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House Speaker Michael Busch speaks from the rostrum at the State House. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / January 11, 2012)

Maryland's House of Delegates is set to convene for a special session Friday Aug. 10, a day after members of the Senate are scheduled to come back to Annapolis, according to an email sent to members by House Speaker Michael E. Busch.

The speaker also told members that they will debate legislation addressing a recent court decision on liability from pit bulls in addition to the higher-profile issue of expanding gambling in Maryland.

The House is set to go into session at 11 a.m. Friday, according to the email. The House Ways and Means Committee is set to hold a hearing on the gambling bill at 1:30 p.m. Friday. (The Judiciary Committee will hold a pit bull hearing at that time.)

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has said his chamber will get to business at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The Senate Budget and Tax committee will hold its gambling hearing Thursday afternoon, according to Miller's message.

Miller and Busch have both asked their members to keep expenses down during the special session -- which will be the third time in the past year that the legislature has come back outside its regular January to April session.

"Limited overnight accommodations will be approved on a case-by-case basis for individuals who live a great distance from the capital or who have medical or other circumstances that require them to be out of town," Busch wrote.