Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday renewed his objections to outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) issuing major regulations and taking other controversial actions in the waning weeks of his tenure.
“I’m very opposed to all of these important decisions being made in the midnight hour of this administration,” Hogan told reporters following a meeting in Annapolis with the state’s five Republican county executives. “I think it’s a mistake. I think the people of Maryland have voted to go in a different direction.”
In recent weeks, the departing Democratic administration has put forward controversial new rules intended to curb pollution from farms and pledged to offer a series of regulatory safeguards that would limit the conditions under which hydraulic fracturing could take place in Western Maryland.
The incoming Republican governor said he has counted a total of 50 new proposed regulations since the election.