ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland General Assembly is shifting into high gear as the end of the session approaches.
Bills Gov. Hogan vetoed have now been overridden and will become law despite his objections.
Gov. Hogan met with members of the State’s Congressional Delegation Friday when the House overrode the last of his vetoes.
Over the objection of the governor, the power has been restored to local jurisdictions to set their own school start dates.
The minimum wage in Maryland will increase to $15 per hour by the year 2025, and the Office of the Comptroller will no longer have oversight on the sales of alcohol in the state.
“It doesn’t come as much of a surprise,” Hogan said. “We had three bills they overrode the veto on out of 3,000. I’d say that’s a pretty good batting average.”
There have been areas of agreement already. A bill signed this week provides unemployment insurance for government workers furloughed during shutdowns.
“It’s about cooperation,” Senate President Mike Miller said during the bill signing, “Coming together, staying together, Democrats and Republicans. This is about protecting our federal employees. It’s a good bill to sign.”
More bills are expected to come.
“A lot of the work, as you know, gets done right here near the end,” Hogan said. “There’s a whole lot of work yet to be done. We’re not going to agree on everything, but I think we are going to find a lot of common ground and keep working together as best we can on the important priorities.”
The session ends on April 8.