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Schaefer viewing delays Md. bill signings

Decked out in a Navy captain's uniform, William Donald Schaefer bids farewell to Baltimore from the deck of a tour boat in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo dated Jan. 21, 1987. ((Photo credit: UPI))

Plans for William Donald Schaefer to lie in state Monday at the State House in Annapolis have prompted the cancellation of a bill signing ceremony that morning.

Those bills will instead get Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature at one of two other scheduled ceremonies, on May 10 and May 19, said a spokesman for O’Malley (D). The governor and legislative leaders already conducted one signing ceremony, on the morning following the session’s April 11 adjournment.

Schaefer’s public viewing in Annapolis is part of a grand send-off for the former Maryland governor, comptroller and Baltimore mayor. He died Monday at age 89.

Plans announced Tuesday call for Schaefer to lie in state at both the State House and City Hall in Baltimore. A motorcade tour of Baltimore landmarks will also take place Tuesday, with the funeral scheduled Wednesday in Baltimore.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.


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