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Amid pomp, Maryland General Assembly opens with tumult over 11th-hour resignations

Amid pomp, Maryland General Assembly opens with tumult over 11th-hour resignations

The General Assembly opened its 2017 session on a tumultuous note Wednesday, as two veteran lawmakers submitted eleventh-hour resignations.

Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and the Democrats who lead the Senate and House of Delegates expressed hope for bipartisanship, though many expect the annual 90-day session will soon descend into partisan conflict.

"I agree with you 100 percent that there's more that unites us than divides us," Hogan told Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller as he greeted returning senators. "I think we can accomplish a heck of a lot together."

As the 47-seat Senate and 141-member House reconvened, much of the attention...

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