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Leading Maryland lawmakers rule out special session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The leaders of the Maryland General Assembly say they don’t plan to hold a special session this year.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson made the announcement Wednesday night at an event organized by progressive groups who are urging lawmakers to convene.

Jones and Ferguson said lawmakers need more time to work on legislation. Ferguson also noted the uncertainty of elections in November.

When the General Assembly adjourned three weeks early due to the pandemic in March, leadership announced plans for a special session in May, but plans were canceled as cases of coronavirus increased. As the summer wore on with no public discussion of a new date, a special session looked increasingly unlikely.

The legislature is scheduled to convene in January for its regular 90-day session.

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