ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers has decided to create a commission to study how to address rising pension costs for state employees.
A conference committee wrapped up work on reconciling differences made to Gov. Martin O'Malley's $13.2 billion operating budget on Thursday.
They decided to form the commission instead of going along with a Senate plan that would have shifted some teacher pension costs to counties beginning in fiscal year 2012.
The panel also restored the full $20 million O'Malley set aside for a fund to help clean up pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
The committee also decided against ending the state's legislative scholarship program, an idea backed by the House of Delegates.
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Read House Bill 150: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0150.htm
Read House Bill 151: http://mlis.state.md.us/2010rs/billfile/HB0151.htm