Governor Larry Hogan – Official Website of the Governor of Maryland
Annapolis, MD-Governor Larry Hogan today announced in letters to the General Assembly that, pursuant to Article II, Section 17 of the Constitution of Maryland, he has vetoed the following legislation passed in the legislative session from 2022:
HB 90 – State Personnel Management System – Office of the Public Defender – Placement and Collective Bargaining
HB 580 – Maryland Transit Administration Police – Collective Bargaining – Supervisors and Sergeants
“These pieces of legislation seek to change labor practices that have worked for decades, while creating several tax and operational burdensome challenges.” Read the Governor’s letter here.
SB 53 – Juvenile Rights – Child Questioning Protection Act
“After careful consideration of the duel priorities of protecting the constitutional rights of young people as well as public safety and criminal investigations, it is clear that Senate Bill 53 fails to strike an appropriate balance that protects young people. and the public security of the State.” Read the Governor’s letter here.
SB 259 – Procurement – Going Wage – Applicability
“By making public works projects more expensive, employment opportunities will decrease as fewer projects are funded; competition weakens as small businesses are deterred from bidding for government contracts; and ultimately taxpayers will end up paying more while receiving less. Read the Governor’s letter here.
SB 1 – State Finance and Procurement – Going Wages – Stop Work Orders
“Senate Bill 1 could negatively impact the prevailing wage system, make contractors less likely to want to perform prevailing wage work, and could lead to less competition and higher prices for public works projects. » Read the Governor’s letter here.
HB 937 – Abortion Care Access Act
“As governor, I have fulfilled my commitment not to take any action that would affect Maryland law with respect to reproductive rights. By this action, I reaffirm that commitment. … The only impact this bill would have on women’s reproductive rights would be to roll back standards of health care and safety for women Read the Governor’s letter here.
HB 609 – Local Health Officers – Withdrawal – Process
“House Bill 609 sets a dangerous precedent and significantly undermines voters and the Constitution of Maryland, which gives the executive the power to appoint critical government positions.” Read the Governor’s letter here.
SB 514/HB 778 – Transportation – Investment Program – MARC Rail Service
“While I support the intent of this legislation to improve public transit, as evidenced by my record investment in public transit to date, it must be done in a way that is fiscally responsible and does not limit the MDOT’s ability to adapt to changing conditions. Read the Governor’s letter here.
SB 275 – Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment
“Had the General Assembly moved forward with a family leave proposal that meets the Obama administration’s small business definition, I would have been more inclined to support it. An innovative and thoughtful approach to family leave that is flexible for both employee and employer is important to improving the quality of life in the state. However, this legislation is not backed by any actuarial analysis, no viable plan for implementation, and leaves the smallest of small businesses vulnerable to insurmountable regulatory burdens. Read the Governor’s letter here.
HB 1021 – Public Safety – Licensed Firearms Dealers – Security Requirements
“This legislation was rushed through the Senate, where the public had virtually no opportunity to intervene, and reasonable amendments that would have made the bill more palatable to industry and stakeholders were essentially ignored and discarded without meaningful consideration.” Read the Governor’s letter here.
Legislation takes effect without signature
Also today, pursuant to Article II, Section 17(c) of the Constitution of Maryland, Governor Hogan announced that a number of measures will become law without his signature, including:
SB 528 – Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022
HB 740/SB 566 – National pension and retirement system – Investment climate risk – Fiduciary duties
“While I am disappointed in SB 528’s early and politically motivated disregard for the Maryland Commission’s consensus-based, science-based approach to climate change and economically modeled recommendations, I am encouraged by some of the subsequent revisions to the bill. which are more in line with my administration’s insistence on ambitious but achievable climate solutions. Read the governor’s letter here.
This morning, the governor again called on the Maryland General Assembly to pass emergency legislation to hold violent criminals accountable, while allowing SB 387/HB 425 to become law without his signature.
For a complete list of domestic bills Governor Hogan will allow to become law without his signature, click here.
For a full list of Senate bills Governor Hogan will allow to become law without his signature, click here.