Sine Die 2017

Maryland’s Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones, center, hold hands with the minority and majority leaders and whips on either side in the House of Delegates moments after the General Assembly adjourned for the year.

ANNAPOLIS — As the General Assembly’s 2017 session wrapped up Monday, Maryland lawmakers were the first in the country to pass legislation in certain areas.

On Monday morning, lawmakers became the first to pass a bill that prohibits price gouging for essential generic prescription drugs. It empowers the state’s attorney general to take legal action after “unconscionable” price increases.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

(6) comments

MD1756

How many of the legislators even read the bills they passed? 90 day session and 950 bills? What is left to legislate? How many breaths I'm allowed to take each day?

jerseygrl42

glad to see sanctuary state is DEAD and the same should happen to the taxpayer gouging to enrich the Plamondons and Randalls hotel boondoggle ...how shameful ...ditto planned parenthood...if one wishes to terminate an unborn child, one should not ask others to pay for it

Toddman

The DEM-controlled legislature apparently believes theres a program for everything. Would prefer quality over quantity any day. We need a return to two-party politics in Maryland, starting with REPLACEMENT of Ron Young and Carol Young with representatives that represent Frederick values.

public-redux

Most politicians prefer that you get their names right. Helps with name recognition. You're probably referring to Karen Lewis Young.

sue1955

Unlike the article yesterday about the pharmaceutical prices, this gives more information. Price gouging over generic drugs? Generic drugs are already cheap. What is this legislation going to improve anything. The real issue are the very high prices for brand name drugs that have no equivalent and/or have not gone to a generic version (based on law).

And why is the legislation still on the table for the hotel and conference center? I can't believe that the majority of Marylanders support this, let alone Frederick County/City residents. It's outrageous on so many aspects, as we have commented previously.

KellyAlzan

The majority of Marylanders DO NOT support this. It was shammed into a package. Snuck in. Nothing but a dirty, greedy, piggy, sham.

Let's hope the Maryland stadium authority denies funding. There's still hope.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. No vulgar, racist, sexist or sexually-oriented language.
Engage ideas. This forum is for the exchange of ideas, not personal attacks or ad hominem criticisms.
TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
Be civil. Don't threaten. Don't lie. Don't bait. Don't degrade others.
No trolling. Stay on topic.
No spamming. This is not the place to sell miracle cures.
No deceptive names. Apparently misleading usernames are not allowed.
Say it once. No repetitive posts, please.
Help us. Use the 'Report' link for abusive posts.

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.