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Hogan Vetoes School Construction Bill

Apr 4, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan (left) and Comptroller Peter Franchot are two of the three members of the Board of Public Works. On Wednesday, both criticized a bill changing the school construction approval process.
Credit Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday morning vetoed a bill taking the Board of Public Works out of the school construction approval process.

The Interagency Committee on School Construction, or IAC, makes recommendations to the Board of Public Works on school construction projects. The bill instead makes the IAC independent and gives it final approval of those projects.

At Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, Hogan criticized the bill for removing power from the elected Board of Public Works and giving it to the politically appointed IAC.

“This bill, if allowed to become law, would become an unmitigated disaster for our state, which would create a disgusting cesspool of cronyism and corruption in the school funding process,” he said.

Democrats have accused the three-person Board of Public Works of playing politics with school construction money, in particular after it withheld money from Baltimore city and county schools until they installed air conditioning.

House and Senate leaders plan to hold veto override votes before the legislative session ends Monday.