The state legislative session ended Monday night, with many important bills passed in the final days or even hours of the session. We need to urge Gov. Hogan to sign several critical bills into law.
Bills vetoed by the Governor after the MD General Assembly adjourns cannot be overridden until the legislature convenes again in January 2018 (or unless a special session is called). He can also let bills become law without his signature.
Governor Larry Hogan
CRITICAL BILLS AWAITING THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
1. Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB 1)
Requiring companies with 15 or more workers to provide earned sick leave. See the Friday 3/3 CTA for more about the bill.
As of late afternoon Tuesday 4/11, Hogan had not yet signed the bill, which he had previously threatened to veto. He has 30 days from passage to decide what to do with the bill, which passed last Wednesday 4/5.
2. Prohibition of Prescription Drug Price Gouging (HB 631)
Allows the state's attorney general to take action to stop pharmaceutical price gouging. A spokesperson for Hogan said the Governor will review the bill before deciding whether to sign it.
Associated Press, 4/11/17
3. Mandatory Reporting of Animal Cruelty by Veterinarians (HB 1463)
Requires veterinarians to report suspected animal cruelty to law enforcement, similar to the requirement that doctors report suspected child abuse.
4. If you are following a bill that is awaiting final action from the Governor, please list it in the comments. Be sure to share your recommendation on whether the Governor should sign or veto the bill.
ENLIST YOUR RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TO CALL AS WELL
Encourage friends & family in Maryland to call on Hogan to sign these bills. Help them find their MD representatives if they aren't sure who represents them.
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