MARYLAND

Key bills die in Maryland General Assembly

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While legislative victories for the Maryland General Assembly include a death penalty repeal bill and the passing of a gun control measure, several bills that garnered enthusiasm early on failed to secure the votes needed for approval.

A measure to change a court ruling that designated pit bulls as an "inherently dangerous" breed failed in the final hours of the legislative session.

The state's minimum wage will remain at $7.25 per hour despite the efforts of some lawmakers to pass legislation that would increase the rate to $10 by 2015.

Lawmakers also ended the session without approving a bill to make changes to the school zone speed camera program. The bill was touted by supporters as an important safety measure and reviled by opponents as an invasion of privacy.

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