The school board and teachers union in Prince George’s vehemently fought against the plan, contending that the action was too drastic.
Among the legislation awaiting a final Senate vote Monday is a measure to authorize the distribution of medical marijuana by academic medical centers. Legislative analysts say that it is unlikely that distribution would begin before 2016 and that it is unclear how many institutions would choose to participate.
But supporters of the bill, which passed the House last month, have hailed it as a significant step toward a compassionate treatment option for people with illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Meanwhile, separate legislation, passed last month in the Senate, to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee and appears unlikely to pass.
The bill would subject people caught with 10 grams or less to only a civil fine of $100, a move supporters say would ease criminal caseloads in the courts.
But opponents have said the measure sends a bad message.
The Senate is also expected to give final approval Monday to a bill sponsored by O’Malley to expand the number of early voting sites in Maryland.
Lawmakers will also try to resolve dueling House and Senate bills related to legal liability resulting from dog bites.
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain Maryland driver’s licenses was among the more hotly debated measures sent to O’Malley in recent days.
The measure, which won final approval in the House on Friday, would expand a program — set to expire — that makes available a second-class driver’s license to applicants without a Social Security number or proof of lawful status.
Under the bill, immigrants would have to show some form of identification, such as a birth certificate or passport. And to establish long-term Maryland residency, senators added a requirement that applicants also provide two years of state income tax filings.
Supporters said the measure would make the roads safer by allowing the state to administer written and road tests to illegal immigrants and allowing insurance companies to provide them with liability coverage.
Republican opponents of the measure tied up a final vote for hours on the House floor on Friday, arguing that the bill would make it easier for terrorists to obtain IDs, in addition to rewarding the behavior of people who entered the country illegally.
The driver’s licenses would afford undocumented immigrants almost all the privileges provided by licenses issued to citizens.
They would be the same color as regular licenses, but they would be marked as not valid for federal purposes, such as entering federal buildings and boarding commercial airline flights.
A cyberbullying bill that was sent to the governor last week was introduced after last year’s suicide of a 15-year-old Howard County girl. The girl’s family said she took her life after being harassed online.
Under the legislation, creating a fake profile, posing as a minor, posting real or doctored images of a minor and signing up a minor for a pornographic Web site would be misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.
Aaron C. Davis and Kate Havard contributed to this report.