Maryland's General Assembly will convene Wednesday while juggling more plot lines than a soap opera.
As the legislature prepares to begin its annual 90-day session at noon, it is grappling with emerging scandals, partisan bickering, internal shuffling and vacant seats.
All this accompanies more standard fare, including a yawning revenue gap and expected votes to override a gubernatorial veto regarding energy policy. Lawmakers also will consider an array of issues, including prescription drug costs, limits on student testing and paid sick leave for workers.
The state's Democrats, a commanding majority in the legislature but facing a popular Republican governor, flocked...