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O'Malley mum on special session

Tuesday - 4/10/2012, 1:41pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Martin O'Malley isn't saying whether he will call a special session to try to make up for the failure of a proposed budget compromise in the waning hours of the Maryland General Assembly.

O'Malley appeared at an uneasy bill signing ceremony on Tuesday with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch, just hours after a deal to avoid more than $500 million in cuts collapsed.

O'Malley described the budget outcome as "pretty much the low point of my experience here." He described it as "really a damn shame."

Miller, D-Calvert, says the state has until the start of the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, to have a special session lasting one or two days to pass a plan to avoid the cuts.

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