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Percentage of New Mexico state legislative incumbents facing primaries at its highest since 2014

Twelve of the 57 New Mexico state legislators running for re-election – eight Democrats and four Republicans – face contested primaries. That equals 21% of incumbents seeking re-election, the highest rate since 2014. The remaining 45% of incumbents are not facing primary challengers. While there are fewer incumbents in contested primaries this year than in […]

Louisiana House committee approves education savings account program for victims of bullying

Legislation to provide student bullying and sexual assault victims with state funds to attend non-public schools cleared the Senate Education Committee this week. Committee members voted 4-2 to approve House Bill 452, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Freiberg, R-Baton Rouge, to create state-funded Education Savings Accounts parents can use to educate their children outside of the public […]

Hogan implores Maryland comptroller to deter summer gas tax hike

Maryland’s governor is urging the comptroller to think long and hard about the state’s gas tax this summer before ordering any increase. Gov. Larry Hogan is asking Comptroller Peter Franchot to take immediate steps that would either stop or lessen the impact the legislatively passed gas tax. According to a release, the comptroller, through 2013 legislation, is […]

Maryland parents scrambling to find baby formula

Amid a national shortage in baby formula, safety and caution are being encouraged to Maryland families by a state pediatrics chapter. “For most babies, it’s not dangerous because they can just try another formula,” Debbie Badawi, president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told The Center Square. “It’s really an issue […]

Wyoming is only state so far to change number of state legislators after redistricting

Wyoming enacted new state legislative district boundaries on March 25 when Gov. Mark Gordon (R) allowed the maps to become law without signing them. The bill adds one Senate seat and two House of Representatives seats to the state legislature, meaning that after the 2022 elections, Wyoming will have 31 state senators and 62 state […]

Louisiana Legislature puts finishing touches on nearly $40B budget

The Louisiana Legislature finalized budget bills on Thursday that authorize nearly $40 billion in spending for the state’s annual operating budget, and roughly another $8 billion on construction, courts and other priorities. The House voted 88-7 in a final concurrence vote on Thursday to approve House Bill 1, the nearly $40 billion state operating budget for […]

Hospital transfer to advance health care in Maryland

The transfer of a 175-acre site will help shape health care delivery in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan said. The Republican governor, winding down his final term in office, announced the Spring Grove Hospital Center site has been transferred to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The transfer coincides with the state’s long-term plan to bring health-care delivery […]

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ nears for Maryland chicken farmers battling avian flu

As flocks around the country continue to test positive for avian influenza, experts in Maryland are hopeful that the worst is over. So far this year, four commercial flocks in the Free State have tested positive for the highly virulent virus that resulted in the elimination of 1.7 million chickens, according to Maryland Department of […]

Marylanders have capital budget in place, cap on cost of insulin

The Maryland governor has signed 140 additional bipartisan bills into law. Gov. Larry Hogan announced bills have now become law that include the state’s budget, capping the cost of insulin, expanding dementia services, and allowing paramedics and emergency medical technicians to give vaccines. “Today we are signing dozens of impactful measures that directly affect Marylanders’ daily lives, including […]

Maryland governor signs 105 bipartisan bills into law

With the swift movements of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s pen, 105 bipartisan bills will become law in the coming months. Hogan signed bills pertaining to opioid overdose prevention across the state, in addition to sending more funding to local governments that is to be used to improve infrastructure. “We are signing another 105 bipartisan bills into law, […]