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Critics Suggest Hogan Is Ignoring Key Elements of Prescription Drug Bill

Maryland Matters
August 28, 2019
By: Bruce DePuyt

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Vincent DeMarco, head of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, a chief backer of the bill, is hopeful Hogan intends to use existing Health Department funds to get the drug board on its feet and to allow the executive director to hire staff.

“That would be great,” he said. Staffing the board with existing personnel, however, instead of with its own executive director, “would clearly be bad policy and — I believe — illegal.”

“The statute says very explicitly the board is independent and the board chair ‘shall hire an executive director, general counsel and staff,’” he added. “It can’t be more clear than that.”