Maryland governor announces vetoes and bills he won’t sign – NBC4 Washington
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced vetoes to measures the General Assembly presented to him last week, as well as some of the bills that have passed and will go into effect without his signature.
The legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, has until midnight Monday to override the Republican governor’s vetoes. The General Assembly needs a three-fifths vote in both houses to override a veto. Here’s a look at some of the bills that were vetoed, as well as some that will go into effect without Hogan’s signature:
PAID FAMILY LEAVE
Hogan vetoed a bill to create a paid family leave program in the state. Democrats, who control the legislature, passed the legislation with enough votes to override the veto.
Hogan announced he would veto a bill that would expand access to abortion by allowing nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform them and requiring most abortion plans to insurance cover abortion care free of charge. The legislation passed with enough votes to override the veto.
A bill that sets accelerated greenhouse gas reduction targets and takes various steps to slow climate change will come into effect without Hogan’s signature. The bill would accelerate Maryland’s current goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% of 2006 levels to 60% by 2031. It also sets the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by by 2045 in the state.
A bill requiring the state retirement system to consider the potential impact of climate change when managing the system’s assets will also go into effect without Hogan’s signature.
Legislation that would begin implementing recreational marijuana, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.
JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM
The governor vetoed a bill that would prohibit a law enforcement officer from conducting an in-custody interrogation of a child unless the child has consulted with an attorney. A separate measure which generally states that a child under the age of 13 will not be subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for delinquency proceedings and cannot be charged with a crime, will come into effect without his signature.
A measure to ban so-called “ghost weapons,” which don’t have serial numbers, will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.
Hogan vetoed a bill that requires gun dealers to implement security measures in stores.
CARE FOR PREGNANT IMMIGRANTS
A bill requiring the state’s Medicaid program to provide medical care to pregnant immigrants who would otherwise qualify for their immigration status and their babies will go into effect without Hogan’s signature.
STATE PARK FUNDING
A bill to increase funding for state parks will go into effect without the governor’s signature.
ABDUCTION OF HEALTH WORKERS
The governor vetoed a bill that repeals a provision of the law that provides for a county health officer to serve at the pleasure of the health secretary and county officials. It creates hearing requirements related to the removal of a health worker from office.
Hogan vetoed a bill that allows a state Department of Labor official to issue a stop work order for a job site where the official determines a contractor may have violated wage requirements in force.