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The Session Ends: Late Night Surprises

The 90-day General Assembly session never ends without some unexpected late-night action -- or inaction. Before finishing up last night at midnight:

* The Senate failed to pass a compromise version of a bill that would allow counties to install speed cameras in school zones and neighborhoods. The bill was one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's priorities, and versions of it passed both the House and Senate. But at the last minute, Republicans in the Senate threatened a filibuster, and the clock ran out before a vote.

* Legislation died that would have awarded liquor licenses to restaurants at the massive new National Harbor development in Prince George's County, apparently the victim of a dispute between developer Milton Peterson and Sen. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's). The developer will now likely have to seek less-comprehensive licenses through the county liquor board.

For full coverage of the end of the session, see this story by John Wagner, Lisa Rein and Philip Rucker.

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 8, 2008; 7:34 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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