Gov. Hogan wants controversy-free state government

Posted at 11:15 PM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 23:15:34-05

Governor Larry Hogan wants to clean up the State House and run a government that's free of controversy.

That's why he's proposing standards for ethics that will allow normal citizens to see how the government is working without thinking something shady is going on.

This legislative session started rocky with federal indictments handed down from a corruption investigation. Then a delegate ran into trouble for allegedly influencing marijuana legislation.

"We had a situation this week where one of our current members of the legislature used his office for his own personal gain to make tons of money and get two marijuana licenses after he wrote the bill, lobbied for the bill, appointed his friends to commission, and then lobbied them to give him a license," Gov. Hogan said. "Under no circumstances should that be okay. And under our ethics laws, that would never be able to happen again."

The governor feels both sides will work this ethics measure out and that Annapolis will be better off.