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Maryland Lawmakers Back For New Session

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland’s annual 90-day legislative session began today with 60 new lawmakers in the 188-member General Assembly. There are 43 new members of the House of Delegates. Democrats gained eight seats in the House, where there are 99 Democrats and 42 Republicans. The GOP gained a state Senate seat, where there are 17 new senators in a chamber with 32 Democrats and 15 Republicans. For the first time since the 1950s, the General Assembly will be working with a Republican governor who won a second term. Health care, education, and criminal justice expected to be some of the issues lawmakers take up. They also plan to debate raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and take up a constitutional amendment to enshrine abortion in the state should Roe versus Wade be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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