On its third try in three years, Gov.
's bill to spur development of an offshore wind farm off the coast of
won the approval of a key committee Tuesday night, setting the stage for what is expected to be easy passage on the Senate floor.
, which spurned the bill the past two years, voted 7-4 for this year's version of one of O'Malley's top environmental priorities.
The governor was helped by a change in the composition of the committee, which previously has six members who were committed to voting it down.
Before this year's session, Senate President
replaced one of those opponents with Sen.
Democrat who voted aye on the bill.
, a Baltimore Democrat, reversed her previous opposition. The bill was opposed by the committee's three Republican members, along with Sen.
"This was the biggest hurdle. This was the moment," said Jen Brock-Cancellieri, deputy director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.