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ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Maryland's annual legislative session is starting. The first day of the 90-day session will include a vote for the Senate's first new presiding officer in more than three decades.

Sen. Bill Ferguson is expected to be elected Senate president by the chamber's 47 senators.

The Baltimore Democrat will succeed Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller, who is stepping down from the leadership post due to illness, but will keep his seat.

In the House, the chamber's 141 members are expected to re-elect House Speaker Adrienne Jones.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For the first time in 17 years, the Maryland General Assembly will be led by two presiding officers who aren’t white men over 55 named Mike.

On Wednesday, 36-year-old Baltimore Democratic Sen. Bill Ferguson will be elected Senate president.

He will be the first new Senate president in more than three decades.

The vote by the chamber's 47 senators will come after a historic year in the House of Delegates.

Its 141 members elected Adrienne Jones to be the first black official and first woman to win the powerful office.

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The Maryland General Assembly closed out its ninty-day session this month with the passing House Speaker Michael Busch. Delmarva Public Radio spoke with Len Lazaarick, editor and publisher of marylandreporter.com about its impact and what was accomplished this year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates plans to begin livestreaming floor sessions next year.

House Speaker Michael Busch made the announcement Tuesday, with Del. David Moon and Del. Kathy Szeliga.

Moon, a Democrat, says he's thrilled to see the state modernize for transparency in an era when it's now "easier for voters to watch funny cat videos" than watch Maryland's General Assembly in action online. Szeliga, a Republican, says Maryland has had the "notorious distinction" of being one of only seven states barring video from either chamber for too long.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly is reaching a milestone in its 90-day legislative session.Monday is crossover day. That's a deadline set by lawmakers for a bill to pass either the House or the Senate to have a chance of clearing both chambers and making it to the governor's desk.

It's not a rule that's written in stone, and it doesn't mean a measure can't pass both chambers if it fails to meet the deadline. But lawmakers generally aim to have legislation they intend to pass clear one of the chambers by the end of the crossover day.

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The Maryland legislative session began this week with battled expected to erupt between Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the Democratically led General Assembly. Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science at St. Mary's College assesses the issues as the state heads into an election year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A budget shortfall will be a top concern for Maryland lawmakers during their annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers also will be weighing proposals to require paid sick leave and to either ban or extend a moratorium on the hydraulic oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The session begins Wednesday and ends April 10.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Environmental advocates are urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to boost the state's renewable energy standards.

The advocates held a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Thursday with the bill's sponsors.

They say increasing requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020 will help the environment and increase jobs in the solar industry. Maryland's current renewable energy standard goal is 20 percent by 2022.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on $5 million in state money for scholarships based on need for students who attend private schools.

The House voted 130-7 for the budget a short time later.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on a $5 million initiative for tax credits for businesses to donate to private schools that serve low-income students.

The House could take a final vote on budget later Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is supporting a measure to live stream and archive video of General Assembly floor and voting sessions.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford expressed support for the bill Wednesday at the Board of Public Works. The board live streams its meetings at an annual cost of between $3,000 and $3,500.

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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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An ice hockey rink in Worcester County is one step closer.

The Maryland Stadium Authority has voted to go ahead with a study to evaluate the 62-hundred seat arena.

It will look at the project from a marketing and economic standpoint.  

Worcester’s economic development director Bill Badger told the Salisbury Daily Times that this gives the county an official opportunity to get an evaluation.

The proposal for the study must now get through the Maryland General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's crunch time for the Maryland General Assembly, and lawmakers still have a budget to pass.

The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a budget compromise on Saturday, but it's unclear if the Legislature is willing and able to pass some of Hogan's legislative initiatives that the governor says are important to the deal.

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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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic members of Congress will gather with state legislators for their 15th annual lunch on the eve of the General Assembly's legislative session.

The lunch is being held in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are scheduled to attend. Most of Maryland's seven Democratic House members also are scheduled to attend.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the presiding officers of the General Assembly are scheduled to be at the luncheon as well, in addition to other Democratic lawmakers.

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.

     Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.

     The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.