Newsmakers: Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen
In a Newsmakers interview taped in his Capitol office on Dec. 14, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said his second-term goals for the next four years remain the nonpartisan administration of the state Department of Justice and supporting local law enforcement agencies. But the Republican said he looks forward to joining national litigation aimed to have the federal health-care reform law declared unconstitutional. He also said he hopes Governor-elect Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers require photo IDs to vote, repeal the law allowing domestic partners to register with county clerks, and legalize the carrying of concealed weapons. Van Hollen also said he believes the recession has caused more “depondency” by those involved in the increasing number of officer-involved shootings. Van Hollen also said he assumes he will seek a third term in 2014 and has not ruled out running for governor someday.