That willingness to compromise on environmental issues is starting to seem something of a pattern. Earlier in the session, Mr. Hogan agreed to tough new rules on phosphorus that Eastern Shore poultry farmers had initially protested as costly and burdensome restrictions because they would prevent some farmers from spreading chicken manure as fertilizer on their fields as they've done in the past. Mr. Hogan initially pulled Gov. Martin O'Malley's version of those regulations but eventually agreed to standards that, while delayed two years, are largely what his predecessor sought. By some estimates, Mr. Hogan's agriculture secretary, former Baltimore County Councilman Joe Bartenfelder, has actually been a more effective and enthusiastic advocate for the so-called Phosphorus Management Tool than Mr. O'Malley's was.