Can lawmaker vote twice on same bill?

Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 12:21:32-05

Maryland lawmakers have a potential quandary on their hands that's rare, if not unprecedented: Can one of their own vote twice on the same bill?

At issue is a measure allowing felons to vote while on probation or parole. Supporters say the measure will help reintegrate felons into society, but opponents say those felons haven't yet paid their debt to society.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed it. The House barely overrode the veto.

Here's where it gets tricky: the lawmaker who will likely be the deciding Senate vote was recently appointed to his seat after already voting for the override as a member of the House. While Democrats say recent legal advice of counsel indicates it's OK for the new senator to vote in his new role, Republicans aren't so sure.