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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Curtis S. Anderson
Some House Democrats are pushing for changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill and Republicans are warning that even if the legislation passes, voters and the courts might get the final say.
Maryland House lawmakers appear ready to make drastic changes to a gambling expansion bill that the Senate passed last week, but Democratic House leaders still don't know whether they will have enough votes.
When the Maryland Senate voted last month with little debate to legalize same-sex marriage, the issue went from one never strongly considered in the General Assembly to one whose time appeared to have arrived.
Republican leaders in Maryland's House of Delegates are worried that a bill to limit the governor's role in granting parole to criminals serving life sentences will, in many cases, open the door for their early release.
Opponents of a Maryland same-sex marriage bill are preparing for its passage in the General Assembly by directing their efforts to a referendum that would delay implementation of the measure until December 2012 at the earliest.
"The governor's bill addresses problems that I guess would be relevant to people at Sandy Hook or in Colorado, but if we're going to do something, why aren't we doing something about the problems that we face?" he said. "Our bill will definitely be different from the Senate's."
Mr. Anderson said he expects numerous changes will be made to the bill and that other tweaks could come in the form of separate legislation.