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New laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District

Out with plastic straws, up with minimum wage and in with happy-hour ads as new laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District
The Washington Post
By: Laura Vozzella and Ovetta Wiggin
June 28

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As of Monday, Maryland will become the first state in the country to create an oversight board charged with lowering prescription drug costs.

Vincent DeMarco, the president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, said July 1 marks a “major milestone” in the effort to lower drug costs.

The drug affordability board would cap the costs of certain prescription drugs when purchased by state and local government employers. If successful, it could be expanded to other employers. The board’s decisions to set caps will have to be approved by the Legislative Policy Committee, a panel of top state lawmakers.