Curtain rises on '07 session

Despite overwhelming majority, Democrats vow bipartisanship

General Assembly

January 11, 2007|By Jennifer Skalka and Justin Fenton | Jennifer Skalka and Justin Fenton,Sun reporters

Democratic leaders gaveled into order the 423rd session of the Maryland General Assembly yesterday in Annapolis with a call for bipartisanship, despite the party's overwhelming advantage in both chambers and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's elevation next week to governor.

"As we go forward from this day on, I believe the most important title that any of us can carry in this chamber is `delegate,'" House Speaker Michael E. Busch told his members.

LAWMAKERS A look at five new faces in Annapolis for this legislative session. pg 5b

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