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The Latest on the start of Maryland’s legislative session

From The Olympian

By The Associated Press

January 9, 2019

EXCERPT:

Maryland’s House speaker is expressing confidence lawmakers will approve legislation designed to make prescription drugs more affordable.

House Speaker Michael Busch said Wednesday on the first day of the state’s legislative session that he believes lawmakers will pass a bill to create a state board to review prescription drug affordability.

Busch spoke about the proposal during a morning appearance at the Annapolis Summit, which is sponsored by The Daily Record and the Marc Steiner Show. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says he agrees something must be done, because prescription drug costs are “out of control.”

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says drug costs are “outrageous.” He says something should be done, but in a way that won’t be struck down in the courts.