Some under-the-radar health topics for the next Md. legislature
When the Maryland General Assembly meets next month it will consider a wide range of health care issues, but not all of them will grab headlines. Here are a couple of wonkier issues that hospitals and doctors are watching closely. Certificate of need modernization Maryland’s hospitals have long complained that the state’s process of approving ...
Md. lawmakers to weigh mandate, drug prices in 2019
Maryland legislators in the 2019 General Assembly session will consider several measures aimed at reducing health care costs and protecting the Affordable Care Act in Maryland, but it appears unlikely they will focus on a long-term plan to stabilize the state’s individual insurance market. Lawmakers will consider a state-level individual mandate, ensuring health insurance for ...
Caucus will push to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is concerned about the toll smoking has taken on the African-American community and is leading an effort to impose restrictions on access to tobacco products.
Maryland Democrats pick Rockeymoore Cummings as chair
Maryland Democrats have picked a former gubernatorial hopeful and wife of a powerful congressman as chair of the state party.
Federal team finds no intrusion on Maryland election systems
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security team found no evidence of intrusion on Maryland's election system after a company hosting elections systems was acquired.
Hogan creates panel to redraw congressional map
Maryland's governor says a "nonpartisan" emergency commission will be created to draw new boundaries for a congressional district.
Juvenile justice reform at top of 2019 General Assembly agenda
The 2019 Maryland General Assembly session could become the year of the child in the areas of criminal justice and cyberbullying. Leaders of the legislature’s judiciary panels list reform of the juvenile justice system and the prevention of online harassment of youngsters as top priorities for the 90-day session that begins Jan. 9. Though perennially ...
Maryland's election night performance panned, defended
ANNAPOLIS — Election night was a week ago, but problems at polling places around the state drew the attention of members of the Board of Public Works Wednesday. General election night “glitches” in several counties delayed the timely release of results. Some on the three-member board Wednesday expressed concern and in some cases outright irritation as they ...
Basking in victory, Hogan says Trump hurt rest of Md. GOP
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday lamented the election night defeats of members of his own party in Maryland and laid the blame on the president of the United States. “I think it was a tough night,” said Hogan at a Wednesday post-election session with reporters. “We had President Trump say the election should be ...
Three-judge panel finds Md.'s 6th Congressional District unconstitutional
A three-judge panel on Wednesday struck down as unconstitutionally gerrymandered a western Maryland congressional district, agreeing with Republican voters that it was so severely tilted to ensure a Democrat’s election as to violate the GOP members’ right to political association. The federal judges’ decision does not undo Tuesday’s election in the 6th Congressional District, which was ...