- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered the General Assembly to convene May 14 for a special session to pass legislation boosting state revenues.

Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, formally announced on the session’s start day on Friday, saying in a statement that the session is needed to ensure the state’s investment in public education, safety and social services.

Lawmakers are expected to pass a set of revenue enhancements and income-tax increases after a stalemate between the House and Senate prevented them from doing so during the regular session, which ended last month.

“There is too much at stake not to move forward,” the governor said. “I’m confident that we can come together with the Senate President [Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.] and House Speaker [Michael E. Busch] to complete this most important work for the people of our state.”

Mr. O'Malley said the three Democrats will discuss the special session at a news conference next week.