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Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is preparing to announce today whether he will sign or veto legislation aimed at reducing the sting of rising electricity costs.

House leaders decided this would be a fine time to give the governor a little push. The Maryland House Democratic Committee Slate has posted ads on various news web sites that links visitors to a site where they can calculate their utility bills with the new law or without it. It also enables visitors to deliver a message to Ehrlich, urging him "to put politics aside and act on behalf of the people of Maryland. Please sign the state legislature's 15% plan."

It comes one day after Ehrlich said he would not make his decision based on how many letters or phone calls came over the transom.

"That's not a way to exhibit leadership," Ehrlich said.

By  |  June 22, 2006; 9:21 AM ET
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What does Bobby Hairspray know about leadership ? Right , Bobby, don't pay any attention to what citizens may be expressing to you by phone or email. No need to break your clueless streak now.
Best guess--he holds his nose and signs the bill or , more likely let's it become law without his signature. True leadership, Bobby !

Posted by: jmsbh | June 22, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused. I thought the whole point of the silly veto hearing was to hear MD. citizen's views. Does Gov. Erhlich only want to hear the views of those who can afford to take the day off or the lobbyists who already work in Annapolis or does he want to hear from us? I guess my email doesn't matter to him, nor apparently do my utility bills. I'm voting Democratic.

Posted by: Gov doesn't want my views? | June 22, 2006 11:43 AM | Report abuse

It would have been nice if either side showed leadership and actually came up with a good plan as opposed to saving us a WHOLE $2.48 a month.

Posted by: jwiv | June 22, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

It would have been nice if either side showed leadership and actually came up with a good plan as opposed to saving us a WHOLE $2.38 a month.

Posted by: jwiv | June 22, 2006 1:55 PM | Report abuse

87-37 is the override vote. A LOT OF DEFECTIONS.

Looks like the voters are speaking up.

They want CONSUMER CHOICE and NO INTEREST (GA plan has $109 million in interest charges).

This will come back to bite a lot of them in the Novemember election.

Posted by: Bryan | June 23, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Part of our problem in Montgomery County is that the county energy tax has quintupled. The County collected $26 million in 2003 and $ll5 million in 2005. And faith with the voters was broken when the promise to sunset the tax in FY 2007 was broken. Robin Ficker, Independent for County Executive

Posted by: robin ficker | June 23, 2006 11:43 PM | Report abuse

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