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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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney has joined 11 other governors in writing a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change.

Carney says the effects of climate change are already taking a toll on Delawareans, and that as a low-lying coastal state, Delaware is vulnerable to damage from sea level rise, stronger storm surges, and routine flooding.

Carney says the threats will only increase without a concerted effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has been deposed in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's 2011 redistricting process.
Michael Kimberly, an attorney representing a plaintiff in the case, said O'Malley was deposed Wednesday. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael Busch also were deposed recently. All are Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have approved a measure tightening state ethics laws.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who proposed the bill, praised the legislature on Saturday for working in a bipartisan fashion. The Republican governor says he looks forward to signing the bill.

The measure increases financial disclosure requirements for state elected officials, state public officials and lobbyists. It also expands the definition of a conflict of interest.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats in the state legislature will be talking about how proposed cuts in the federal budget could affect the state.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller are scheduled to gather with fellow Democrats on Thursday in Annapolis.

Maryland lawmakers have been particularly concerned about how President Donald Trump's budget proposal could hurt the state.

Maryland is home to a large number of federal workers, and federal agencies are headquartered in the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has rejected Gov. Larry Hogan's nominee to head the Maryland Department of Planning.

The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 11-6 Monday against the appointment of Wendi Peters.

Democrats who control the panel say they felt she was unqualified for the Cabinet post. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Maryland are scheduled to discuss some of their legislative priorities for this session.

Members of the Senate and House Democratic caucuses will talk about a package of legislative initiatives on Tuesday.

The caucuses routinely gather early in the state's 90-day legislative session to outline legislation their members will be pushing for this session.

The General Assembly is controlled by Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A General Assembly ethics committee has hired outside counsel to help with its review of a lawmaker who was a leading advocate for medical marijuana while working as a consultant for an aspiring medical marijuana business.

Media outlets report that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller disclosed the hiring of the special counsel on Friday. He told The Baltimore Sun that the unusual move "means we take the case very seriously."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers say Gov. Larry Hogan is using some of the state's Rainy Day Fund to fill budget holes.

Lawmakers from both parties met at the governor's residence Tuesday morning to get a briefing on Hogan's budget proposal.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat, says about $177 million in Rainy Day Funds help balance the budget. The fund contains more than the targeted amount of 5 percent of the state budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says there are less cuts than lawmakers expected, and education is fully funded.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and top Democratic Legislative Leaders spar at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as the General Assembly's 90 day session got underway this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders are announcing a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan on school funding and a loan for Northrop Grumman.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the compromise Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman requested aid to acquire a 300,000 square-foot facility in Linthicum and keep 10,000 employees in Maryland. Last year, lawmakers approved a $37.5 million tax credit for the defense contractor. Another $20 million proposed by Hogan needs approval by the Legislative Policy Committee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Wednesday to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

As he stood on the boardwalk in Ocean City Hogan said that this would help extend the tourist season for Marylanders and local businesses.

In addition, he said that it would help schools avoid the hot weather of August – especially for those without air conditioning and would save on energy costs.

The change is set to take effect next year. It requires public schools to complete the 180 days required under state law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says a senior state transportation official should be relieved of his leadership role.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller wrote Tuesday that James Ports, a deputy transportation secretary, has shown an "appalling lack of professionalism and substantive understanding" about a law that creates a scoring system to rank transportation projects in the state's funding process.

The bill was a point of contention between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is sounding a bipartisan tone in his annual State of the State speech.

"Let us blaze that new path for Maryland with the full knowledge that people of this great state stand firmly behind us. Let's work together to come up with real bipartisan common sense solutions. And let us continue to embrace that middle temperment."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues about "very difficult" budget work after reviewing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Monday night he predicts the Democratic-led General Assembly will be arguing about the budget down to the last day of the session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says he is planning to hold votes to override some of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes this week.
 
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Tuesday that he is scheduling votes for Thursday.
 
The legislature controlled by Democrats is looking at trying to override a veto of a bill that would ensure third-party websites pay all of the state's sales tax. Lawmakers also are considering trying to override a veto of a measure to decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic leaders are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to restore about $68 million in education funding because the state's revenues have turned out better than expected.
 
House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller called on the Republican governor to make the change at a news conference Monday, pointing to the state's $320 million budget surplus this fiscal year.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are standing firm in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Senate president and House speaker held a news conference Monday morning on the last day of the session to say they will not back down on fully funding education, health programs and a cost-of-living adjustment for state employees in the budget both chambers already have passed.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says Democrats "cannot pick and choose" who to cut between state employees, vulnerable adults and public school children.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote on ending state-mandated stormwater management fees.

A vote could come Friday on the bill, which is sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Currently nine counties and the city of Baltimore pay the fees, which critics call the "rain tax."

The bill would not require counties to charge a fee to meet federal stormwater requirements to clean up pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. However, they would have to show they can meet the requirements.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate committee is giving an unfavorable vote to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to repeal stormwater management fees.

The bill was voted down Tuesday 6-4 by the Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs, along with two other bills that proposed the repeal of the fees.

Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller also has proposed a bill that would end a state mandate for fees. On Tuesday he testified before the same Senate committee, touting the bill's bipartisan support and cooperation among counties and environmentalists.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says it's time to approve a tax credit for businesses that donate money to support education.

Hogan was joined Wednesday by the Rev. William Lori, archbishop of Baltimore. Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, director at Agudath Israel of Maryland, also attended the event promoting the Maryland Education Credit Initiative.

It would provide a qualifying Maryland business with a tax credit equal to 60 percent of its donation to public and private education.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leading Maryland Democrats say they believe much of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's first legislative agenda will have trouble passing this year.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Thursday the tone of Hogan's State of the State speech frustrated them and other Democrats.

Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, says he sees "very, very little in that speech that is going to become law." The Senate has 33 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

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Governor Larry Hogan laid out an ambitious plan in his first state of the state address beginning with a promise to begin his efforts to bring tax relief to Marylanders.

The Republican blamed high taxes, over regulation and an anti-business atmosphere for the struggling state economy.

Hogan’s tax program ranged from repealing income taxes on pensions for retired military, police, fire and first responders to doing away with automatic increase in the gas tax and a cut in personal property taxes for small business.

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The battle of the budget in Annapolis is about to begin. Republican Governor Larry Hogan took some sharp swipes at his Democratic predecessor Martin O'Malley at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as top Democratic Legislative leaders took aim at his budget proposal. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and filed this report.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says there could be some changes to the state's so-called "rain tax," but he doesn't expect it to be repealed.

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has said the stormwater management fee is one of the taxes he'd like to get rid of.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues for a difficult debate over raising the state's minimum wage.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday it will be difficult to find a solution to address economic differences in various parts of the state. He says he needs people to be open to compromise.

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With the opening of the General Assembly in Annapolis this week, expect the issue of marijuana to make a fuss with the possibility of decriminalization as Governor Martin O'Malley expresses his opposition to such a move. The legislature's two top leaders and the Governor hashed out issues with Marc Steiner during his annual Annapolis Summit this week.

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