Hours before the General Assembly gaveled in for its 442nd session Wednesday, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced a round of appointments that could prove controversial in the Democratic legislature.
Among the appointments, which included filling two legislative vacancies, Hogan announced that he was re-nominating Dennis R. Schrader to be secretary of Health and re-nominating former Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge Bryon S. Bereano to fill a District Court vacancy.
The Schrader and Bereano nominations could be controversial for different reasons.
Schrader, a veteran high-level government bureaucrat and half of a Howard County Republican power couple, was originally nominated to fill the job in 2017, after Hogan parted company with his original Health secretary, Van T. Mitchell. But the Maryland Senate refused to confirm Schrader — and that led to a protracted battle over how long Schrader could remain at the agency as acting secretary and whether he would get paid.