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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House speaker says he plans to make campaign and other public appearances soon after recovering from an unscheduled bypass surgery.

Speaker Michael Busch told The Capital of Annapolis Friday that he has been undergoing physical therapy at a Baltimore hospital to rebuild his strength since the procedure earlier this month. He says he expects to return home Monday.

The 71-year-old was at the University of Maryland Medical Center Sept. 19 for a routine test. Busch says he was short of breath and experiencing chest pains.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch has had coronary bypass surgery.

The speaker's office made the announcement Thursday. Busch's office says the speaker underwent bypass surgery at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The speaker's office says: "He is awake, alert and is expected to make a full recovery." The statement says he will return to work and the campaign trail in the next few weeks.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A leading Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a constitutional amendment next year to protect abortion rights.

House Speaker Michael Busch announced Thursday he will introduce the proposal in next year's legislative session. If approved by the General Assembly, it will go on the ballot for voters to decide in 2020.

The Democrat says he is introducing the proposal because the Supreme Court is "currently hanging in the balance" and due to "increasing hostility" toward "women's reproductive rights by this federal Administration."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that would give a tax break to people who donate all or a portion of an organ to another person.

The bill would let liver, kidney, intestine, pancreas, lung or bone marrow donors subtracts up to $7,500 in income on state tax returns to offset donation expenses.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the bill is sponsored by Speaker Michael E. Busch, who had a liver transplant last year that is credited with saving his life. His sister, Laurie Bernhardt, donated a piece of her liver.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats will be announcing some gun-safety measures.

House and Senate Democrats have scheduled a noon news conference to talk about the package.

One measure would ban bump stocks. Those are devices that enable rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons.

They were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

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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) - 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) - Maryland Democrats who control the General Assembly have outlined plans to respond to the federal tax overhaul.

Leading lawmakers on Tuesday talked about three measures they plan to make a priority this session to return taxes to residents.

Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch says the federal tax overhaul "takes away $680 million in exemptions for Marylanders." He says lawmakers will make a priority of mitigating that.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will take up a proposal to update the legislature's sexual harassment policy

Alexandra Hughes, chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Busch, said Monday the proposal would centrally track complaints against legislators and staff annually.

It's scheduled for a vote Tuesday before a committee that decides legislative policy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials calling attention to some events to help people sign up for health care this weekend.

Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, officials with the NAACP and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange are highlighting a series of "last chance" events to help Marylanders enroll during an announcement Tuesday at the Maryland State Medical Society in Annapolis.

The free events will be held at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore and 17 other locations around the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's longest-serving House Speaker says he has no plans to step down despite a recent liver transplant.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Michael E. Busch returned to his office in Annapolis last month after recovering from the procedure.     

He said he's willing and able to continue his reign as speaker in January. He also said he'll be running for a ninth term in the legislature.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away.

A panel voted by email Wednesday to remove the statue, which was erected in 1872.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for the removal of a statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the state house.

Hogan said in a statement on Tuesday that he believes removing the Roger B. Taney (TAW-nee) statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do.

The Republican governor's statement comes a day after Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said the Confederate monument doesn't belong at the state house in Annapolis.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's speaker of the House is calling for the removal of a Confederate statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the statehouse.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Michael E. Busch said Monday the monument to former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) "doesn't belong" at the State House in Annapolis.

Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people.

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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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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch has undergone a liver transplant.

The speaker's office said in a statement that the 70-year-old Busch had the procedure Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Busch's sister provided the donation.

The speaker's office says Busch was recently diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

Busch said in an interview Wednesday with The Capital of Annapolis said his health had gotten worse in recent weeks. He attributed his recent health problems to medication for skin cancer.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Supporters of requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide five paid sick days are rallying against Gov. Larry Hogan's veto.

The Working Matters Coalition for Earned Sick Days is holding two news conferences on Tuesday.

They will include members of the coalition's health, faith, small business, labor and community organizations. Legislative leaders who support the bill also are expected to attend.

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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 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) - Leading Maryland Democrats are supporting legislation for funding Planned Parenthood because of concerns that the federal government will cut family planning funds.

House Speaker Michael Busch joined other lawmakers Wednesday to express support for continued family planning services in the state. Busch says the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Washington could cut family planning services that help 25,000 women in the state.

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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) - Maryland's governor is asking people nominated to fill General Assembly vacancies to undergo background checks before taking their seats.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Gov. Larry Hogan's spokesman, Doug Mayer, says the requests are voluntary. The requests come after recent announcements of criminal cases linked to former and prospective lawmakers. The Attorney General's Office advised House Speaker Michael Busch on Wednesday that the governor can ask for background checks, but can't require them.

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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) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is urging Democrats who control the legislature to pass a measure to cut mandated spending, but Democrats say the governor already has the power to reduce spending mandates.

Hogan spoke Tuesday about his proposal to reduce mandated spending increases in years when revenues don't keep pace with projections. Hogan, who has high poll numbers, says legislative leaders are "ignoring more than two-thirds of all Marylanders" who have expressed support for the governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan wants to take more control of the budget process as a way of steering Maryland toward long-term fiscal health.

The Republican governor outlined his spending priorities for his second year in office on Thursday. While not mentioning his Democratic predecessor, Martin O'Malley, by name, Hogan said the state's finances were chronically mismanaged for eight years.

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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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