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O'Malley Hosts Last Bill-Signing Ceremony, But Wind Farm Proposal Still On His Desk

O'Malley signing a bill banning discrimination against transgender residents yesterday in Annapolis.
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O'Malley signing a bill banning discrimination against transgender residents yesterday in Annapolis.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley held the last bill-signing ceremony of his tenure yesterday in Annapolis, and despite it being his last year in office, there's still one more bill that he has to deal with.

O'Malley started yesterday's signing ceremony with a tinge of nostalgia, thanking all the lawmakers he's worked with during his two terms. "I'm very very proud to have been able to have served with all of you. You reflect the goodness of the people of Maryland. And I will always be grateful for the privilege of having served at your side," he said.

But there is one bill remaining from this year's session the governor has yet to sign — or veto. It delays a windfarm project off Somerset County on the Eastern Shore until a study can be completed on whether the windmills would affect radar at the Naval Air Station Patuxtent River on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay.

O'Malley has long been a big supporter of offshore wind, but according to his spokeswoman has not yet made his mind up on what to do with the bill. He has eight days to make a decision.

Meanwhile, of the bills that were signed yesterday, the measure offering discrimination protections to transgender people was the headliner. But another was very near and dear to House Speaker Mike Busch, whose two daughters were in attendance. It creates a task force to study sports injuries among high school females.

"They are almost five times more prevalent than they are in men. Unfortunately, both of my daughters experienced ACL operations," he said.

The study will be completed at the end of next year.

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