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O'Malley needs to get the legislators back ASAP

3:30 PM EDT, April 28, 2012

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Gov.Martin O'Malley's claim that legislative agreement on all points is needed in advance for him to call a special session to pass a budget is completely bogus ("Leaders float the idea of two special sessions," April 25).

The General Assembly's most important responsibility is to pass a budget every year. It failed that duty. Our state constitution allows Governor O'Malley to give the legislature another chance to do its job. The legislature will not likely fail to do its No. 1 job a second time. If it does, the fault will be the legislature's, primarily its leadership's, not the governor's.

Mr. O'Malley's job now is to get the legislature back in Annapolis as soon as possible.

Vic Simon, Takoma Park