Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state's two leading lawmakers are expected to meet Tuesday to discuss a possible special session, according to letters obtained Friday by The Washington Times.
House Republicans on Tuesday threw their support behind the state's approved $35.4 billion budget, urging Democratic leaders not to call a widely expected special session during which they could add hundreds of millions in new taxes and spending.
Ever since the Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight Monday without approving a set of tax and revenue increases, the question in political circles has been not if, but when, lawmakers will be called back to the State House to pass the legislation.
Aside from the occasional ego clash, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch have forged an effective working relationship, advancing Democratic social and economic policies without much resistance or infighting among party lawmakers. That changed Monday.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that the General Assembly's failure to pass a set of tax increases and revenue enhancements considered a cornerstone of this year's budget marked "the low point" of his five years in office.
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the state's same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state along with the District to legalize gay marriage.
The House voted Friday night to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill, sending the legislation to the Senate and clearing what was likely its most formidable legislative hurdle.
Virginia Delegate Scott A. Surovell, Fairfax Democrat, is no fan of House measure passed last week that would grant civil and criminal immunity to residents who use deadly force on those who break into their homes.
The outcome of Friday's ruling on Virginia's ballot access lawsuit couldn't have been too much fun for the campaigns of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Jon Huntsman Jr.