State Roundup, June 3, 2016

CHANGING DRUG CONVICTIONS: No longer will a person convicted in Maryland of possession with intent to distribute even a small amount of drugs face an automatic prison sentence of 10 years. And hundreds of nonviolent offenders who have been given severe penalties over the past three decades will be able to appeal to a judge to get out years ahead of schedule, writes Ovetta Wiggins for the Post.

DEL. O’DONNELL TO JOIN PSC: Del. TonyO’Donnell will be stepping down from his elected position this summer, as Gov. Larry Hogan will be appointing him to the Maryland Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities in the state, reports Jason Babcock for The governor’s office confirmed the appointment Wednesday afternoon. O’Donnell, first elected as delegate in 1994, said he will have a formal announcement next week about the move.