Maryland Senate postpones vote on Larry Hogan's veto of felon voting rights bill

The Baltimore Sun
The Senate will not vote on felons' voting rights until next month.

The Maryland Senate on Thursday postponed its attempt to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of legislation that would give felons the right to vote as soon as they leave prison.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, said Thursday the vote was moved to Feb. 5 to allow the chamber time to fill an open seat.

Lawmakers did override five other vetoes Thursday. Two bills will change the way hotel taxes are collected, $2 million will go toward the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, a community arts center in House Speaker Michael E. Busch's district, possession of a marijuana pipe will become a civil offense, not a crime and the power of police and prosecutors to seize property will be limited.

The House of Delegates voted 85-56 to overturn Hogan's veto on Wednesday. The House reached the minimum number of votes needed to override the veto after the bill received 82 votes last year.

The Senate would need 29 votes to overturn the veto.

The Senate passed two versions of the bill last year. One time, the vote was 31-15 and the other time the vote was 29-18.

Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood contributed to this article.

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