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Gov. Hogan's nominee to utility regulator faces Senate grilling over emails

Gov. Hogan's nominee to utility regulator faces Senate grilling over emails

An appointee of Gov. Larry Hogan to the independent agency that regulates Maryland utilities faces tough questioning before a Senate committee Monday over allegations he improperly communicated with administration officials.

Michael T. Richard, a former deputy chief of staff to the Republican governor, has been summoned to appear before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee to explain why he should be confirmed in the position he now holds on a tentative basis on the Public Service Commission.

A consumer advocacy group and clean-energy think tank are calling on senators to reject his nomination. Sen. Jamie Raskin, the Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the committee,...

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