The bills sent to Hogan include legislation to curtail the governor’s power in deciding which schools get built, to automatically register people to vote, new rules on when he can make recess appointments, a couple pro-labor union initiatives and a change to the state’s estate tax.
The maneuver triggers a six-day clock for Hogan to sign the bills, veto them or let them become law without his signature. By sending up the bills now, legislative leaders force Hogan to make a decision before the General Assembly adjourns on April 9. The timeline allows for the Democrat-dominated legislature to override the governor before they leave town.
And because it is is an election year, any vetoes the governor issues after April 9 can not be overridden when new lawmakers come to town next year.
Last year, legislative leaders sent the governor a much thicker stack of bills to consider in the waning days of session, including the bill that gave Attorney General Brian E. Frosh authority to sue the Trump administration without seeking Hogan’s permission first.
Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer did not respond to a request for comment.