Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan faces pressure on bills about drug prices and renewable energy

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is facing pressure to sign bills that would create a state board to monitor drug prices and to increase the state’s requirements for using renewable energy. Hogan, a Republican, has already signed 552 bills and resolutions that were passed by state lawmakers, and has about two more weeks to decide the fate of more than 300 more pieces of legislation. Hogan has three options on bills: veto them, sign them into law or allow them to become law without his signature. (Balt. Sun)

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Pulse Poll: Should Maryland help keep the Preakness in Baltimore?

Cloud Computing, ridden by Javier Castellano, second from left, wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course as Classic Empire, with Julien Leparoux aboard, takes second on May 20, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, has been held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course since 1873. Today Pimlico has fallen into disrepair. The Maryland Stadium Authority says it would take $424 million to renovate the facility. (Daily Record)

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Md. Gov. Hogan signs bills on education, health, crimes against pregnant women

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed 182 new bills into law, including some that regulate tobacco sales, require publicizing the amount of lead in the water in Maryland schools, and make accessing health care easier. On Monday, Hogan was joined by Senate President Mike Miller and newly-elected House Speaker Adrienne Jones. Hogan commented on the Jones’ no-nonsense style when he noted the bill signing was supposed to start at 11 a.m. “I’ll tell you, there’s no more fooling around anymore. She just said it’s 11:01 — we have to get to work! So, there’s a new sheriff in town,” Hogan said as Jones chuckled. (WTOP)

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Baltimore politicians, track owners duel over Pimlico future

Aptly nicknamed Old Hilltop, antiquated Pimlico Race Course has finally reached the point where its illustrious past might not be enough to assure a vibrant future. The 144th Preakness will be run Saturday at Pimlico, and will be back next year, too. After that, well, nobody can predict the fate of a track where Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat and many others pranced to the winner’s circle. There continues to be a push to have Laurel Park host the second leg of the Triple Crown. (AP) 

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New Maryland law aimed at ‘team culture’ to help protect college athletes

A bill designed to protect the health and safety of college athletes has been signed into law in Maryland. State Del. Shelly Hettleman said the bill was a direct result of the “unfortunate and tragic death” of Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old University of Maryland athlete from Randallstown, Maryland. McNair was an offensive lineman at the College Park campus who collapsed after a preseason conditioning drill and later died last year. Investigations found that there was a delay of more than an hour before 911 was called to attend to the freshman football player. McNair’s death led to calls for changes at the University of Maryland. (WTOP)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan signs bill banning young adults from buying tobacco, nicotine products

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a measure Monday to raise the age for buying tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21 — after Maryland’s legislature carved out an exemption for members of the military. In signing the bill, the Republican governor broke with some members of his party, who had decried the measure as “nanny state” legislation. Democrats argued the bill is aimed at protecting teens from the harmful health effects of smoking. “There is no more important job than protecting the health and safety of Marylanders,” Hogan said of signing the legislation, along with several other health-related bills. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan, Local Lawmakers Give Thumbs-Down to Trump’s July 4 Plan

President Trump’s plan to tweak Washington, D.C.’s traditional July 4 celebration on the National Mall isn’t playing well with political leaders in neighboring Maryland. According to The Washington Post Saturday, Trump ordered Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to begin organizing an event called “A Salute to America” three months ago. The customary Independence Day fireworks would be moved from the center of the mall to a spot closer to the Potomac River, the Post reported. And the president, who is up for reelection next year, would break from tradition by giving a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Md. Matters)

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‘I’m at the helm’: In battered Baltimore, a veteran politician aims for calm

On his first weekend as mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young visited a neighborhood where a gunman’s stray bullets outside a corner market wounded five people, including two toddlers. “My heart breaks for our babies,” said Young, standing in the rain alongside the police commissioner, himself only recently hired. They were seeking to reassure a raw and frazzled city three days after a scandal forced former mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) to resign. Their audience was skeptical. (Wash. Post)

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