April 17, 2017: Wendi Peters was re-appointed as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning by Gov. Larry Hogan during the week of April 9-15, 2017. Peters, of Mount Airy, originally had her formal nomination to the post by Hogan in March, 2017, after an unfavorable vote from the State Senate Executive Nominations Committee. Senators then learned that Peters remained in the position at the Maryland Department of Planning, despite the committee’s vote and the likelihood that she would receive a negative vote from the full chamber. On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Hogan Spokesman Amelia Chasse confirmed that Hogan had re-appointed Peters and had re-appointed the state’s Health Secretary, Dennis Schrader. Hogan also pulled Schrader’s nomination during the 2017 legislative session after he had not received a confirmation vote by early April, 2017. In response, the State Senate amended the state budget to strip funding for Hogan nominees who were put forward this session but did not receive confirmation votes because they were withdrawn from consideration. The budget would stop the salaries for Peters and Schrader at the start of the new fiscal year, on July 1, 2017. The Governor’s Office said on Wednesday, April 12, that the budget language was not a concern. “The language they smuggled into the budget is unconstitutional and they know it,” Chasse said in a written statement.