Drug Price Controls for Maryland?

It sounds like an easy way to solve the problem. Yet on closer examination, this approach collapses. Drug-pricing is extraordinarily complicated. For starters, there’s the likelihood federal appeals courts will find a state price-control board unconstitutional because it violates the Commerce Clause — just as an appeals court ruled Maryland’s 2017 drug price-gouging law illegal. Moreover, this board cannot force manufacturers to turn over voluminous internal pricing data or confidential data on the cost of developing and producing a drug. (politicalmaryland)

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Goucher Poll: Marylanders aren't keen on Gov. Hogan challenging Trump for GOP presidential nomination in 2020

Gov. Larry Hogan remains popular, but Maryland residents aren’t so keen on him running for president, according to a new poll. Hogan has been floated as a possible challenger to President Donald Trump in next year’s Republican primary, with some politicos drawn to Hogan’s popularity in a deeply Democratic state. But just one-third of respondents in a poll Goucher College released Tuesday think Hogan should run for president in 2020. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said the governor should not run for president. (Balt. Sun)

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Attorney General Frosh sues President Trump over national emergency, says Maryland would lose millions

Saying Donald Trump “has veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making,” the attorneys general of Maryland and 15 other states sued the president Monday over his recent declaration of a national emergency. The suit, filed in Northern California district court, alleges that Trump manufactured a “crisis” of illegal immigration to declare a state of emergency, which in turn will divert important funding from their home states. The suit calls Trump’s declaration “unlawful and unconstitutional.” In a statement, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh called Trump’s declaration of a state of emergency “an abuse of executive authority.” (Balt. Sun)

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State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, pushes legislation to try to hasten Electoral College's demise

More than a decade ago, Maryland agreed to enter a compact to bypass the Electoral College in favor of the national popular vote for electing a president — if enough other states went along with the proposal. But the effort to kill the Electoral College stalled. Now, state Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, is pushing a bill in the Maryland General Assembly he hopes speeds up the move to a national popular vote if other states also adopt the idea. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll senator's amended animal cruelty bill passes Maryland Senate, advances to House

After being changed significantly in a Maryland Senate committee, Sen. Justin Ready’s bill seeking to hold those convicted of animal cruelty financially accountable unanimously passed the Senate Thursday., Feb. 14. The bill now clarifies that judges can order a person convicted of animal cruelty to pay restitution for the cost of care an impounding agency — like animal control or a local Humane Society — accrues caring for a seized animal. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Senate panel’s move could stop handgun permit board from operating

A Senate committee’s recommendation to reject three of Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointments could effectively stop, at least temporarily, the state Handgun Permit Review Board from operating. Three members of the board were voted down Monday evening by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee after a two-week delay. Republicans in the minority on the committee complained the vote smacked of politics and anti-gun sentiment. “It’s politics,” said Sen. Steve Hershey, R-Upper Shore and the Senate minority whip. “We’ll see a lot of it this year.” The committee voted 12-6 to reject confirmation of Hogan nominees Brian Fischer, Carol Loveless and John Michel. (Daily Record)

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Goucher Poll: Legalizing pot, raising minimum wage, banning plastic foam products popular in Maryland

The latest Goucher Poll, released Monday morning, asked Marylanders about a variety of public policy debates playing out in the state capital. The poll found that many proposals put forth by Democrats are popular among state residents. A poll of 808 Maryland residents by Goucher College found 57 percent support marijuana legalization. Thirty-seven percent of those polled were opposed. Those who identify as conservative or Republican, as well as those older than 55, offered the least support for marijuana legalization. The strongest support for legalization comes from those who are political independents (66 percent) and people younger than 35 (69 percent). (Balt. Sun)

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Md. lawmakers hear bills on police body cameras, marijuana use in cars

Maryland lawmakers are hearing bills that propose ways of dealing with privacy in police body camera footage and marijuana use in vehicles. A bill in the House of Delegates would require police departments to come up with a way of blurring or redacting footage to preserve the privacy of people in footage taken by police body-worn cameras if and when that footage is released to the public. Maryland Delegate David Moon says the intent of the House Bill 462 is to strike a balance between the need for transparency when public information requests are made to release footage and the privacy of those people who may appear in that footage. (WTOP)

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