O’Malley meets with senators as session talks continue

April 17, 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said late Tuesday afternoon that he and lawmakers will “continue to talk” about a special session, after emerging from an hour-long meeting with four leading Democratic senators.


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

O’Malley met House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) for breakfast Saturday morning.

The governor’s Tuesday meeting included Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and three prominent members of the Budget and Taxation Committee.

Lawmakers ended their 90-day session without adopting an agreed-upon tax package, a move that will trigger more than $500 million in cuts to education and other planned spending if lawmakers to not reconvene by July 1. House Republicans said Tuesday that the result should stand.

Miller has said he wants a gambling bill that also died on the final night of the session to be taken up as part of a special session. That bill called for a statewide referendum on allowing a Prince George’s County casino and Las Vegas-style table games at the state’s five previously authorized slots sites.

O’Malley told reporters that gambling is “a contentious issue between the presiding officers.”

“The presiding officers have worked out their differences in the past, and I trust they’ll work them out this time,” O’Malley said.

He offered no specifics on when future meetings with lawmakers would take place.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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