ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on Friday overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a hotly debated bill that creates a scoring system to prioritize transportation projects.
The Senate voted 29-17 to override the veto — the minimum for the required three-fifths majority. The Senate was one vote short for several minutes, and senators stalled for time explaining their votes until a senator who had left the chamber returned. Sen. Jamie Raskin said he was in a meeting with Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to discuss redistricting reform, when Sen. Cathy Pugh “burst into the room” and said he was needed in the Senate.
“I do not believe that there was a connection,” said Raskin, D-Montgomery, referring to the timing of the meeting and the override vote. “On the other hand, a lot of people back on the floor seemed to know where I was and think that the governor asked me to come up at this time rather than at another time.”