Lawmakers end busy session -- but no dog-bite bill


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned after a highly productive legislative session, but without passing a measure to address liability for dog bites in the state that was prompted by a court ruling last year. However, a campaign finance reform bill did pass.
The Legislature wrapped up its work at midnight Monday. The most ambitious legislation backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley already had passed last week or earlier. Those measures included a major gun-control measure, a repeal of capital punishment and a bill to help develop offshore wind energy. 
While a bill to change the law to address a court ruling last year that defined pit bulls as an "inherently dangerous" breed did, a campaign finance reform bill was passed in the waning hours. It closes loopholes in the state's campaign finance law. 
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