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General Assembly Moving Quickly To Thwart Potential Hogan Vetoes

March 30th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A General Assembly session that began with a show of Democrats' strength is poised to end the same way.

Controversial bills are being approved quickly enough that if Republican Gov. Larry Hogan issues a flurry of vetoes, lawmakers will have time to override them before the legislature adjourns April 11.

Legislation that would usher in a series of spending mandates, adopt a new way to rank transportation projects and strip some of the governor's appointment powers, among other bills, could be presented to Hogan by the end of the week.

That would give the governor a week to veto the bills or let them become law — and allow lawmakers enough time to reverse any vetoes with a three-fifths vote of each chamber. Bills given to Hogan later than this week must be signed or vetoed by May 31, and any overrides by the legislature would have to wait until it meets again in January.

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