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Miller, Jacobs mix it up over the budget

An Annapolis dispatch from Laura Smitherman:

Budget battles in the Senate turned testy today when an admittedly frustrated Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, the Democratic strongman of the chamber, tried to end debate on a Republican proposal from Sen. Nancy Jacobs, the minority whip.

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Republican Sen. J. Lowell Stoltzfus leaped to Jacobs' defense saying "it's not fair to cut off a lady." He and other Republicans objected, arguing that senators have a right to be heard no matter their party affiliation. Jacobs, who was proposing an amendment for more disclosure of retention bonuses for professors that are already reported quarterly, later said she felt Miller was "rude" and failed to maintain a "degree of decorum."

A visibly upset Miller pointed out during the debate that a budget committee member had pledged to address her concerns as the chamber continues to work on the annual spending plan. He said it was "disrespectful" for Jacobs not to believe the other senator, and suggested the committee not include the language she sought after all. So Jacobs pressed her amendment that failed on a vote of 33-to-8.

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Afterward, Miller admitted to "overreacting." He had told the chamber Tuesday that he wanted to end the morning session early to attend a career day with his grandkids.

UPDATE; Before an afternoon session today, Miller and Jacobs hugged. Everybody clapped.

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