Skip to comments.O’Malley pushes two sessions on Maryland revenue, gambling issues
Posted on 04/25/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
ANNAPOLIS Gov. Martin O'Malley emerged Tuesday from a much-anticipated meeting with the states two leading lawmakers and revealed that he is not only leaning toward calling a special session, but he might even call two of them.
Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, said he hopes to bring the General Assembly back into session by mid-May so legislators can pass a set of tax and revenue increases to erase $512 million in cuts that were put into place when the assembly adjourned April 9.
The governor said he wants to focus strictly on finances and hold off on debating a gambling bill pushed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., but he might order a second special session to take it up this summer.
Mr. OMalley told reporters that he hopes to settle gambling and the budget this year while avoiding the bickering that marred the end of the regular session, when lawmakers adjourned without agreement on either issue.
I think that both issues deserve a hearing and some resolution, the governor said. And I think, though, that what made this session very disappointing and frustrating by the end was that we were considering both those issues at the same time.
The governor had breakfast Tuesday with Mr. Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch in the first discussion among the three since the regular sessions end. The adjournment left the governor and speaker accusing Mr. Miller of intentionally stalling budget talks to pressure the House into passing a bill that would have let voters decide whether to legalize table games and approve a new casino in Prince Georges County.
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