Senate Approves Hogan Nominees

    More than four dozen gubernatorial nominees were confirmed by the Maryland Senate on Friday, including Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz.

    The Senate voted 45-0 to support the nominees from Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), the second time in two weeks a batch of the governor’s nominees has received unanimous support.

    Others confirmed on Friday include three nominees to the State Board of Education ― Vermelle D. Greene, Jean C. Halle and Warner I. Sumpter  and three nominees to the State Labor Relations Board, where a labor representative was confirmed for the first time since a vacancy arose in 2016.

    Local nominees to the boards of elections in Baltimore, Harford and Wicomico counties were also approved.

     Not up for confirmation Friday were three appointees to the Handgun Permit Review Board, which has come under scrutiny from the Senate Executive Nominations Committee in recent years. The committee is expected to discuss those nominees for a second time at a meeting Monday evening.

     A full list of those confirmed on Friday is here.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.