By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun.
The House of Delegates on Tuesday took the first step to reverse Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a renewable energy bill, voting 88-51 to overturn it.
The state Senate plans to vote Thursday. To override a governor's veto, three-fifths of the Senate must join the House in voting to do so.
Delegates debated the merits of the bill for about an hour. It would require a greater portion of the electricity sold in Maryland to come from renewable sources, such as solar power and wind power.
Republicans said the bill would put an unnecessary financial burden on residents and businesses. Democrats countered that the state needs to increase the use of renewable energy to fight climate change and improve air quality.
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Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse issued a statement saying that delegates who voted for the override are "out of touch."
"For years, Marylanders have made it clear that they are sick and tired of these kinds of rate increases — hopefully our good Senators won't turn a deaf ear to their calls like their colleagues in the House just did," Chasse said.