O'Malley to meet with Miller, Busch to discuss session

Gov. Martin O'Malley will meet with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch Thursday afternoon in the State House as the three begin making plans for the 2013 legislative session.

O'Malley spokeswoman Takirra Winfield said likely topics include the state budget, transportation funding and the governor's proposal to encourage offshore wind power. She said she did not know whether another potential issue, repeal of the death penalty, would come up.

Winfield said she did not know the exact time when the three would meet.

The meeting will be the first of a series of face-to-face discussions the governor and presiding officers will hold before the General Assembly convenes Jan. 9, Winfield said.

"They sort of do this every year," Winfield said. "It's a whole lot of items and things they would like to see accomplished in the upcoming session."

The three Democratic leaders are coming off a rocky 2012 during which the regular 90-day session came to a chaotic finish during which lawmakers enacted a budget but not companion legislation that would have avoided a series of unintended cuts to popular projects.

O'Malley would later end up calling two special sessions -- one to fix the so-called Doomsday Budget in May and another to pass a gambling expansion plan in August. Both sessions accomplished his goals, but it was an experience that lawmakers would not want to see repeated.





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