Lawmakers worked through the weekend to find a compromise to reverse the pit bull court ruling. Without a change, many pit bull owners could face eviction. The failed compromise would have affected every dog owner by establishing a new legal standard that would favor dog bite victims.

The Senate ratified the deal unanimously, but the House did not vote on it.

"It was scandalous for us to stop the ball like this," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat who negotiated a compromise.

Lawmakers overcame disagreement to pass a major campaign finance bill. If signed by O'Malley, the legislation would close a loophole that has allowed certain campaign contributors to far exceed the state's limits by giving through multiple limited-liability corporations or partnerships.

The measure would also raise the state's maximum allowed campaign contributions for the first time since the early 1990s. It would increase the amount an individual or company can give to one candidate from $4,000 in an election cycle to $6,000. It also would impose new reporting requirements for candidates.

Other bills passed Monday would create term limits for the Morgan State University Board of Regents and reform the state's eviction law so that people cannot be locked out of their homes without a court order.

Several hundred bills died Monday night without a final vote. A bill that would have spelled out the rights of some surrogate mothers, the people who contract with them and the children born from the arrangements died without a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.

A measure to designate the soft-shell crab sandwich as the state sandwich also died.

"It's a bill that can wait for another day," Miller said.

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