Senate panel’s move could stop handgun review 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.” (Daily Record)

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62 Percent Of Marylanders Polled Support Aid In Dying Bill

The Maryland End of Life Option Act was once again drawing attention in Annapolis, with those for and against it lining up to testify in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. End of Life Option supporters and opponents have made several trips to Annapolis this session and this was no exception. Marci Rubin, who is in the fight of her life, supports the bill. “I just got a cat scan the other day,” said Rubin. (WJZ-TV)

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Can Bernie Sanders re-create the magic? Vermont senator joins 2020 Democratic race

The return of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to presidential politics this week will test how much the Democratic Party has truly shifted to the left as well as gauge the resilience of a self-proclaimed democratic socialist candidate whose message has changed little even as the political landscape around him has shifted. Sanders plunged into the 2020 race Tuesday with a campaign video recapping many of the promises of his 2016 effort: Medicare for all, free college tuition for all and the dismantling of what he calls the rigged economy favoring the wealthy. (Balt. Sun)

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High Court Denies Maryland Appeal Of Drug Price-Gouging Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a Maryland appeal to uphold the state’s law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The high court on Tuesday denied Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s appeal without comment, letting a lower court ruling against the law stand. The law approved in 2017 enabled the state’s attorney general to sue makers of off-patent or generic drugs for price increases that state officials considered “unconscionable.” That was defined as an excessive increase, unjustified by the cost of producing or distributing the drugs. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland lawmakers to study legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 with state law or by referendum

Leaders of Maryland's General Assembly created a work group Tuesday to study legalizing recreational use of marijuana — a signal the legislature won’t pass legislation this year on the issue. The bipartisan group will make recommendations at the end of December that could be used to develop bills for the 2020 legislative session. House Speaker Michael Busch said in a statement that he wanted to make sure legislators “understand all of the complexities of legalization and are prepared if, indeed, we move forward.” (Balt. Sun)

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After Efforts to Oust Her Sag, Kopp Wins 5th Full Term as Md. Treasurer

The Annapolis Players production of “Will Nancy Kopp Get Re-elected Treasurer of Maryland?” came to an abrupt close on Tuesday. Spoiler alert: The finale lacked for drama. With the legislature meeting in joint session in the House of Delegates chamber, Kopp was the choice of 134 members of the House and Senate. Forty-nine cast ballots for other candidates, including two who participated in the formal vetting process, former Amtrak official William Campbell and former federal contractor Elliot M. Reed. (Md. Matters)

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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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