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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell vetoed seven bills and offered more than 100 amendments to legislation passed by the General Assembly this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Joined by other Republican House members, House Speaker William J. Howell (at podium), of Stafford, points to a chart during a Republican caucus news conference on Wednesday held to rebut criticism that broad-based concerns took a back seat in the General Assembly to "socially conservative issues." (Associated Press)

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Delegate Benjamin L. Cline, Augusta Republican, is leading a bipartisan push in the General Assembly to simplify the state tax code and make it more fair. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Delegate Benjamin L. Cline, Augusta Republican, is leading a bipartisan push in the General Assembly to simplify the state tax code and make it more fair. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Delegate David Englin, Alexandria Democrat, is leading a bipartisan push in the General Assembly to simplify the state tax code and make it more fair. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Delegate Benjamin L. Cline, Augusta Republican, is leading a bipartisan push in the General Assembly to simplify the state tax code and make it more fair. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Peter Finkelstein of Annapolis lights a cigar at the Annapolis Cigar Co. A campaign is under way for the General Assembly to raise taxes on cigars and chewing tobacco to deter teens who use them as alternatives to more expensive cigarettes. (T.J. Kirkpatrick / The Washington Times)

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"The governor has approved himself the authority to ... bypass the General Assembly," says Maryland state Sen. E.J. Pipkin, Cecil Republican, of a land-development plan. "This is as wrong as wrong can be." (The Washington Times)

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Republican Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's profile will rise in the next General Assembly with his role as tiebreaker in the evenly divided state Senate. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) poses for a picture with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after giving him a letter requesting recognition of Palestine as a state during the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 23, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Maryland governor Martin O'Malley on the floor of the General Assembly. (Associated Press)

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Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. suggested to Gov. Martin O'Malley in a May 9 letter that the fall's special General Assembly session include discussions on transportation funding needs, rising pension costs and the state's $1.1-billion structural deficit. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures during a press conference detailing the Republican agenda for the 2011 session of the General Assembly as Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, left, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, right, listen at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Israel's seats in the General Assembly hall sit empty while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran addresses the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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After the end of the General Assembly session in Annapolis, Gov. Martin O'Malley (center) signs a bill into law Tuesday with Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch (right) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. in attendance. One new law gives Maryland first chance to buy the Preakness horse race to keep it in the state. (Associated Press)