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Bryan Sears covers the governor and General Assembly, state politics and transportation for Maryland Matters. He has covered the Maryland State House for the last two decades at the Baltimore Sun Media Group, Patch.com and most recently, The Daily Record. Sears has won multiple state and national awards for police and crime reporting, local and state government coverage and investigative reporting that resulted in a guilty plea by a government official for stealing from his own campaign account. He’s a frequent radio and television contributor.

An agency veteran, Daniel K. Phillips, takes over as interim director, replacing Michael Higgs.

A House and Senate budget conference committee will finalize details of the annual spending plan on Thursday afternoon. We have the basics of the deal here.

A House-Senate conference committee will meet again Wednesday afternoon but neither side appears to have softened on taxes and gaming.

Bill would provide wage replacement to affected workers and incentivize businesses to remain at the Port of Baltimore.

The $1.2 billion tax, fee and gaming package from the House remains the sticking point for senators. And it isn’t clear when the budget conference committee will meet again.

Some Democrats raised concerns about the Republican nominee’s temperament to serve on the Maryland State Board of Elections. She was confirmed on a 32-12 vote.

The House and Senate are at odds over a measure designed to improve the approval process for higher education programs.

Proposal to protect income of workers is introduced as governor eyes scholarships for families of transportation workers who die on the job.

Bill would allow the governor to extend a state of emergency to replace critical infrastructure while limiting some broader powers. Feds deliver $60 million in initial aid to state.

House-Senate budget conference committee to ‘talk about it some more’ and meet again on Monday.