Maryland governor blasts attorney general powers expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is blasting a recently passed resolution to empower the attorney general to sue the federal government without his permission.

Hogan talked about the resolution passed this week by the General Assembly during an appearance on WBAL-AM’s “The C4 Show” on Friday.

“I thought it was outrageous and disgraceful and quite frankly, it was probably the lowest point I’ve seen in the legislature,” Hogan said.

The Republican governor says while he has proposed 31 measures to help Maryland, lawmakers have focused on meddling in Washington politics and undermining him.

“Now [the attorney general] can ignore both branches of government and just go off on some wild crazy effort, whatever he woke up this morning wanting to do,” Hogan said.

Spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian Frosh, Raquel Coombs told WTOP that the resolution is not unconstitutional. According to Coombs, Frosh now joins 41 other state attorneys general, some of whom are Republican, who possess the same expanded powers.

The resolution was approved along party lines. Democrats have expressed concerns about harm President Donald Trump could cause Maryland, if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and the federal workforce is reduced. They have voiced worries that Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency could be a threat to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report from Washington.

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