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House Chair Pledges Support For O'Malley's Wind Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A key House lawmaker is now backing Gov. Martin O'Malley's offshore wind bill and says an initial vote could come as soon as Wednesday.

House Economic Matters Committee Chairman Dereck Davis, D-Prince George's, said Tuesday he will support the governor's proposal but that he's not sure if the proposal has enough support from his committee members to pass.

Lawmakers are six days away from ending their work this session, and many of O'Malley's measures still hang in the balance.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, chafed at O'Malley's Public Service Commission for opposing a guaranteed rate of return on a massive offshore wind transmission line being financed in part by Google, while supporting establishing a mandatory market in Maryland for offshore wind.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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