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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers want to change the state constitution to require money raised by the state's casinos for education to enhance schools funding above the amount set by state formulas.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced plans for legislation Tuesday. They were joined by educators from the Maryland State Education Association and dozens of Democrats, who control the General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says it's time to pass legislation to stop disputes over appointments to important posts.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Monday lawmakers "shouldn't have to do that, but that's what we're going to do."

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and a Senate committee have been at loggerheads over some of Hogan's appointments, including a past nominee to head the health department. The governor pulled his nomination before the panel acted and then reappointed him after the legislature adjourned.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leaders in Maryland's General Assembly are scheduled to make an announcement on school funding.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller will join educators from the Maryland State Education Association on Tuesday for the announcement in Annapolis.

Sen. Joan Conway, who leads the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, and Del. Maggie McIntosh, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, are scheduled to attend.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats in charge of Maryland's legislature are telling President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Washington that "enough is enough."

They urged them Wednesday to reach a budget agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown.

In a letter Wednesday, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said they were speaking "on behalf of a state that is exhausted from being whipsawed by the inaction in Washington, D.C."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland senators have publicly argued over a decision by the legislature's top leaders to skip the governor's breakfast on the state's budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Wednesday in the Senate that leading Democrats didn't feel they needed to attend, because Gov. Larry Hogan already briefed certain people and announced highlights at a news conference Tuesday.

Republican Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, says the state has big issues before it and "not having some people there made it a little tougher."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are bracing for a challenging session wrestling with changes in tax and health care law in Washington.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, told senators Wednesday on the first day of the General Assembly's 90-day session that lawmakers will need to come up with equitable solutions to "these very weighty issues that have been passed down from the federal government."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate President says he regrets that his remarks about the late Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney became a distraction.

The Washington Post reports that a dozen African American ministers and community activists gathered in Prince George's County Monday to condemn Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.'s defense of the author of the Dred Scott decision. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator wants the chamber to censure Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller over remarks about Roger Taney.

A monument to the late U.S. Supreme Court justice, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans, was removed Friday from the Maryland State House grounds in Annapolis.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two top Maryland lawmakers say they support expanding the state's medical marijuana industry next year to increase participation by minority-owned businesses.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch wrote in a July letter that they support passage of "emergency legislation" in the legislative session that begins in January.

Currently, 15 growers are allowed, and but none is a black-led company. A bill designed to bolster diversity ownership failed to pass in the closing moments of this year's legislative session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A package of measures in Maryland to battle opioid overdoses are scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor has a bill signing ceremony scheduled Thursday with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

One measure is called the HOPE Act. It requires hospitals to set a new protocol for discharging patients treated for substance abuse disorders. It also increases access to the overdose-reversal drug known as naloxone. The bill also provides added funding for community behavioral health providers.

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