General Assembly Swiftly Overrides Hogan’s Vetoes

On Saturday, the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact ten bills into law over the governor’s vetoes.

Governor Hogan allowed more than two dozen bills to become law without his signature, including a MACo Legislative Initiative to clarify and update election laws emphasizing fairness, transparency, and accountability. In addition, a statewide paid family and medical leave program, also known as FMLA, will become law without the governor’s signature.

Veto Overrides

On Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced in letters to the General Assembly that, in accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, he vetoed the following legislation passed during the 2022 legislative session:

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 alter labor practices that have worked for decades, while creating several burdensome fiscal and operational hardships.” Read the governor’s letter here.

SB 53 – Juvenile Law – Child Interrogation Protection Act
“After careful consideration of the dueling priorities of protecting both youth constitutional rights as well as public safety and criminal investigations, it is clear that Senate Bill 53 fails to strike an appropriate balance that protects the youth and public safety of the state.” Read the governor’s letter here.

SB 259 – Procurement – Prevailing Wage – Applicability

“By making public work projects more expensive, job opportunities will decrease as fewer projects are funded; competition will falter as smaller firms are deterred from bidding on State contracts; and ultimately, taxpayers will end up paying more while receiving less.” Read the governor’s letter here.

SB 1 – State Finance and Procurement – Prevailing Wage – Stop Work Orders

“Senate Bill 1 may negatively impact the prevailing wage system, make contractors less likely to want to perform prevailing wage work, and could result in less competition and increased pricing on public works projects.” Read the governor’s letter here.

HB 937 – Abortion Care Access Act

“As governor, I have upheld my commitment to take no action that would affect Maryland law where it concerns reproductive rights. With this action, I am reaffirming that commitment. … The only impact that this bill would have on women’s reproductive rights would be to set back standards for women’s health care and safety.” Read the governor’s letter here.

HB 609 – Local Health Officers – Removal – Process

“House Bill 609 creates a dangerous precedent and significantly undermines the voters and the Maryland Constitution, which entrusts the executive branch with making appointments to critical government roles.” Read the governor’s letter here.

SB 514/HB 778 – Transportation – Investment Program – MARC Rail Service

“While I am supportive of the intent of this legislation to improve transit, as demonstrated by my record-level investment in transit to date, it must be done in a fiscally responsible manner and in one that does not limit the MDOT’s ability to adapt to evolving 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 adhered to the Obama administration’s definition of small businesses, I would have been more inclined to support it. An innovative and thoughtful approach to family leave that is flexible for both the employee and employer is important to improve the quality of life in the state. However, this legislation is backed by no 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 fast-tracked in the Senate, where there was essentially no opportunity for the public to weigh in, and reasonable amendments that would have made the bill more palatable for the industry and stakeholders were essentially ignored and discarded without meaningful consideration.” Read the governor’s letter here.

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