Governor Larry Hogan – Official Website of the Governor of Maryland

Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced additional legislation.

Legislation taking effect without signature. A total of 294 additional measures will go into effect without signing pursuant to Article II, Section 17(c) of the Constitution of Maryland:

  • A full list of internal bills that will go into effect without a signature is available here.
  • A full list of Senate bills that will go into effect without a signature is available here.

political veto. The Governor also announced 18 political vetoes on legislative measures pursuant to Article II, Section 17(a) of the Constitution of Maryland:

Senate Bill 926—Labour and Employment—Apprenticeship and Representation on the Apprenticeship and Training Council
“Apprenticeship has increased dramatically and this legislation only seeks to create the redundant and unnecessary 2030 Apprenticeship Commission, which fails to recognize the expansion efforts and continued growth in recorded apprenticeship during my administration. This bill directs the Commission to make recommendations on potentially unrealistic goals and it duplicates the responsibilities assigned to the CTE Committee under Maryland’s Blueprint for the Future. Read the Governor’s letter here.

Senate Bill 420—Employment of Minors—Work Opportunities
“The problem with Senate Bill 420 is not the expansion of labor opportunities to minors, but the serious privacy and security issues that are an unintended consequence of this legislation. a minor to consent to sharing their personal information creates serious privacy and security concerns, as it is unlikely that a minor will understand the potential consequences of such an action or the possibility that a malicious actor could obtain this information. I would be more inclined to support Senate Bill 420 if approval could only be given by a parent or guardian, but again, parental rights are taken away Read the Governor’s letter here.

Senate Bill 478—Committee on Career and Technical Education—Amendments
“The withdrawal of the CTE Committee from the GWDB changes what was originally envisioned with the Master Plan. As we know, the Master Plan is the result of many years of study, work and debate which has included the contributions and comments from stakeholders across the state. The amendment that changed that was inserted on the penultimate day of the legislative session with virtually no input from stakeholders. Moreover, the intent behind the amendment is still unclear and also unclear why this amendment was added as it was never discussed in both houses It is a hasty and haphazard process for such a significant change to a critical process for the future of our children’s educational outcomes and the significant investments made by the state and the taxpayers of Maryland Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 172—Income Tax—Amendment to Subtraction—Union Dues
“I cannot, in good faith, allow House Bill 172 to go into effect and promote such an unfair advantage for unions and activists. By using the tax code to give political power to unions, it creates a political advantage, not only for unions but also for the political parties and candidates they support. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 141—Fairness in the Transportation Sector—Guidelines and Analysis
“With the possibility of a change in the regulatory landscape later in 2022, it is likely that this legislation could be anticipated or superseded by new federal guidelines and regulations. Adopting new state requirements as federal requirements are updated will result in conflicts, inconsistencies, or other unintended consequences. Read the Governor’s letter here.

Senate Bill 612 – Street Racing, Exhibition Driving, and Noise Reduction – Prohibited Acts, Enforcement, and Penalties
“Unfortunately, I believe the changes to SB 612 have inadvertently changed the definition of exhibition driving to require driving two or more motor vehicles in a reckless manner at the same time. Changing the definition of a single vehicle two- or more-motor vehicle inadvertently reverses the original bill, removing law enforcement’s ability to deter exposure driving.Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 1336 – Greater Baltimore Transit Governance and Funding Commission
“House Bill 1336 undermines the General Assembly’s original intent to streamline all transportation agencies under the Maryland Department of Transportation. This bill would effectively remove interdepartmental coordination and collaboration designed to holistically examine the state’s transportation needs. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 862/Senate Bill 163—Elections Act—Polling—Processing and Reporting Procedures
“Maximizing voter turnout and providing citizens with accessible and convenient ways to vote are essential to a healthy democracy. …While this legislation allows a voter to provide a missing signature in a number of ways – including in person, by post, email and text – it is silent on basic security measures such as verifying the signature – Maryland being one of only nine states that does not verify signatures – and does nothing to address the issue of ballot collection. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 1163/Senate Bill 362—Elementary and Secondary Education—Virtual Education—Requirements
“Giving the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) the discretionary power to close underperforming schools, as currently drafted in this bill, gives too much sway to the whims policies, rather than putting learning first. I believe that every parent and every child should have the opportunity to choose the best learning opportunity that suits their circumstances and abilities. This bill will erode that choice by limiting the types of providers local school systems can partner with to deliver a full-time education program. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 632—Baltimore East-West Corridor—Transit Study—Requirements
“MDOT MTA has already programmed approximately $12 million in state funding for the current CMRTP East-West Corridor Project, which will fund the feasibility study, the alternatives analysis phase, and portions of the pre-phases. -NEPA and preliminary design. Conducting an almost identical study in the same area would duplicate work that the MDOT MTA is already conducting and would be an unproductive use of state funds. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 433/Senate Bill 157—Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners—Student Members and Task Force to Study Compensation and Student Members
House Bill 192—Baltimore County Board of Education—Members—Formation and Voting of Student Members
Student council members play a valuable role in the process, but this bill goes too far in proposing to include these members in matters relating to capital and operating budgets. Read the governor’s letters here and here.

Senate Bill 452/House Bill 349—Small Claims—Examination in Support of Enforcement and Examinations in Support of Enforcement—Prohibition
“Senate Bill 452 and House Bill 349 are troubling bills that will effectively eliminate the ability of a creditor or plaintiff to collect money to which a court has determined they are entitled by prohibiting the court from ordering the defendant to appear in court to answer questions about available assets that may be available to pay the judgment, as well as to answer written examinations for the enforcement of the money judgment”. Read the Governor’s letter here.

Senate Bill 819—Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services—Executive Director—Appointment
House Bill 287—Secretary of Health—Professional Qualification Requirement
“Senate Bill 819 and House Bill 287 set a dangerous precedent and significantly undermine voters and the Constitution of Maryland, which gives the executive the power to appoint essential government positions.” Read the Governor’s letter here.

Senate Bill 384—Landlord and Tenant—Stay of Eviction Proceedings for Rental Assistance Determination
Senate Bill 563—Real Property—Repossession Actions—Judgment for Tenants and Proof of Rental License
“Maryland already has some of the strongest tenant protection laws in the country and these bills impose additional burdens on small landlords who are already struggling to stay in business. We will continue to work nationally and locally to help tenants and landlords ensure rent payments and rental licenses are up to date and in good standing. However, the SB 384 and SB 563 won’t do much to help tenants and will make it harder for small landlords and family owners to stay in business. Read the Governor’s letter here.

House Bill 108/Senate Bill 524—Utilities—Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs—Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing
“This legislation will increase taxpayer costs by hundreds of millions of dollars a year and likely exacerbate existing program debt that is already approaching $1 billion. Turbulent energy prices and runaway inflation should prompt lawmakers to offer relief to their constituents. Instead, they have done the exact opposite in this bill. Read the Governor’s letter here.

A list of duplicate vetoes is available here.


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