Sunshine Sought on Executive Orders: Bills Would Allow Review by Public
Scully, Sean, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
ANNAPOLIS - Legislators are trying to clip Gov. Parris Glendening's wings with legislation to make sure he can't issue executive orders without some public review.
"I don't know if we can do much, but at least we can get some public attention," said Delegate John Arnick, Baltimore County Democrat.
Lawmakers of both parties were outraged last summer when Mr. Glendening issued an executive order granting state employees some collective-bargaining rights - meaning unions could represent them in negotiations on wages and working conditions.
The legislature has consistently and adamantly refused to pass bills granting such rights.
Mr. Arnick's bill, and a Senate version introduced Friday, would require that the governor first publish every proposed executive order in the Maryland Register - the official journal of proposed rules and regulations - and send it to a joint legislative committee for review.
An order could not take effect until at least 15 days after it was published in the Register. The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review could hold hearings on it in the meantime. …