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Senate postpones vote on nomination of DNR head

Friday - 1/31/2014, 6:57pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland Senate has delayed a vote on the nomination of Joseph Gill to be the secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Senate on Friday put off the vote on Gill's nomination until Feb. 14.

Republican Sen. Richard Colburn said on the Senate floor that his request to hold off on a vote was due to a conversation he was told about between Gill and Robert Brown, who is president of the Maryland Waterman's Association.

Colburn says Gill told Brown he would cut fishing quotas, if the bill clarifying DNR's ability to restrict fishing in certain areas didn't pass. In a letter to Brown, Gill says he only intended to convey a possible outcome if the bill didn't pass. He apologized if the comments were interpreted personally.

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