Larry Hogan is trying to skirt the nomination process for the Handgun Permit Review Board. On the first day of this year’s legislative session, Hogan notified the state Senate he was withdrawing the names of three board members who were appointed after the 2017 session ended. On Thursday, the governor said the search for replacements is continuing.
If no replacements are named before lawmakers adjourn in April, Hogan could appoint new board members without Senate approval. The legislature is sponsoring a bill that would give the Handgun Permit Review Board to Administrative Judges instead of appointees in order to ensure consistency in applying Maryland law.