Olszewski announces effort to battle opioid crisis in Baltimore County

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. is asking a group of medical leaders to develop strategies the county can use to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. The group will analyze public input and draft health recommendations to the county for treating addiction and reducing overdoses, Olszewski announced Thursday. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Council President Scott to form panel to examine city's cybersecurity after crippling computer hack

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott announced Thursday that he is convening a special committee focused on cybersecurity and emergency preparedness as City Hall struggles to recover from a hack that has crippled the government’s email and other computer systems. (Balt. Sun)

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Brave faces and tight lips as City Hall seeks to normalize a hacked government

Officials say municipal workers are soldiering on in the wake of the ransomware attack on Baltimore government computers, but the furrowed brows and workarounds were apparent everywhere at City Hall this week. As spokesman Lester Davis stood outside the office of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Monday and reassured reporters they would still get press releases (“we’re using a third party email”), a receptionist was answering the phones with a smooth apology. “Unfortunately,” she informed the caller, “the phone lines are challenged right now.” (Brew)

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Mid-Shore lawmakers offer legislative session wrap-up

District representatives outlined victories and struggles from the most recent legislative session on Wednesday afternoon at the Tidewater Inn. In the luncheon held by the Talbot Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by 1880 Bank, about 50 local business professionals listened to Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico, Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, and Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, each offer summaries of the session, with a brief Q&A period to close. Adams spoke to the $15 minimum wage bill and the Clean Energy Jobs Act. To the prior, Adams said “we basically gutted that bill in our committee this year,” highlighting “a tremendous amount of negative consequences.” (Star Democrat)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan, lawmakers call for reforms of UMMS affiliate boards, whose members also hold contracts

State officials outraged in recent weeks by self-dealing contracts between the University of Maryland Medical System and its board members are calling on the health network’s affiliate hospitals to reform their board practices, as well, after a Baltimore Sun investigation revealed similar business ties. UMMS has endured the recent wrath of lawmakers upset that the medical system entered into contracts with the companies of nearly a third of its board of directors — particularly because several of them were no-bid deals. The outcry resulted in the resignations of seven board members, including the UMMS CEO and Baltimore’s mayor. (Balt. Sun) 

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In scoring transit projects, Hogan administration ranks road-widening plan first, Baltimore Red Line last

After Republican Gov. Larry Hogan killed Baltimore’s proposed $2.9 billion Red Line light rail project in 2015, Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly tried to fight back — passing legislation mandating the Maryland Department of Transportation create a metric-based scoring system to rank capital projects. The idea, they argued, was to prevent the governor from killing major projects on a whim or prioritizing cars over public transportation without supporting data. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County Council raises questions about police practices

Montgomery County Council members are asking police to release “all body camera footage” from the May 9 incident in which a white county police officer is heard using a racial slur when confronting a group of black men outside a McDonald’s in White Oak. “We’re trying to dig into the underlying circumstances around why this interaction happened in the first place,” Council member Will Jawando told WTOP. In a letter sent to acting police Chief Russ Hamill, the nine members of the county council also expressed concerns about what they say are apparent agreements between some local businesses and the police department. (WTOP)

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Powerful senator part cheerleader, part skeptic of Gov. Hogan highway plan

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A powerful committee chairwoman whose district is at the center of a tug-of-war over transportation policy has strong feelings when it comes to a key plank of the Hogan administration’s plan to widen two crowded interstate highways. (WTOP)

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