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Maryland must pay cabinet secretaries who weren't confirmed, judge rules

Maryland must pay cabinet secretaries who weren't confirmed, judge rules

An Anne Arundel County judge ruled Thursday that the state must pay two of Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet secretaries who were not confirmed by the legislature.

Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ordered the state to pay acting health secretary Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters, who had been acting secretary of planning, retroactively to July 1 when they stopped receiving paychecks following actions by state lawmakers.

The state Senate confirms all of the governor’s cabinet picks. But the full Senate did not vote on Hogan’s nominations of Schrader and Peters during the General Assembly session that ended in April.

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