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Plenty of heart in the Senate

There are few places, it would seem, where Valentine's Day is a bigger holiday than on the floor of the Maryland Senate.

Several female members and staff wore red power suits today. Some of their male counterparts donned ties adorned by hearts and passed out chocolates. And Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) continued his tradition of buying flower arrangements for all 15 of the women who sit in the chamber.

After receiving several expressions of gratitude, Miller predicted from the rostrum that one day women will outnumber men in the 47-member chamber -- "I just know the future before it happens," Miller said -- and at that point, he said, the tradition should be reversed, with women giving flowers to the men.

Miller had some advice for the women for when that time comes: "Save your pennies, because these flowers get more expensive every year."

He's not kidding: Miller's campaign finance report for last year lists a $963.40 expense for "Valentine's flowers" and "flowers for a funeral."

By John Wagner  |  February 14, 2006; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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