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Maryland Moment gives you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week:


* The General Assembly convenes tonight at the State House in Annapolis for a special session that will consider measures to close a projected $1.7 billion state budget shortfall. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will open the session with a speech at 8:30 p.m. The hearing schedule for the week is here.

If the General Assembly passes O'Malley's plan to close the shortfall by raising taxes and legalizing slot-machine gambling, he undoubtedly will be given most of the credit for tackling a long-festering problem that his predecessors largely avoided, analysts and lawmakers say. But if the session ends in stalemate, it will be a major embarrassment for the governor, who is summoning lawmakers to Annapolis against the advice of their leaders. Here is an analysis by John Wagner.


* The County Council on Tuesday will consider 33 high school students nominated by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to serve on the youth commission. The council meets at 10 a.m. in the Council Hearing Room on the main floor of the County Administration Building, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. A full list can be found here.

* Also on Tuesday, the Bi-County Committee of the Prince George's House delegation will hold a public hearing on bills submitted for the regular legislative session session starting in January related to issues that affect both Montgomery and Prince George's. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks & Recreation Administration Building, 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riiverdale.


* The Montgomery County Council is expected to take straw votes on proposed revisions to the growth policy. The council meets at 9:45 a.m. at the council office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 29, 2007; 5:55 AM ET
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