Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Friday evening vetoed 10 bills, including expanding the types of medical professionals who can perform abortions in the state, setting up a statewide paid family vacation insurance program and imposing stricter security restrictions. Gun shops.
The governor allowed nearly 28 bills to go into effect without his signature – including setting the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 – to set aggressive goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland and to set new policies to help achieve that goal. Creating a “green bank” that invests state funds in private projects to reduce electrification, gas emissions and expand the state’s electric vehicle fleet.
Other bills passed without the governor’s signature include a ban on the sale and possession of ghost guns, a framework for the legal marijuana industry in the state, and a wide range of juvenile justice reform measures that would generally prevent children under 13 from being confronted. Indictments, however, may be charged in criminal court for the most serious offenses, including murder and sexual offenses.
The general assembly will be adjourned until midnight on Monday, giving legislators a small window to overcome the veto. Both houses are meeting on Saturday to receive veto override votes.
In a veto letter on abortion action, Hogan wrote that he was defending his commitment to not taking any action that would affect Maryland law regarding reproductive rights.
But, House Bill 937 “jeopardizes the health and lives of women by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions,” he said.
As approved, the bill expands on who can perform abortions to include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants in the state.
“These procedures are complex and can lead to significant medical problems that require the care of a licensed physician,” Hogan wrote.
The bill “weakens standards for women’s health care and safety,” Hogan said.
The bill provides $ 3.5 million in financial assistance to provide medical training to health care professionals to provide reproductive services. The bill permanently covers existing abortion care coverage in the state under Medicaid and requires private health insurance plans – except for those with a religious or legal exemption – to cover abortion care without cost-sharing or deductions.
The governor also vetoed Senate Bill 275, the Time to Care Act of 2022, which provides Marylanders with 12 weeks of part-time paid family leave each year to care for themselves or loved ones after a serious health problem and up to 24 weeks of paid leave. For new parents.
Hogan wrote in a veto letter that if the General Assembly approved a family holiday program that would define a small business with fewer than 50 employees, he would be “more inclined to support it.”
The Time to Care Act defines a small business as an employer with less than 15 employees. He also wrote that the bill would “have no practical analysis, no viable plan to implement and small businesses would incur regulatory burdens that could not be overcome”.
As approved, the actual analysis of the bill should be completed by December this year.
The governor also vetoed House Bill 1021, sponsored by House Speaker Adrien A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), which states that businesses selling guns must have 24-hour burglary alarm systems, as well as other security measures such as security bars and metal. Doors or physical barriers to prevent vehicles from crashing.
Other bills vetoed by Hogan:
Senate Bill 1 allows the Commissioner of Labor and Industry of the Maryland Department of Labor to investigate and send stop work orders to state contractors and subcontractors who violate existing wage law.
Senate Bill 53, the Child Interrogation Protection Act, protects minors from self-immolation during encounters with law enforcement.
Senate Bill 259 extends the state’s current wage requirements to state-funded service contracts for mechanical services such as HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and elevator maintenance.
Senate Bill 475 / House Bill 580 adds the Sergeants and Supervisors of the Maryland Transit Administration Police to the list of employees authorized to participate in collective bargaining.
House Bill 778 / Senate Bill 514 The Maryland Area Administration requires the Maryland Transportation Administration to design investment programs to move forward with projects to connect Maryland with surrounding states.
House Bill 90 allows attorneys in the Office of the Public Defender to select collective bargaining agreements with the state based on their salary, benefits, and working conditions. According to the bill, public defenders will also be removed for disciplinary or causal reasons.
If the House Bill 609 dismisses a local health officer, the Secretary of State for Health must provide a written explanation and give the fired officer an opportunity to inquire.
The governor’s office has released a complete list of House and Senate bills coming into force here and there without his signature.