Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that he plans to veto a bill that would create a new process for prioritizing transportation projects.
The measure would make the Hogan administration justify why certain projects should be funded. It is one of several that Democratic legislative leaders hope to present to Hogan no later than Saturday so that if he issues a veto, they can attempt to override.
Normally, the governor has 30 days from the time a bill is submitted to decide whether to veto it. But a provision in the state constitution known as the “six day” rule says that if bills are submitted at least six days before the end of the session, the governor must act within six days, or the bill becomes law.
The 90-day legislative session ends April 11.
Matthew Clark, a spokesman for Hogan, said the governor declared his intent to veto the transportation bill while announcing funding for a road project in Anne Arundel County. The bill has been approved by both the House and Senate.
Other bills expected to land on Hogan’s desk this week include the capital budget; an aid package for Baltimore; a measure that provides funding to Prince George’s Hospital; a bill that creates a partnership between the University of Maryland campuses in College Park and Baltimore City; legislation that takes away Hogan’s five appointments to the Anne Arundel school board, and a bill that strips the governor of his authority to name members to the Baltimore City Liquor License Board.
Democrats say Hogan appears likely to veto parts of the capital budget, as well as the other bills.