Maryland’s Working Class

Larry Hogan has been held in check by the Democrats in his first term

but now, the partisan drive for power is on

“Drive for 5” is the Republican effort to break the Democratic supermajority

for Hogan’s final term

So Republicans can craft more conservative legislation if they win back 5 senate seats

That supermajority gave us things like:

Paid sick leave

Better health care

Support for Planned Parenthood

Hogan vetoed paid sick leave: House overrides Hogan veto on sick leave; Miller predicts 'battle' in Senate [http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-sick-leave-veto-20180110-story.html]

Hogan Vetoed Common Sense Legislation Which Adds Teachers And Parents To The Board Of Education. In May 2018, Hogan vetoed, SB 739,  a bill that would have changed the composition of the Maryland Board of Education to include two teachers and a parent. The vetoed legislation would have also made it possible for more school supervisors to join the Maryland State Education Association.  The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) issued a statement calling Hogan partisan for vetoing the legislation that required him to appoint teachers – who would have been recommended by the union – and a parent to the state school board. MSEA president Betty Weller said: "Gov. Hogan is sending a very clear message: He doesn’t believe teachers should have a voice in decisions about our schools, students and profession." [Baltimore Sun, 5/24/18]

Legislature Overrode Hogan Veto To Change The Nominating Process For School Boards In Anne Arundel County. In 2016, Hogan vetoed HB 172, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and School Board Nominating Commission. Hogan declared this bill unconstitutional because it only terminates the terms of the Governor’s members of the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Commission. Hogan: “While the General Assembly may change the appointment method of prospective members of a governmental body, it cannot abrogate the Governor’s authority under Article II, Section 15 of the Maryland Constitution by terminating his current appointees prior to the expiration of their their terms.” [http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/veto_letters/hb0172.pdf]

Hogan Vetoed School Construction Bill. Hogan vetoed HB 1783, the 21st Century School Facilities Act. This legislation would take oversight authority, including over school construction and improvement, out of the hands of the board and transfer it to a commission made up of appointees. Hogan said this legislation “irresponsibly takes away fiscal oversight from statewide elected officials at the same time that a number of ethical lapses, criminal charges, grading irregularities, and procurement crises have occured in multiple Maryland school systems.” [https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/HB-1783.pdf] 

Hogan Vetoed Protect Our Schools Act. Hogan vetoed HB 978, the Protect Our Schools Act of 2017. The Maryland Legislature overrode the Governor’s veto. The Maryland State Education Association said HB 978 protects Maryland schools from privatization and creates a strong, transparent school accountability system. MSEA President: “Gov. Hogan’s veto of the Protect Our Schools Act isn’t out of left field, but it’s certainly out-of-touch. It’s profoundly frustrating that the governor refuses to stand with parent, educator, civil rights groups in support of a smarter, more transparent approach to holding schools accountable, and instead stands with Betsy DeVos in attempting to privatize our public schools. It is also inconsistent with the bipartisan agreement that an over-reliance on standardized testing has led our schools astray from what really matters for our kids.” [https://www.marylandeducators.org/press/msea-statement-gov-hogan’s-anti-public-education-veto]

Hogan Vetoes Education Bills Backed by Teachers. Hogan vetoed three education bills, calling them a "crude attempt" to dilute accountability in Maryland public schools. Hogan said the bills follow "an unfortunate litany of attempts" by state lawmakers to reshape education policy and used his veto letter to criticize lawmakers for not passing bills he pushed to create an "investigator general" to look into school systems, and to criticize other legislation he vetoed in the past. Two of the three bills that Hogan vetoed were backed by the Maryland State Education Association. Hogan: "It is shocking to me, as well as the citizens of Maryland, the lengths the General Assembly will go to weaken accountability that will hurt the performance of our school children." [Baltimore Sun, 5/24/18]

Hogan Vetoed Legislation Prohibiting College Applications To Ask About Criminal History. Hogan vetoed SB 543, legislation that prohibits colleges and universities from using an admissions application containing questions about a prospective student’s criminal history - no matter how violent or lengthy that criminal history may be. In addition, SB 543 limits how a college can use a prospective or incoming student’s criminal history information, curtailing its ability to ensure a safe campus environment. Hogan: “SB 543 jeopardizes student safety by dictating how and when schools can ask about and use criminal history information about potential students. This could lead to situations where a school unknowingly admits a student with a violent past or feels it must accept a student with a criminal history for fear of running afoul of the law.” [http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2017RS/veto_letters/hb0694.pdf]

In April 2017, The Planned Parenthood Bill Passed Into Law Without Hogan’s Signature. “Maryland became the first state to enact a law that will reimburse Planned Parenthood for its services if there are any federal cuts to the organization.Gov. Larry Hogan (R) decided not to veto the measure, which was one of 15 bills that became law at midnight without the governor's signature. The measure, which allocates nearly $3 million to help pay for Planned Parenthood services, was one of the 27 bills the state’s General Assembly sent to him last week.[The Hill, 4//6/17]

Hogan Vetoed Clean Jobs Legislation. In 2016, Hogan vetoed HB 1106, legislation that would increase the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard to 25% by 2020. Hogan called this goal of a 25% reduction “laudable, but increasing taxes to achieve this goal is the wrong approach.” Hogan: “This legislation is a tax increase that will be levied upon every single electricity ratepayer in Maryland.” [https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/HB1106-Clean-energy-jobs.pdf]

Maryland Legislature Overrode Hogan’s Veto To Increase The Use Of Renewable Energy. The Maryland legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Hogan’s veto of a bill to increase the use of renewable energy in the state. The legislation will require utility companies in Maryland to buy more energy from sources such as wind turbines, solar panels, and hydroelectric dams. According to the Baltimore Sun: “Democrats argued that the requirement will boost the renewable energy industry, create high-paying jobs, reduce air pollution and combat climate change at a small cost to consumers.” [Baltimore Sun, 02/02/17]

Hogan Vetoed Legislation Decriminalizing Marijuana. Hogan vetoed SB 517, a bill establishing that smoking marijuana in a public place is a civil offense punishable by a fine of up to $500. The bill also legalizes the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia by eliminating criminal penalties.

Hogan: “Smoking marijuana while driving is a serious threat to public safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states ‘While alcohol is clearly the predominant drug in fatal crashes, marijuana is the next drug most frequently found in crash-involved drives...Marijuana even in low to moderate doses negatively affects driving performance in real situations.” [Hogan Veto Message, 5/22/15]

Maryland bill that allows automatic voter registration becomes law without Gov. Hogan’s signature. A bill that allows Maryland residents to automatically register to vote when they interact with state agencies, including the Motor Vehicle Administration, became law without Hogan’s signature.

Because Democrats overrode Hogan’s vetoes on important policies

Larry Hogan:

Wrong for working families

Wrong for Maryland