ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has moved a Cabinet secretary to another job to restore her pay, after a dispute with the state Senate over her ability to serve without confirmation.
Hogan said Friday that Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Wendi Peters has been appointed to be special secretary for Smart Growth. Hogan has named Robert McCord to be acting secretary, while a search is conducted for a permanent appointee.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Shoot and Kill Suspect In Woodlawn; 2 Other Victims Found Dead
Meanwhile, the governor says Dennis Schrader, the state’s health secretary, will continue to serve in that capacity without confirmation.READ MORE: Police Activity near Kent Island Causing Major Delays At Bay Bridge
Last month, Peters and Schrader sued for their salaries, after the state treasurer refused to pay them, because they have not received Senate confirmation. The lawsuit set up a legal fight over the constitutional powers of the legislative and executive branches of government.COVID-19 In Maryland: Positivity Rate Continues To Fall As More Than 600 Cases Are Reported Saturday
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