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For those State House junkies who can't make it for the debate over the electriicity rates bill, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will pre-empt its regular programming this morning for a live broadcast of the General Assembly's special session.

The Senate proceedings will being at 10. Once the debate there is finished, MPT will broadcast the House of Delegates debate.

"This is not what you'd expect from public television, but it is exactly the kind of coverage MPT wants to provide at a time when viewers have come to expect real-time, 24/7 coverage of breaking news," said Rob Shuman, MPT president said in a statement. "We view this as an integral part of our obligation to the citizens of Maryland."

The session, called to develop a rate relief plan for the 1 million Baltimore Gas & Electric customers facing 72 percent rate increases this summer, will also include debate on a bill restricting sex offenders.

So what are Maryland viewers missing to catch the session?

Well a glance at the MPT website shows that at 10 a.m., it's the Berenstain Bears, followed by Clifford's Puppy Days, It's a Big Big World and finally Barney & Friends. And that's just the morning.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  June 13, 2006; 4:36 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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