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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 says he believes the Maryland General Assembly has the will to repeal capital punishment this session.

O'Malley, who said Tuesday he will be making repeal a priority, says the death penalty is a waste of resources that could be better used to fight crime in more productive ways.

During an appearance at Marc Steiner's Annual Summit in Annapolis, Governor Martin O'Malley made it clear he would be seeking new revenue to shore up the transportation fund due to run out of money for new projects by 2017.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared report on the summit and the governor's plans.

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller says he will allow a vote on a measure that would repeal the death penalty.

Miller personally supports the death penalty.

But the Democrat said he has told Governor Martin O’Malley he would give him an opportunity to have a vote.

In the past it has been buried in a Senate committee.

Miller told the Baltimore Sun that if the Governor has the votes he will allow it to go to the floor.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of the Maryland Senate is planning a quick start for next week's special session to expand gambling.

In a memo to senators, Thomas V. Mike Miller said the Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9. After a bill is officially introduced, the Senate will adjourn to allow a hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which will vote on the bill.

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

No decision yet on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s according to House Speaker Michel Busch who emerged this afternoon from a meeting with Governor Martin O’Malley and Senate President Mike Miller.

Meanwhile, Miller who supports expansion told reporters that he believe there are people need more persuading – or in his words – we need some elbow grease.

The key stumbling block is the state’s 67 percent tax on slot machine revenue.

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

Maryland legislators are gearing up to take a close look at a state court ruling that says Pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced that they were forming a 10-member taskforce to examine the issue.

Miller said that the decision would have profound effects on dogs, dog owners, tenants and property owners.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.

The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.

The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis

for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley and House and Senate leaders.

The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making $100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.

 

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.

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.

     O'Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said "we all hold blame," referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.

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