Michael E. Busch

Maryland's top court backs Gov. Hogan in fight with legislature over appointment powers

Maryland's top court backs Gov. Hogan in fight with legislature over appointment powers

Gov. Larry Hogan scored a significant legal victory Thursday as the state’s highest court struck down the General Assembly’s attempt to constrain his appointment powers and ordered that two former Cabinet secretaries receive back pay the legislature wanted to withhold from them.

The ruling appears to strengthen the hand of governors in any disputes with the legislature regarding controversial appointments. It also represents a defeat for Democratic Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, who issued an opinion upholding lawmakers’ attempt to prevent the Republican governor from reappointing officials who failed to win Senate confirmation.

The Court of Appeals split 4-3 in the case,...

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