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The very fact that lawmakers should have to call a special session to pass a budget is preposterous

The news that Governor O'Malley and the top leaders of the General Assembly are now considering two special legislative sessions is unheard of and preposterous ("Annapolis leaders considering two special sessions," April 24). It's bad enough that even one special session is being considered.

Passing a balanced budget should have been the highest priority during the three-month regular session. Since the legislature didn't manage to do that, taxpayers are now faced with paying $20,000 a day for every day of the special sessions.

We certainly don't need a special session to discuss an expansion of gambling. The building and operation of the already-approved casinos should take place before any expansion of gambling is even considered.

Most citizens of Maryland look on special legislative sessions primarily as a means to create more mischief, such as a second opportunity to raise taxes.

If there is to be a special session, it should be exclusively for passing a responsible budget. That would also give the senators and delegates a chance to at least partly redeem themselves from their previous inaction.

George Stiegler, Ellicott City

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