Last summer and fall, Governor Hogan appointed new members of the board, but they quickly ran afoul of community groups and others who accused them of failing to follow the law in their decisions about current and prospective licensees. The three Hogan appointees got a grilling from the Senate Executive Nominations Committee, and the full Senate eventually voted them down. The appointment reform bill, sponsored by Sen. Joan Carter Conway and the rest of the city Senate delegation, passed the Senate 43-2 and the House 90-46. Mr. Hogan is right that much of the back-and-forth was about politics, and there were plenty of jabs behind the scenes on both sides. But as a matter of policy, the Senate bill gets to more or less the right place.