Latest Maryland state government News

Pedestrian struck and killed in Maryland

May. 19, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Maryland state police say a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a driver who thought he had hit a deer. Police said 26-year-old Adrian Harris was struck early Sunday morning walking in the southbound travel lane of Route 301. Harris was found on the grass median and was...

Gas company sues Maryland over blocked pipeline

May. 17, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A gas company has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Maryland after a board of high-ranking state officials voted unanimously to reject a proposed pipeline across 3 miles (4 kilometers) of western Maryland. Columbia Gas filed the lawsuit Thursday to seek access to the...

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...

Criticized Maryland chancellor won't seek contract extension

May. 16, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The chancellor of Maryland's university system said Thursday he will step down next year, after state lawmakers cut funding from the system's budget by an amount equal to his annual salary to express displeasure in the system's handling of a University of Maryland football player's...

Maryland takes legal action against OxyContin maker owners

May. 16, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The state of Maryland is accusing members of the family that owns the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin of deceptively marketing the drug. The state joined four others Thursday in announcing legal actions seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for an opioid overdose and...

Hogan allows extra $255M for schools with concerns over bill

May. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will release $255 million in extra education funding in the next fiscal year to begin implementing a long-term plan to improve Maryland schools, but he expressed concerns about the blueprint approved by lawmakers this year by deciding to let the...

Gov. Larry Hogan signs health, education, bills

May. 13, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed 181 bills on Monday, many with a focus on health and education. Here is look at some of them: TOBACCO PRODUCTS Maryland is raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 under a new law that includes vaping in the definition of tobacco products. HEALTH CARE...

Maryland gov signs 1st-in-nation measure to help uninsured

May. 13, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a first-in-the-nation measure Monday to make it easier for people without health insurance to find out if they qualify for low-cost insurance after they file their taxes. The new law will create a box for people to check on state income tax returns. If...

Maryland governor OKs bill requiring pelvic exam consent

May. 13, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to require patients to provide explicit consent before health care practitioners and medical students can conduct a pelvic, prostate or rectal exam while the patient is under anesthesia. The measure, which was approved unanimously by 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...