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Hogan wants more openness, more names in filling legislative seats

In filling the three legislative vacancies he has created in building his new administration, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said he'd like to see a more open nominating process used by the Republican central committees and more candidate names for him to fill the seats. Hogan told reporters: "We'd like to encourage them to make the process more transparent."

Union service fees for all teachers would have to be negotiated

Service fees for representation by teachers unions in over half of Maryland's counties would have to be negotiated under a bill that passed the House of Delegates last week and has a Senate hearing Tuesday. The fees would have to be paid by non-union members for bargaining and other services provided by the unions.

House gives tentative OK to $34 billion budget, rejecting GOP cuts

The full House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday night to an overall state budget of $34 billion for fiscal 2012, 2.8% higher than this year. After nearly 4½ hours of debate, the budget as passed by the House Appropriations Committee emerged unscathed. The House rejected a series of 14 amendments to cut the budget with various components of the Republican budget proposal or to add pieces of failed bills.