GOP lawmaker tells Franchot to back off Alabama divestment

One Republican state delegate is calling on Comptroller Peter Franchot to butt out of Alabama politics. The letter from Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-Carroll, comes in response to Franchot’s call for a review of contracts and investments made by the state with an eye toward divesting from Alabama after that state adopted one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. “I am dismayed that you have decided to opine on a matter that rests solely within the province of Alabama’s elected officials,” Shoemaker wrote in a letter to Franchot that was also emailed to reporters. “I recognize that elected officials, here and elsewhere, are wont to grandstand.” (Daily Record)

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Analysis: The data behind 90 days in Annapolis

Only 40 out of the 188 legislators in the Maryland General Assembly passed at least 50% of bills they introduced, and the average success rate for passing bills was 30.6%. Ten lawmakers passed every bill for which they were the primary sponsor. While some legislators were able to pass multiple bills, others struck out in their attempts and a few didn’t introduce any legislation. Capital News Service gathered data from the 2019 legislative session and conducted an analysis to report on some of the most striking takeaways from the General Assembly. (Md. Reporter)

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Baltimore sues another drugmaker amid high prices

Baltimore has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the maker of a drug that treats prostate cancer, alleging that the company worked to delay generic competition from coming to the market so it could continue to reap the benefits of its monopoly. The lawsuit, filed last week, is one of several the city has initiated in recent years as governments increasingly turn to the courts to combat the rising cost of prescription drug prices. (Daily Record)

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Maryland’s top finance official calls for economic retaliation against Alabama after state passes near-total abortion ban

Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation. The bill was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who also serves as vice chair of the state’s retirement system, is seeking a full divestment of the $52 billion pension fund from Alabama businesses and will soon make the case to the system’s board of trustees, he said. (CNBC)

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'Trump Has Engaged In Impeachable Conduct,' Says Rep Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash has become the first congressional Republican to call for the president's impeachment based on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The self-identifying libertarian Republican and frequent Trump critic shared his "principal conclusions" on Saturday, including his assertion that "President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct" in a Twitter thread on Saturday after reading the full redacted report. (WBAL)

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Md. consumer advocates push for new debt collection laws

Jailing a person for an unpaid debt has been illegal for almost two centuries in the United States. But in Maryland, a roundabout court procedure has seen hundreds of people every year jailed for essentially just that: owing money. In debt collection cases, a creditor can file a judgment — a claim that a debt is owed — to compel a debtor to appear in court to answer questions about their assets. Many of these cases result in garnishment — the legal collection of a portion of a debtor’s wages, property or bank accounts to pay back a debt. (WTOP)

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Annapolis council contender says he's been rejected from Ward 6 special election

DaJuan Gay, one of three Democrats vying for the Annapolis City Council’s vacant Ward 6 seat, said he’s been disqualified from running. Gay, 22, said he found out Thursday night his Certificate of Candidacy was rejected by the city. Gay’s treasurer did not sign the second page of the application, city officials told him. “It completely blindsided me,” Gay said. “We completely overlooked that. Everything else was signed and accounted for.” (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel council to hold hearing on income tax cap

The Anne Arundel County Council will hold a hearing Monday on a resolution that would cap county income taxes at 2.5%. Councilman Nathan Volke, R-Pasadena, proposed the cap after County Executive Steuart Pittman’s fiscal year 2020 budget included an income tax rate increase from 2.5% to 2.81%. That’s about $310 a year for families making $100,000. Volke said he put forth the resolution to let residents decide on the tax increase. He said choose 2.5% since its the current rate and close to previous rates in the past 20 years. If the resolution passes — Volke needs five votes — the cap would be placed on the 2020 election ballot as a referendum question. (Balt. Sun)

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