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Busch calls upkeep of State House grounds 'shabby'

Legislative leaders complained Friday that the grounds of Maryland's historic State House aren't being maintained — while the governor's mansion across the street is well-manicured.

Speaking at a meeting of the State House Trust, of which he is a member, House Speaker Michael E. Busch said that bushes aren't being trimmed, weeds aren't being pulled, the lawn isn't being maintained and leaves aren't being removed. He called it "embarrassing."

"I've never seen the State House grounds looking as shabby as they look today," the Anne Arundel County Democrat said. He called the conditions the worst he's seen in 30 years as a legislator. "It looks...