RadioOnFire.com – Back-and-forth continues between Gov. Larry Hogan, lawmakers in Annapolis and Baltimore City Hall after the governor announced Thursday he is designating his violent crime bills as emergency legislation, according to WBAL-TV 11.
“I don’t want to hear any more excuses. There can not be any more delays,” Hogan said at a press conference Thursday. “We need to stop playing politics. Pass these bills.”
Many Democrats are speaking out in disagreement with Hogan’s statements.
“It’s not like we’re just trying to be disagreeable,” Hogan said. “It’s not that we’re just trying to start a confrontation with the legislature. We’re just trying to save lives and take action.”
Senate President Bill Ferguson, who represents Baltimore City, said there had been fair hearings on Hogan’s bills, and it is now focusing on if the legislation would make an impact, WBAL-TV 11 reports.
Ferguson went on to offer Hogan the opportunity to testify about his violent crime bills.
“We will cancel hearings and just have a conversation about the governor’s package if he’s willing to come and testify. That’s what will lead to productive conversation,” Ferguson said. “We are open to all ideas and want to make sure that they have evidence they will stop the violence.”
House Speaker Adrienne Jones released a statement following Hogan’s announcement, stating she has not met with Hogan since the legislative session began.
“If he has an urgent concern about his bills, I invite him to pick up the phone or talk to me directly,” Jones said in a statement.
Jones went on to say crime is an urgent concern of the legislature, citing that 27% of Baltimore’s homicide suspects were under the administration’s supervision in 2019, and one-third of homicide victims were under state supervision.