• Maryland Legislation Update
  • May 18, 2017
  • Law Firm: Pessin Katz Law P.A. - Towson Office
  • Governor Hogan has held six bill signing sessions to date. Two bill signings remain on the Governor’s schedule for May 2 and May 4. Under Maryland law all bills are to be presented to the Governor by April 30 this year, the 20th day after adjournment of April 10th, and he must veto them, if he wishes to do so, within thirty days of their presentment or by May 30th this year. Otherwise, he must sign a bill or allow it to become law without his signature, often said to be an expression of a Governor’s displeasure with the legislation he or she refuses to sign. Published reports indicate that the Governor has not signed 15 items of legislation from this year’s General Assembly session. Also, the Governor chose to veto an education bill soon after its presentment to him and the legislature quickly voted to override that veto. Here is a summary of bill signings that may be of interest and other bills not yet signed which may be signed on May 2 or May 4 or otherwise allowed to become law. Inclusion of a bill below, of the hundreds introduced in the legislative session, is purely subjective, based on perceived general interest among PK Law newsletter readers. (Note: previous bills reflected in PK Law materials which did not receive a favorable committee report or which were not favorably voted upon by the legislature have been omitted.)