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Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot says a bill that would remove some of his tax-collecting duties is political payback from Democratic leaders for his opposition to gambling.
A special session to consider expanded gambling this summer appears all but dead.
No matter the topic in Annapolis, it seems as if sports are never far from the minds of officials.
The Maryland General Assembly passed a $260 million tax increase Wednesday as it adjourned from a three-day special session that ended with Gov. Martin O'Malley saying he will bring lawmakers back for another session this summer.
The House is expected to vote Friday on a bill that would pave the way for offshore-wind energy.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley testified Thursday on his offshore wind energy bill, telling a House committee the proposal would create jobs and lower reliance on fossil fuels while causing only a modest increase in energy prices.
Maryland Delegate Tiffany T. Alston, Prince George's Democrat, returned to Annapolis on Monday for the first General Assembly since being indicted for using campaign funds to cover wedding expenses.
Senate committee on Thursday killed a bill backed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley to implement offshore wind energy in the state.
The General Assembly is in the stretch run of its legislative session and will consider several key bills Thursday, as just five days remain before the session ends.