Lawmakers call hearing to press Hogan administration on crab manager's firing

State lawmakers have called on Gov. Larry Hogan‘s administration to testify publicly whether political pressure prompted the firing of the longtime manager of the state’s crab population.

They are asking state Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton and other members of the Hogan administration to answer their questions at a Monday afternoon hearing before dozens of members of both chambers of the General Assembly.

The lawmakers also invited Brenda Davis, who was dismissed last month from her post as manager of the state’s crab fishery.

Several Democrats have accused Hogan and Belton of bowing to pressure from watermen seeking to loosen restrictions on crab harvesting.

Del. Kumar Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the House’s environment committee, said lawmakers want to know why Davis was terminated, and if her dismissal suggests a larger problem.

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