Community College Collective Bargaining Bill – Veto Update

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Governor Hogan vetoed the Collective Bargaining bill on May 28, 2021. See our previous articles for a summary of the bill. In a letter to Assembly leadership, Governor Hogan noted that “These pieces of legislation seek to address problems that do not exist and change labor practices that have worked for decades, while creating several burdensome fiscal and operational hardships.” According to Governor Hogan, “The extra expenses associated with collective bargaining will put a severe strain on counties and the budgets of community colleges, most likely leading to increased tuition costs at a time when affordable training and education opportunities are needed the most.”

When lawmakers convene their next legislative session — presumably January 2022 — they’ll consider whether to overturn the veto. A three-fifths majority in both Chambers is needed to override a veto. The vetoed bill passed the Democratic-majority General Assembly by a veto-proof margin.

If the veto is overridden the effective dates of the new law would be as outlined in the final version – September 1, 2022, September 1, 2023, and October 1, 2024 depending on the community college.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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