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Maryland Governor Vetoes Increased Renewables Mandate

June 3, 2016, 4:00 AM

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has vetoed legislation (S.B. 921/H.B. 1106) that would have increased the amount of electricity Maryland suppliers must get from renewable sources from 20 percent by 2022 to 25 percent by 2020.

The legislation had cleared both chambers of the General Assembly by veto-proof margins, setting the stage for an override debate, as required under the state constitution, when lawmakers convene their 2017 session in January.

Hogan called the measure “a tax increase that will be levied upon every single ratepayer in Maryland and, for that reason alone, I cannot allow it to become law.”

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