HOGAN VETOES BILLS: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed five bills Friday, characterizing some as meddling by the General Assembly and dismissing another as a tax. Three of the vetoes reject plans to increase oversight of the state’s mass transit agency, raise money to replace the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge in Southern Maryland and increase the amount of electricity derived from renewable sources such as the sun or wind. Senate President Mike Miller, a Prince George’s County Democrat, declined to comment, Erin Cox and Michael Dresser report for the Sun.
The vetoes set the stage for another battle with the Democratic-controlled General Assembly at the start of the 2017 legislative session. This year’s session opened with the legislature overriding every one of the first-term governor’s 2015 vetoes and ended with lawmakers overturning two vetoes of bills that Hogan made before the Assembly adjourned, Ovetta Wiggins and Josh Hicks of the Post are reporting.
Among the rejected measures are legislation mandating increases in the amount of electricity generated by wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020; a bill establishing a transit oversight board; and a measure requiring the state to set aside funds to pay for the replacement of the aging Gov. Harry T. Nice Bridge in southern Maryland, Bryan Sears reports for the Daily Record.