Democratic members of the Maryland Senate caucused Wednesday morning in Annapolis, apparently summoned by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to discuss the prospects for special sessions of the General Assembly this year.
More than half the members of the Senate's majority party got together at 8 a.m. in the James Senate Office Building. Senators said they expect Miller to take soundings on how much support he could count on for plans to raise income taxes to avert hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts. One Senate source said Miller is also expected to try to line up backing for a plan to expand gambling in Maryland by permitting a new casino in Prince George's County while allowing table games at all existing and planned slots-only casinos.
Miller said he does expect a special session to convene sometime in the week of May 14.
The senators were joined at their closed-doors meeting by three top aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley: Budget Secretary T. Eloise Foster, chief of staff Matt Gallagher and chief legislative officer Joseph Bryce.