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Maryland legislature overturns Hogan veto of renewable energy bill

February 2nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Democratic lawmakers completed their override of Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that increases renewable energy requirements with a party-line vote on Thursday.

The Senate voted, 32-13, to override Hogan's veto, after the House of Delegates took a similarly lopsided vote on the same measure Tuesday.

That means the law is now in effect, requiring that one-quarter of the state's electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020. That's an increase from the prior requirement of 20 percent by 2022.

Senators debated the bill for an hour and 40 minutes Thursday, even though the outcome of the vote was never in doubt.

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