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Md. lawmakers outline session priorities

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:41pm  ET

BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland court ruling requiring poor defendants to have an attorney at bail review hearings could be a big issue in the next legislative session.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Friday at the Maryland Association of Counties conference that the state's highest court's ruling will be "a very expensive proposition" costing at least $40 million.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Michael Busch says a debate over raising the minimum wage will be a top issue.

Republican Minority Leader Nic Kipke says House Republicans will be pushing for tax cuts.

Jeanne Hitchcock, Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative aide, says the budget will present a challenge after the federal government shutdown, but this week's agreement will help bring stability in the state that's home to many federal workers.

The session begins next month.


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