passed it with some changes Wednesday. The Senate still needs to concur with those changes to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith visited state lawmakers in Annapolis, and he brought the Lombardi Trophy along.

Smith appeared Thursday with team president Dick Cass in the state Senate and the House of Delegates.

The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in last month's Super Bowl to win the Lombardi Trophy.

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is poised to vote on a measure to raise taxes on gasoline in the state for the first time in more than two decades.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. A majority vote would send the legislation to the Senate.

The House has made some changes to the proposal made by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month. The measure would still raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but more gradually than under the governor’s plan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a transportation funding measure.

The House is set to take up amendments on Wednesday to the bill, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new revenue for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A House committee already has made changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a sales tax on gasoline over a longer period of time.

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In Annapolis the General Assembly has finally handed Governor Martin O’Malley a victory in his search to bring the wind industry to Maryland.

The House of Delegates approved a Senate version of the legislation on a final vote of 88-to-48.

It now goes to Governor Martin O’Malley for his signature.

Supporters say it will help diversify the state’s sources of clean and renewable energy.

The measure would require electricity suppliers to produce at least 2.5 percent of their power from offshore wind by 2017.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A House panel has approved Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to raise new revenue for transportation projects with some changes when various increases will take effect.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-4 on Monday for the bill.

It's estimated the measure will raise roughly the same amount of money as O'Malley's initial proposal, but it is being phased in more gradually in the opening years.

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Maryland’s former Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is set to be named Secretary of Labor by President Obama.

Perez is currently in the civil rights division of the Justice Department and would replace Hilda Solis.

He would also satisfy pressure from the Hispanic community to put more Latinos into administration positions.

The 51-year old Perez has been popular within the labor movement.

Some Democrats are hoping that he will signal a renewed push for an increase in the minimum.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland business leaders are speaking out in support of new revenues for transportation projects.

Several will be expressing their support in Annapolis Friday, the same day lawmakers will hold a hearing on a bill backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Don Fry, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, is scheduled to attend. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, is scheduled to speak.

The plan would apply a new 2 percent sales tax on gasoline starting in July. It would increase to 4 percent in July 2014.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is poised to become the 18th state in the nation to abolish the death penalty.

A death penalty repeal bill has already passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates on Friday.

Supporters of the repeal argue that capital punishment is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. Opponents say it's a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand.

The House passed the bill 115 to 23 on Tuesday. The Senate already has approved the measure.

It makes $2.5 million available for the Employment Advancement Now Initiative. The program will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, colleges and local governments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.

And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.

Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the Legislature's top lawmakers to talk about transportation funding issues.

The governor met Thursday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, and House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

O'Malley says they're still searching for a consensus on how to raise money to address a backlog of transportation projects.

Matt Gallagher, O'Malley's chief of staff, says the discussion was constructive, and discussions are still ongoing.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O'Malley co-chair of the Council of Governors.

The announcement was made Monday.

The council includes 10 governors, including five Democrats and five Republicans. It brings together governors and federal officials to address issues relating to the National Guard and homeland security.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was first appointed to the Council in 2010. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, is the co-chair of the council.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia say they agree that huge, automatic federal budget cuts set to begin this week need to be avoided.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his Virginia counterpart, Republican Bob McDonnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

The $85 billion in cuts that are scheduled to begin taking effect Friday would have a big impact on Maryland and Virginia due to proximity to the nation's capital.

O'Malley says they are job-killing cuts, and the country can't cut its way to prosperity.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Republicans are scheduled to talk about why they don't think the state should raise the gas tax.

Members of the GOP caucus have set a Tuesday morning news conference in Annapolis.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley last week expressed confidence that the Democratic-controlled House and Senate will reach a consensus on a new revenue plan for transportation.

O'Malley proposed phasing in a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline last year, but the idea stalled amid high gas prices.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to pass a measure that would repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

The Democratic governor and death penalty opponent denounced the practice of capital punishment during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, calling it inaccurate, costly, racially biased and ineffective in deterring violent criminals.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley told members of a reformulated state Senate committee that an offshore wind bill he is promoting for a third straight year could create hundreds of jobs.

O'Malley appeared Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee that has twice failed to pass the key part of his environmental agenda.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will testify in Annapolis on a measure to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

O'Malley is scheduled to speak Thursday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

The Democratic governor, who opposes capital punishment, pushed for repeal in 2009 and fell short.

O'Malley says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to ban capital punishment this session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to testify before a state Senate committee about a key part of his environmental agenda, an offshore wind energy bill that the panel has twice failed to pass.

The governor is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee. The senate's president has moved a member of committee to another panel in order to get the votes needed to move the measure to the full Senate, where it has enough sponsors to pass this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is highlighting some initiatives he hopes will spur job growth.

The governor on Thursday outlined plans to help people get training for jobs that are in high demand. O'Malley has put $2.5 million in his budget proposal to create a competitive grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand. He's calling it the Employment Advancement Now Initiative.

He's also backing a measure to speed up the professional licensing process for military families who move to Maryland from other states.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fracking opponents plan to be in Annapolis for the introduction of a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to introduce the bill on Thursday. Opponents of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing plan to join her at a news conference.

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