Legislation would create Ibogaine study

The natural drug Ibogaine that some see as possibly helping treat opioid drug addiction is the topic of House Bill 1207 sponsored by Del. Wendell Beitzel (R-Allegany-Garrett). “My proposed bill to create an Ibogaine treatment study program has been assigned a hearing,” Beitzel said Tuesday. Ibogaine, a natural drug, may be helpful in treating drug addiction by interrupting cravings and easing withdrawal. (Times-News)

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Bill: students could use sunscreen without doctor’s note

A measure allowing Maryland students to use sunscreen without a doctor’s note is advancing in the General Assembly. The Senate passed the bill 44-0 Thursday. A similar bill is moving forward in the House. The measure would require each local board of education to adopt a written policy authorizing a student to use sunscreen on school property or a school-sponsored event without written permission from a health care provider. (AP)

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February 22 // Hogan, Pugh announce hundreds of arrests as part of anti-crime sweep in Baltimore

A coordinated crime-fighting initiative involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies led to hundreds of arrests in Baltimore City over the past 60 days, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. "Operation 7 Sentries" focuses on taking "immediate and aggressive steps... to assist the Baltimore City Police Department in an effort to remove as many repeat violent offenders as possible from the streets of Baltimore City as quickly as possible," the governor said at a press conference attended by Mayor Catherine Pugh, Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa and law enforcement officials. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Senate president effectively kills bill on international election observers

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) does not often turn over the reins of the floor session to the Senate pro tem. But he did just that on Wednesday, leaving the rostrum and sitting in one of the floor seats in order to speak out against a bill that would change how the state oversees international election observers. Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-Montgomery), who sponsored the legislation, said it was designed to increase election security by ensuring the state Board of Elections handles the process for allowing international observers, rather than having local boards do it and then information to the state. (Wash. Post)

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Ban on teens buying semi-automatic rifles proposed by Maryland Congressional rep

Some members of Congress are pressing for action on new gun safety measures following last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Upper Marlboro, said he is planning to introduce legislation that would prevent teenagers from buying a semi-automatic rifle or assault weapon. The measure would raise the federal minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21 years old, the same age for buying a handgun.  In a letter sent to his House colleagues Friday, Brown requested that Congress “close this outdated loophole” and asked for co-sponsors for his bill. (Daily Times)

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Kevin Kamenetz picks former Montgomery County councilwoman as running mate

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has selected former Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin as his running mate in the race for governor, adding a progressive voice from the Washington suburbs to his effort to win the Democratic nomination. Ervin was the first African-American woman to serve on the Montgomery County Council and most recently worked as an adviser to a national nonprofit that promotes causes for working class families. Kamenetz said Ervin, 61, will be a good political partner because she’s a skilled leader. (Balt. Sun)

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Poll: Chelsea Manning unlikely to defeat Ben Cardin; Democratic race for governor is wide open

The Democratic primary election for Maryland governor is a wide open race for the seven candidates seeking to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November, according to a new poll from Goucher College. The poll also found that Sen. Ben Cardin would defeat Chelsea Manning if the election was held today, and that Democratic voters say their decisions will hinge on the issues of education, the economy and employment. (Balt. Sun)

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Legislators put forward Police Protection Act at Carroll State's Attorney's request

After Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo requested that members of the Carroll Delegation submit legislation entitled the Police Protection Act, designed to prevent court commissioners from releasing those charged with first-degree assault on a police officer or second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer that results in injury, Sen. Justin Ready and Del. Haven Shoemaker did just that. According to a news release from the State’s Attorney’s Office, Ready submitted Senate Bill 736 and Shoemaker submitted House Bill 1128, both of which would require the court commissioner to hold a defendant charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer without bond until a bail review is held before a District Court judge. (Carr. Co. Times)

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