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Maryland Gov. Hopes For Wind Energy In Future Legislative Session

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Same-sex marriage legislation passed the Maryland Senate this year, and O'Malley said he would sign it if it reached his desk.
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Same-sex marriage legislation passed the Maryland Senate this year, and O'Malley said he would sign it if it reached his desk.

Despite the failure of his wind energy proposal — and several other of his key agenda items — O'Malley painted the session as a mixed bag. He listed closing the state's $1.4 billion budget gap as a major accomplishment.

"This was a tough budget, and it was one where we also had to enact pension reforms in order to save our teachers' and public employees' pensions, even ask we asked everyone to do a little more," O'Malley said.

The governor is also hoping for another victory in the establishment of the $75 million "Invest Maryland" fund, which would provide funding for innovative technology development in both the public and private sectors. The bill — which the House of Delegates already reduced from O'Malley's proposed $100 million to $75 million — is expected to come up for a vote in the State Senate today.

In addition to the wind energy issue, O'Malley says he hopes the legislature will pass a gay marriage bill in a future legislative session.

"Somehow we have to find a way to respect people's rights equally," he said.

A bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Maryland passed the State Senate in February, but was pulled from consideration in the House of Delegates in March.

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