Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced earlier this week that if a PSL bill moving through the legislature were approved and sent to him for signature, it was “dead on arrival,” DOA. Prior to his pronouncement, the House of Delegates had passed a PSL bill by an 88-51 margin. Since his pronouncement, just yesterday, the Senate passed a PSL bill by a 29-18 margin. The bills have some differences and need to be reconciled.
The Governor prefers his Commonsense Paid Leave Act, the one that goes where no PSL law has gone before. See here.
Assuming the House and Senate bills are reconciled, the issue is whether both chambers have the sixty percent of votes to override the Governor’s veto. That’s 85 votes in the House and 29 in the Senate. If those who voted for the original bill vote to override the Governor’s veto, that DOA PSL bill may rise from the dead.
As for the argument that common sense should prevail, recall the observation of French philosopher Rene Descartes: “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”