Some incoming governors might take it easy on their first day running the state. Not so Governor Larry Hogan (it still feels weird to say that).
For his first actions as governor, Hogan issued an executive order removing gender identity as grounds for equal opportunity benefits for executive branch employees; ditched regulations that would ensure that Medicaid couldn’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; and nixed a couple regulations limiting pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay, thus drawing the ire of LGBT Marylanders, fans of the Bay, environmentalists, and other folks statewide. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation deemed it “a sad day for the Bay”; Equality Maryland said that Hogan had started out on the wrong foot.
It’s going to be a long four years, folks.
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