ANNAPOLIS — Following more than four hours of deliberation, the Maryland House of Delegates made history in a surprise decision Wednesday afternoon, voting Del. Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) the next Speaker of the House.
By Natalie Jones, David Jahng, Charlie Youngmann, Daniel Oyefusi, Jared Beinart Capital News Service
ANNAPOLIS — It was a bittersweet and busy day for Maryland legislators as they pushed to get their bills through both House and Senate chambers on Sine Die, the final day of the General Assembly on Monday.
Over 2,400 bills from both chambers and resolutions were proposed in this year’s General Assembly, and at the close of the session Monday night, 864 bills and two resolutions had passed.
ANNAPOLIS—Maryland school districts will now have the ability to again start their school year before Labor Day, overturning a previous executive order by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
One day after the Maryland Senate voted to override Hogan’s veto of a bill that would give power to local school boards to determine their respective calendars, the House of Delegates voted Friday to override the measure as well.
The House voted 93-43 to join the Senate in overriding Hogan’s veto.
Delegate Anne Healey (D-Prince George’s County), who served on a year-long task force to study a post-Labor Day start for Maryland public schools, said Hogan’s veto “short circuited” the work of the task force.
Healey said more flexibility was required for schools that needed to account for additional religious holidays and athletics.
Delegate Haven Shoemaker (R-Carroll County) argued against overriding the veto, pointing to numerous businesses that would benefit from the additional week of summer vacation.
On Thursday, the Senate voted 32-15 along party lines to override Hogan’s veto.
Hogan on Wednesday vetoed Senate bill 128, saying that the legislation “unravels years of bipartisan work and study” and citing polls revealing that the bill runs counter to the wishes of most Marylanders.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s County), overturns Hogan’s 2016 executive order mandating schools start after Labor Day.
“The executive order does not respect the diversity of our state,” said Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery County).
This was the last of three veto overrides to occur this week. Both chambers also voted Thursday to override Hogan’s veto of a bill to strip alcohol and tobacco regulation from the state comptroller, and a bill to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15.
CNS reporter Natalie Jones contributed to this story.
The Wow Air counter at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, usually buzzing with travelers and employees, sat barren without a soul on Thursday, a stark symbol of the airline’s sudden closure.
ANNAPOLIS — One day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) vetoed three bills on $15 minimum wage, school districts setting their own calendars and stripping alcohol and tobacco regulation from the state comptroller, the Maryland General Assembly fought back to override him Thursday.
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland state legislation could increase the tax credit received for electric cars to $3,000 per vehicle.
Marylander’s currently receive $100 times the number of kilowatt-hours of the battery capacity of their electric vehicle with a maximum of $3,000. With this bill, each new electric vehicle purchased will count for $3,000 regardless of battery size.