Maryland GOP backs budget, tells Democrats to drop special session

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Democratic leaders are clearly unhappy with the cuts, but Mr. Busch said Tuesday no firm plans had been made to call a special session.

A special session can be ordered by Mr. O'Malley or by the General Assembly itself with majority approval from both chambers.

Mr. Busch said he had breakfast with the governor over the weekend but has yet to talk with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Prince George’s Democrat, since last week’s adjournment.

The speaker said he would expect all three to get together before a special session is called, but no such meeting has been scheduled.

House and Senate lawmakers appear on the same track with regard to passing the failed revenue bills during a special session but are far from a consensus on whether to address other issues, such as additional revenue bills and expanding gambling.

“If you’re going to have a special session, it’s got to be planned out,” Mr. Busch said. “You have to know what you’re trying to accomplish and you have to have the votes to do it.”

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