Public outrage over a planned 72 percent increase in electricity rates has prompted Maryland’s state lawmakers to pass two unprecedented pieces of legislation this week giving them the power to derail the $11.4 billion proposed merger between Constellation Energy Group Inc. and Florida’s FPL Group Inc. and overhaul the state’s Public Service Commission.

The House of Delegates approved the bill giving the General Assembly the authority to rule on the proposed merger with a 111-25 roll call vote that had strong bipartisan support — about half the Republicans joined almost all Democrats.

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