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What to expect from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's 'State of the State' speech

Gov. Larry Hogan gives the State of the State address Jan. 31, 2018, in the House of Delegates chamber to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly.
Gov. Larry Hogan gives the State of the State address Jan. 31, 2018, in the House of Delegates chamber to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will deliver the first “State of the State” speech of his second term — and his fifth such speech overall — on Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

When is the “State of the State” speech happening?

The speech is at noon Wednesday, Jan. 30.

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The House of Delegates and the state Senate will convene at 11:30 a.m., and senators will cross the hall of the State House to the larger House chamber for the speech. Hogan will be escorted to the House chamber by a bipartisan team of lawmakers.

How can I watch?

The governor’s speech will be streamed on The Baltimore Sun’s website.

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Maryland Public Television will air the speech live on TV. It also will be streamed on MPT’s website and its YouTube channel. MPT will rebroadcast the speech at 7 p.m. on MPT-HD.

You also can listen from the General Assembly’s website. Proceedings on the floor of the House aren’t yet available on video; House Speaker Michael Busch has promised they will be for the 2020 session.

What’s the governor going to talk about?

While Hogan’s second inaugural speech earlier this month focused on broad themes of service and bipartisanship, expect more specifics in this speech.

According to excerpts Hogan’s office released Wednesday morning, he will discuss some targeted tax credits and more oversight of local school systems.

As “Never TrumpRepublicans encourage him to run for president in 2020, Hogan will emphasize bipartisan governing, as he did in his inaugural speech earlier this month.

“We have shown the rest of America that a divided government does not have to be a divisive government,” the text of Hogan’s speech says. “We did our very best to put the people’s priorities ahead of the current national obsessions with partisanship, while striving to change Maryland for the better.”

How long is it going to last?

Look for the speech to wrap up in about a half-hour or so. Hogan’s speech in 2018 lasted 23 minutes. The year before, it was about 30 minutes.

Do the Democrats get to respond?

Yes. The Democrats have selected Del. Kathleen Dumais of Montgomery County, the majority leader in the House of Delegates, to respond to Hogan’s speech. MPT will air her remarks.

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