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Rawlings-Blake vetoes bills that would weaken future Baltimore mayors

Rawlings-Blake vetoes bills that would weaken future Baltimore mayors

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed sweeping legislation Friday that would fundamentally change Baltimore's "strong mayor" form of government by shifting power to the City Council and comptroller.

The council is expected vote May 16 on whether to override the vetoes. It's unclear whether the necessary 12 of 15 members will agree to do so. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young has a "reasonable expectation" that he will have the votes, his spokesman said.

But Rawlings-Blake's staff has strongly told council members of her concerns, as has state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, who declared victory in the Democratic primary for mayor last week....

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