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Senate committee approves DNR secretary nomination

Tuesday - 3/4/2014, 1:58am  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Senate committee has approved Joseph Gill's nomination as secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. The issue will go to the Senate floor for final vote.

In a hearing lasting more than two hours Monday, the Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 14-1 in Gill's favor. Three Senators abstained, intending to do more research and vote on the Senate floor.

Gill, currently the department's acting secretary, had his confirmation vote delayed in January. The leader of a watermen's organization said Gill had threatened to hurt fishermen's interests if a certain bill didn't pass.

Several fishermen testified Monday that Gill had cursed and talked rudely to them. His supporters said he had a gentle demeanor.

Numerous Senators said Gill's overall record overshadowed these incidents of allegedly losing his temper.

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