Latest Maryland state government News

Legislation overhauls Maryland medical network's board

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's governor signed fast-tracked legislation Thursday to overhaul a major medical network's board of directors following revelations of numerous questionable financial arrangements involving board members, including Baltimore's mayor. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who joined the volunteer...

Lawyer announces 2020 bid for Baltimore mayor's office

Apr. 10, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — An ex-Maryland deputy attorney general says he's running for Baltimore's highest office as first-term Mayor Catherine Pugh is embroiled in a political scandal. Thiru Vignarajah's Wednesday announcement comes as the state prosecutor is investigating Pugh for questionable sales of her...

Defense asks court to reconsider decision in 'Serial' ruling

Apr. 8, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The defense attorney for the man whose murder conviction is chronicled in the hit podcast "Serial" and an HBO documentary series is asking a Maryland court to reconsider its decision to reject a new trial. The Baltimore Sun reports attorney C. Justin Brown is arguing that the decision by...

Baltimore council pressures embattled mayor to resign

Apr. 8, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's City Council on Monday called on Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign as multiple investigations probe lucrative deals she negotiated over years to sell self-published children's books to customers that included a hospital network she once helped oversee and a major health plan that...

Maryland House Speaker Busch dies, a Chesapeake Bay defender

Apr. 7, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Michael Busch, a champion of the Chesapeake Bay and progressive causes during his record-tenure as Maryland's Democratic House speaker, battled for the environment up until the end of his life. He died Sunday at age 72. His environmental policies were especially high-profile in his...

Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died at 72, aide says

Apr. 7, 2019 4:47 PM EDT
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Michael Busch, the longest-serving Maryland House speaker in the state's history, has died at 72, aide says.

Maryland passes countermeasure to Trump family-planning rule

Apr. 3, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Moving to counter Trump administration attempts to restrict abortion, the Maryland legislature has become the first in the country to pass a bill that would reject federal money for family planning services if clinics can't make abortion referral as part of their services. The rule...

Maryland approves raising age to 21 to buy tobacco

Apr. 3, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty...

Acting mayor: Baltimore 'in good hands' amid mayor scandal

Apr. 2, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's acting mayor told legislators Tuesday that the city "is in good hands" until the mayor decides whether to return after abruptly announcing a leave of absence to "focus on her health" amid a political scandal about "self-dealing" book sales. Mayor Catherine Pugh stepped...

The Latest: Nonprofit returning money from mayor's books

Apr. 2, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the Baltimore mayor's deals to sell her self-published children's books (all times local): 1 p.m. A nonprofit group says it is returning nearly $10,000 it received for its role in buying and distributing copies of children's books self-published by embattled Baltimore Mayor...