Latest Maryland State General Assembly News

Jones says she'll likely push to protect abortion rights

May. 16, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's new House speaker said Thursday she will "most likely" push to protect abortion rights in the state's constitution next year, as her predecessor sought to do this year. House Speaker Adrienne Jones, in an interview 15 days after she won the speakership, said she expects the...

States seek explicit patient consent for pelvic exams

May. 12, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation. "It's pretty empowering to know this is something you can detect...

Maryland lawmakers elect first black woman House speaker

May. 1, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers elected the state's first black woman to be the state's House speaker on Wednesday, a stunning turn of events after she had dropped out of the race days earlier to endorse another African American candidate for the powerful state office. Before Adrienne Jones was...

Maine becomes 1st state to ban single-use foam containers

May. 1, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has banned single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, becoming the first state to do so. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. Environmental groups have sought such bans amid...

The Latest: First non-white male wins Maryland speakership

May. 1, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the selection of a new Maryland House speaker (all times local): 3:25 p.m. In a dramatic surprise, a black woman who had dropped out of the race for Maryland's House speaker has won the powerful office. Del. Adrienne Jones was unanimously elected by members of the House...

Maryland speaker's race remains tight on eve of vote

Apr. 30, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In a close race for a new Maryland House speaker, one of two Democrats running said on Tuesday that she hopes members of the House Democratic Caucus unite around the candidate who wins in a caucus vote, because allowing the race to be decided on the floor could fracture the party in...

Maryland's contest for House speaker takes racial turn

Apr. 26, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A candidate in the race for a new speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates dropped out Friday and endorsed Del. Dereck Davis in hopes of unifying black lawmakers to elect the first black speaker in the state's history. Davis and Del. Adrienne Jones, who are both Democrats, made the...

Alderwoman chosen to fill seat held by former House speaker

Apr. 26, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel has chosen an Annapolis alderwoman to fill a vacancy in the Maryland House of Delegates after the death of House Speaker Michael Busch earlier this month. The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee chose Shaneka Henson late Thursday night. The committee selected...

Searches by FBI, IRS add to Baltimore mayor's mounting woes

Apr. 25, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid dramatically widening investigations to determine whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise kickbacks. The multiple early-morning searches pushed the...

Maryland Democratic Party head clarifies memo on speakership

Apr. 25, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Democratic Party chair is clarifying a memo that brought criticism from the head of the Legislative Black Caucus relating to the race for a new speaker of the House. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings said on Thursday comments about the party being ready to "penalize" elected...