Governor Hogan uses veto power to disapprove several bills

Posted at 10:34 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 09:36:23-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan vetoed several bills that made it to his desk on Wednesday.

One of the bills vetoed was Senate Bill 128, Community Control of School Calendars Act. This legislation would have allowed the community to control school calendars and start dates.

Governor Hogan believes the bill runs directly counter to an action favored by the vast majority of Marylanders.

"This unfortunate legislation unravels years of bipartisan work and study by seeking to reverse the post-Labor Day school start for public schools," said Hogan.

The governor also vetoed House Bill 1052, which would have created a new commission, led by political appointees to replace the nationally-renowned Field Enforcement Division that has been housed in the Office of the Comptroller. This legislation aimed to take away regulatory power from Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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Comproller Franchot released a statement saying the bill achieved no public good and was proposed to punish him for his efforts to support Maryland craft breweries.

“In light of the outrageous improprieties of several University of Maryland Medical System board members, it’s especially brazen and irresponsible for leaders of the General Assembly to use the legislative process to carry out political vendettas that lessens oversight and enables special interests to handpick their regulator. Now more than ever, legislative leaders need to take steps to restore faith and trust in our government, and this bill flies directly in the face of efforts to make government more transparent," said Franchot.

The House and Senate can still move to override the veto with a super-majority, that is a 60 percent vote.