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Bid to break the silence over six-figure payout

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Bid to break the silence over six-figure payout

Bid to break the silence over six-figure payout

After five weeks, two hearings, five hours’ worth of testimony and a load of documents, state lawmakers still don’t know how Governor Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff got more than $200,000 in severance money from his former agency, but they’ve heard and seen enough to merit action.

BECAME PUBLIC.

NOW... ROYMCGRATH... GOVERNOR HOGAN'SFORMER CHIEF OF STAFF... WILLLIKELY HAVE TO SPEAK PUBLICLYOVER THE MONEY HE GOT FROM THEMARYLAND ENVIRONMENTALSERVICE.

WMAR 2 NEWSHAGER HAS MORE ON A STATEPANELLAWMAKERS WANT ANSWERS OVERHOW ROY MCGRATH WOUND UP WITHHIS SEVERANCE PACKAGE, ANDTHEY BELIEVE HE AND HIS NUMBERTWO MAN AT THE AGENCY CANSUPPLY THEM.

(TRACK) AFTERFIVE WEEKS, TWO HEARINGS, FIVEHOURS WORTH OF TESTIMONY AND ALOAD OF DOCUMENTS, STATELAWMAKERS STILL DONGOVERNOR LARRY HOGANCHIEF OF STAFF GOT MORE THAN200-THOUSAND DOLLARS INSEVERANCE MONEY FROM HISFORMER AGENCY, BUT THEYHEARD AND SEEN ENOUGH TO MERITACTION.

(SOT)---BillFerguson/Senate President1---:29“Allegations ofcorruption and misuse of powerare serious.

They requireimmediate attention” (TRACK)A STATE PANEL HEARD PLENTYABOUT MCGRATHTRAVEL, COMPANY CAR AND A LACKOF OVERSIGHT WHILE DIRECTOR OFTHE MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTALSERVICE, BUT IT REMAINSUNCLEAR WHETHER THE GOVERNORKNEW OF MCGRATHWHETHER MCGRATH JUST MADE ITSEEM SO TO THE BOARD, WHICHAPPROVED THE SEVERANCE, BUTSOME LAWMAKERS FEAR THERE ISEVEN MORE AT STAKE.(SOT)---Sen.

Jill Carter/(D)Baltimore 14---3:45“Theoverarching issues are, one,the culture of toxicity thatexisted in the environment atMES that could be, coulpossibly interfere with themission, and the other, ofcourse, is very similar towhat we saw at University ofMaryland Medical System---aculture of self-dealing bypolitical appointees” (TRACK)BUT FOR NOW, LAWMAKERS WILL BECONTENT TO HEAR FROM THE MANIN THE MIDDLE OF TCONTROVERSY AND THE ONE HEBROUGHT ON BOARD AT THE AGENAS HIS SECOND IN COMMAND.(SOT)---Del.

EricLuedtke/House Majority Leader15---4:02“I move to issue asubpoena requiring Roy McGrathand Matthew Sherring to appeato testify before the JointCommittee on Fair Practicesand Personnel Oversight withinthe next 30 days or on amutually agreed date includingany documents related to thistestimony” (HAGER ST-UP)“Thevote passed unanimously, andGovernor Hogan issued his owncall today for systematicreforms at the agency,including its financialoversight.

Jeff Hager, WMAR 2




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