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The Salisbury City Council voted to support a measure in the General Assembly that would give it the ability to regulate alcohol permits for businesses and events.

The action follows objections by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver about the serving of alcohol at last year’s National Folk Festival in a letter to then state Senate President Mike Miller.

Culver complained that the county licensing board was not consulted.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's high violent crime rate is getting early attention in the state legislative session.

Sen. Mike Miller recently stepped down as Senate president. He told senators on Thursday that crime in Maryland's largest city must be addressed.

He says lawmakers are beginning their annual 90-day session “while Rome is burning.”

Baltimore had more than 300 homicides last year for the fifth straight year.

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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) - Maryland's longtime Senate president is stepping down from his leadership post as he deals with his cancer diagnosis, and a Baltimore lawmaker is being nominated to take his place.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller made the announcement Thursday after speaking with the chamber's other 31 Democrats in a closed-door meeting. He says he will remain a senator.

Sen. Bill Ferguson was nominated by the Democratic caucus to be the next Senate president.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's longtime Senate president is scheduled to announce his future plans as he deals with his cancer diagnosis.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is scheduled to meet with the Senate's other 31 Democrats in a closed-door caucus on Thursday.

The 76-year-old has scheduled a news conference for noon.

Miller has been Maryland's Senate president since 1987. He is the longest state Senate president in the history of the nation.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68.

A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his district that encompassed a large portion of Baltimore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel has voted to remove a logo that includes a Confederate flag from a plaque in Maryland's Capitol that honors the Civil War's Union and Confederate soldiers, but the state is keeping the plaque.

The State House Trust voted 3-1 by email to spend more than $2,400 to remove the logo, which includes a Confederate flag and a U.S. flag, and overlay it with a cast image of the Maryland state flag.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has been appointed to the board of directors for the University of Maryland Medical System.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the selection in a letter Monday to James DiPaula, the board's chairman.

New appointments are being made after reports of self-dealing of contracts involving former board members. A reform measure approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor requires the new appointments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says he thinks his chamber will pass a measure to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor's help, but he's anticipating "a very, very close vote."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters Tuesday he personally will probably vote against the bill, "but I think it's going to pass."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a meeting to discuss how to address revelations that about a third of the University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors has received compensation through the network's contracts with their businesses.

Hogan is scheduled to meet with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael Busch and officials from the system on Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis.

Miller told reporters Tuesday he hopes the meeting will result in a unified response. The Senate president says there needs to be an audit.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly will conduct a workplace climate survey as part of ongoing efforts to stop sexual harassment.

The House speaker and Senate president made the announcement Tuesday. The survey will be conducted this month.

The state has retained TalentKeepers, a company with experience conducting legislative climate surveys, to conduct the independent review of the workplace climate and culture in the General Assembly.

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During his State of the State address, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan offered up tax cuts, more education funding and an emphasis on bipartisanship. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report on the governor's address.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says he's having good days and bad days as he undergoes chemotherapy for Stage 4 prostate cancer, but he believes he's getting "the best treatment of any place in the world" at Johns Hopkins.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller gave reporters an update Wednesday on how he's doing, battling cancer he says has metastasized to his spine and pelvic area.

Miller had his second chemotherapy treatment Tuesday, with treatments scheduled every three weeks and probably four more times.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are exploring a quick way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020.

Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but any further commercial gambling expansion requires another voter referendum.

And lawmakers failed to pass legislation to put sports betting on last November's ballot.

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The Maryland legislative session has begun amid a partial federal government shutdown and a $1 billion budget surplus. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with state Comptroller Peter Franchot who indicated he may even look at the top job in the state in the next few years.

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Maryland State Senate President Mike Miller announced today that he has prostate cancer.

The longtime Democrat said he would be undergoing chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The word comes after the opening day of the legislative session.

In his statement the 76 year old Miller said that he was diagnosed in July.

But he said that by December the disease was no longer manageable through pharmaceuticals alone.

The Baltimore Sun reports that two people who spoke with Miller before the announcement described the cancer as “advance” and “aggressive”.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Top political leaders are supporting a proposal to rename the Maryland State House's main press room in honor of the five Capital Gazette employees killed in last year's newsroom shooting.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that he wanted to dedicate the workspace used by The Capital and other outlets "to honor the profession of journalism."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says his re-election indicates voters want bipartisanship and civility that is lacking in Washington,áand he says other Maryland Republicans' losses were a repudiation of President Donald Trump.

Hogan spoke Wednesday about becoming the first Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland since 1954. He says he has governed "right down the middle" and sought bipartisanship with Democrats, who held on to supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature.

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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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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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