With less than three weeks left in the 90-day legislative session, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that he remains frustrated that the General Assembly has not moved on his proposal to provide tax relief to retirees and to create a nonpartisan redistricting panel to draw Maryland’s legislative and congressional districts. “It hasn’t even been discussed in this entire session; [the bill is] in somebody’s drawer somewhere and we want to put some pressure on them in these last 16 days to see an up-or-down vote,” Hogan said of redistricting during a wide-ranging interview in his office. “They can’t just ignore everybody in Maryland who wants to see this issue debated, discussed and voted on.” But there is little chance it will happen. Democratic legislative leaders have balked at the idea of making redistricting changes, arguing that the state needs to wait for national redistricting reform.
Hogan pointed out a small black digital clock he keeps on his desk, which ticks off the number of days, hours and seconds he has left in his term. He said he uses the timepiece as a reminder of the work he wants to accomplish and the amount of time he has left.
He joked that he is always telling his staff to “get it done,” while rattling off the numbers displayed.