Governor Larry Hogan talks about Bills that are being signed by himself, Democratic Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller and House of Delegates Speaker Pro tem Adrienne Jones. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun video)
There also are hundreds of non-controversial bills awaiting action, including dozens of bills that adjust local liquor laws
Hogan has until Friday to make final decisions on bills, including issuing any vetoes. Any bill that he doesn’t sign by Friday will automatically become law.
Hogan announced on Thursday that one of the bills that was awaiting his action, which increases renewable energy standards, will become law without his signature. The Clean Energy Jobs Act requires that the state get 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
State lawmakers passed 864 bills and two joint resolutions during their 90-day General Assembly session this year.
If Hogan vetoes any more bills, lawmakers will have to wait to take veto overrides votes the next time they are in session — which is currently scheduled to be their next regular General Assembly session in January.
Hogan also already has announced that he’s allowing a key public school funding bill to become law without his signature. The so-called “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” will send more than $850 million extra to public school classrooms over two years, kicking off the implementation of recommendations of a commission that’s studying ways to improve the state’s schools.
But most bills have gotten Hogan’s signature in a series of bill-signing ceremonies at the State House since the end of the session in April. The lawmakers who sponsored the bills and supporters snake through long lines at the State House before posing for pictures with the governor, House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller in the Governor’s Reception Room.