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ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Maryland PIRG is delivering petitions urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to support a measure to create a 5-cent redeemable bottle deposit.

Supporters said they will be delivering 7,000 signatures to the Maryland State House on Monday.

Joanna Guy, a program associate with Maryland PIRG, said the initiative could triple the state's recycling rates and reduce litter.

Meanwhile, Maryland's House of Delegates will likely vote Tuesday on a plan to help residents who have struggled with the state's health insurance exchange online. The proposed bill would let customers sign up for retroactive coverage in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, a separate safety net plan.

Private insurance companies in the health exchange opened similar retroactive coverage options, but a deadline to register was last week.

The Senate approved the bill Jan. 21.

Also this week, Del. Jon Cardin, a Democrat running for attorney general, will push for an expansion of "Grace's Law."

The version that passed last year makes it a misdemeanor to physically threaten or emotionally harm children over social media. Cardin wants it to protect adults as well. He will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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