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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Friday - 3/15/2013, 9:30am  ET

Downtown Bethesda

Lockheed Martin Hotel Tax Break Likely Up For Final Vote on Monday — The controversial measure that would exempt the Bethesda-based defense contractor from paying the county’s hotel tax on its Bethesda hotel and training center could go to a full Maryland Senate vote on Monday. On Wednesday, a provision that would have forced Montgomery County to refund the $1.4 million in collected taxes since 2010 was taken out of the bill. [The Gazette]

Federal Government Budget Cuts Mean $8 Million Less For Metro — The transit system will see $8 million less in federal funding for capital projects because of the cuts, which it says could delay bus purchases, station improvements and plans to replace the fare card system with one that would let riders pay for rides with credit cards. Metro typically receives $150 million in federal funding for capital projects a year. [Washington Post]

Transportation Bill Heads To Committee — The Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)-backed gas tax plan and transportation bill heads to the House of Delegates’ Ways and Means Committee for a 1 p.m. hearing today. [Maryland General Assembly]

Chevy Chase Village Again Denied Exemption From Ethics Rules — The Maryland State Ethics Commission on Thursday voted down Chevy Chase Village’s second exemption request from rules it says are too stringent for a municipality of its relatively small size. Two Village Board Members resigned last year rather than divulge information required  by the rules, and remaining ones say other resignations are possible. [The Gazette]

Senior Spelling Bee Coming To Chevy Chase Libary — The Friends of the Library is hosting a Senior Spelling Bee for contestants 55 or over on April 27 at the Chevy Chase Library. [Friends of the Library]