Maryland Senate OKs Metro safety bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland Senate has approved a measure for a Metro safety program, after the federal government threatened to withhold millions of dollars.

The Senate voted 45-0 on Friday for the bill, which now goes to the House.

Federal officials announced last week they would withhold funding from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia until they create a new Metro safety commission.

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The District already has approved the measure. The legislation has received initial approval in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, but a final bill has not yet been passed.

Officials said they would withhold about $8.9 million from the city and two states through April. That could grow to roughly $15 million through the end of fiscal year 2017, if the commission isn't created by then.

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