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MD Senate Delays Confirmation Vote For Transportation Secretary Nominee

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By Rebecca Blatt

Maryland's State Senate has delayed a vote to confirm Gov. Martin O'Malley's nominee for transportation secretary. Senator Anthony Muse, of Prince George's County, asked Friday to separate Beverly Swaim-Staley's name from other officials up for confirmation. Swaim-Staley has been serving as acting head of the state's transportation department since O'Malley appointed her in September.

Muse says he does not have "personal concerns" about Swaim-Staley, but he says he wants to know the department is being run efficiently with "fairness to all its workers." He declined to elaborate.

As acting secretary, Swaim-Staley oversees the department's 9,000 employees and $3.8 billion budget.


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