Third, there is the legal question about whether state construction money can be spent on window air conditioning. The Inter-Agency Committee on School Construction (the body that had for decades made decisions about what projects should get state funding before Messrs. Hogan and Franchot decided to insert themselves in the process) has had a policy against it on the grounds that the state's limited funds should be reserved for long-term investments, not things that wear out. Messrs. Hogan and Franchot pressured the IAC, as it is known, to change the policy, but to date it has not done so. In January, the Board of Public Works voted to change the Code of Maryland Regulations to specifically authorize that use. Per state law, the proposed regulation went through a public comment period, and during that time, the General Assembly inserted language in the fiscal 2017 budget prohibiting school construction funds from being used for any purpose not authorized as of Jan. 1, 2016, and the legislature's committee that reviews new regulations put this one on hold.