Hogan resumes work in Annapolis

Erin Cox
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Gov. Hogan returns base of state government to Annapolis.

Gov. Larry Hogan shifted his base of operations back to Annapolis Monday after spending a full week in Baltimore to deal with the unrest. 

While the city is still under the state of emergency he declared more than a week ago, the governor spent Monday and Tuesday in meetings and dealing with much of the state business that had been set aside last week when he  called the National Guard into Baltimore to help keep the peace.  

National Guard spokesman Col. Charles S. Kohler said Tuesday afternoon the guard was still packing up their gear and hoped to be out of the city by the end of the day. 

"We still have some people in the city," Kohler said. "We're seeing how it's going."

In Annapolis, Hogan began to attend to matters large and small, attending two security briefings and meeting with the South Korean ambassador to the United States Ahn Ho-Young for a previously scheduled event Monday.  

Tuesday, he announced a new leader of the state's lottery commission and was crafting a message to state employees to celebrate Wednesday's previously scheduled employee appreciation day. 

Hogan relocated his senior staff and Cabinet to Baltimore satellite offices last week in order to be closer to the ground as demonstrations over Freddie Gray's death in police custody roiled the city. 

As Baltimore begins to return to a more normal routine, the governor returned to the state capitol, where more than 500 bills are awaiting his signature. The governor canceled a bill signing event scheduled last week where he planned to sign several laws that would double how much people can be awarded in civil lawsuits filed against state governments. 

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