ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates gave initial approval to a budget package and a doubling of the state's "flush tax" on Thursday night.

The House advanced the budget package and the tax increase on sewer bills after a marathon session that plodded on for more than nine straight hours.

At noon, drivers raised a noisy protest to tax proposals just outside the Maryland State House by driving around the building honking their horns while lawmakers debated. Some lawmakers peered out the windows to see what the ruckus was about.

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