Bill Allowing Hopkins Police Force Approved By Legislative Committee, Debate Heading To House Floor

The bill to authorize Johns Hopkins to operate its own police force has been approved by a legislative committee and will be debated on the floor of the House next week. Proponents say the bill would make Johns Hopkins campuses safer, while opponents say it could put neighborhoods at risk. On March 14, a stray bullet shattered a window on the 6th floor of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Outpatient Cancer building. It was added evidence from Johns Hopkins in a hearing to have its own police force. (WJZ-TV)

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'Who looked the other way?' Lawmakers grill University of Maryland hospital leadership on self-dealing scandal

Lawmakers in Annapolis on Friday grilled leaders at the University of Maryland Medical System as they considered sweeping legislation to reform the hospital network after allegations of self-dealing and no-bid contracting with board members. The House of Delegates Health and Government Operations Committee heard testimony on fast-tracked emergency legislation to bar board members from abusing their “prestige of office” after The Baltimore Sun reported nine members — including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — had deals benefiting their private companies with the system of hospitals they were tasked with overseeing. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Panel Passes Scaled-Back Drug Affordability Bill

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has passed a scaled-back version of a measure aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable. The House Health and Government Operations Committee voted 20-3 Friday to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board. Supporters say it would begin to address high costs of prescription drugs by setting limits on how much state and local government pay for expensive medications. It’s a scaled-back version of the initial proposal because it only affects prices paid for drugs by state and local government. The bill now goes to the House. (WJZ-TV)

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Protesters gather in Havre de Grace, call for Del. Mary Ann Lisanti's expulsion

Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti has resisted cries to resign from the House of Delegates for using a racial slur, but a number of her constituents are still calling for her ouster from the Maryland General Assembly. The group of people seeking her expulsion gathered at the intersection of Revolution and Stokes streets in Havre de Grace — Lisanti’s hometown and current place of residence — Friday evening for a protest. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland panel OKs medical aid in dying bill with changes

A Maryland Senate panel has approved a bill to allow the terminally ill to end their lives with a doctor’s help, but some advocates say senators changed the bill so much that few patients would have the option. The measure approved Friday stripped out provisions allowing doctors to have immunity from lawsuits. It also tightened the definition for terminally ill. Sen. Robert Zirkin, who chairs the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, says added safeguards were needed to protect people. (WTOP)

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear second Md. gerrymandering case Tuesday

Maryland’s first emergency redistricting commission met in Annapolis for the last time on Friday. And despite support from its members to continue a nonpartisan redistricting process moving forward, it remains unlikely to become the state’s new model. With only a handful of days left in the General Assembly session, the state Senate has taken no substantial steps to advance Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) proposed redistricting legislation, and the House committee assigned the bills has voted against them. (News-Post)

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Healthy Holly book deal poses new political challenge for Baltimore's Mayor Pugh

Running for election three years ago, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh promised in a campaign ad to be “transparent and accountable.” In another she pledged “honest leadership.” The message was aimed at setting her apart from her chief rival, former mayor Sheila Dixon, who had been forced from office in a corruption scandal. Now, in the early stages of her re-election bid, Pugh has come under fire for revelations that while she sat on the board of the University of Maryland Medical System, the organization paid her $500,000 for children’s books she authored. (Balt. Sun)

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Department of Justice: Mueller report finds no evidence Trump campaign coordinated with Russia in 2016

The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer. In a four-page letter to Congress, Attorney General William Barr quoted Mueller's report as stating it "does not exonerate" the president on obstruction. Instead, Barr said, it "sets out evidence on both sides of the question." (Balt. Sun)

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