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The Democratic-led House of Delegates gave its preliminary approval to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget Wednesday. The version passed by the lower chamber departs significantly from Hogan’s plan, beefing up spending on schools, safety net programs and state worker pay.

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  A bill that bans discrimination against people who are transgender cleared the General Assembly on Thursday. It adds gender identity to a list of protected categories like race, sex and religion, and bans discrimination based on gender identity in credit, housing, jobs and public accommodations. And it’s public accommodations that concerned most Republicans and some Democrats and fueled much of the three-hour floor debate.