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One more Md. bill signing; fate of sick leave undecided still

Looks like there will be one more bill signing after all.

Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled May 25 event to sign at least some of the approximately 375 pieces of legislation passed earlier this year by the Maryland General Assembly.

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, signs legislation into law Friday as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., left, and House Speaker Michael Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford Wednesday presented David Zimmerman, vice president of North American sales for Maersk Line, with a model of the Pride of Baltimore as an official welcome to the city. (Bryan P. Sears/The Daily Record)

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, signs legislation into law earlier this year along with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., left, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. (Bryan P. Sears/The Daily Record)

The signing will be the fourth since the end of the 2017 session and the eighth overall this year. It replaces a signing that was scheduled for the first week of May that was later removed from the calendar.

Amelia Chassé, a Hogan spokeswoman, said the early May event was rescheduled because of scheduling conflicts.

Hogan has already signed about 550 of the 935 bills passed by the legislature this year.

The signing will likely be the final event for the governor as all remaining bills must be signed or vetoed by the end of the month. Bills that are neither signed nor vetoed become law.

Included on the list of bills awaiting final disposition are the paid sick leave bill and a bill that allows the attorney general to investigate cases of alleged price gouging on off-patent and generic drugs. Companies could be subject to civil penalties of up to $10,000 if they are found in violation of this law, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Also on the list is a bill that establishes a grievance procedure for state employees who do not receive their full paycheck from state agencies; and a measure that establishes new rules for craft breweries in the state.

There is no word yet on which of the more than 375 bills will be signed by Hogan, including the fate of paid sick leave legislation.

“No decision has been made,” Chassé said. “It remains under review.”


Correction: An earlier version of this post noted that a bill that establishes a state commission to monitor potential changes to the federal Dodd-Frank Act was awaiting the governor’s signature. That bill has already been presented and taken effect.

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