State Roundup, June 21, 2016

SAVINGS FOR DISABLED: Starting in fall 2017, Maryland will offer a new savings account that allows people with disabilities to set aside money without losing eligibility for benefits, Pamela Wood reports for the Sun. A law passed in this year’s General Assembly session will allow families and disabled people to set aside up to $14,000 a year — up to $100,000 total — without affecting eligibility for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other government programs. Officials say an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Marylanders may be eligible to save.


Chris Shank in Senate debate.

SHANK NAMED CHIEF LEGISLATIVE OFFICER: Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday named Chris Shank, who recently spearheaded his administration’s successful effort to overhaul Maryland’s criminal justice system, to be his chief legislative officer. Shank, a Republican who represented Washington County in the state Senate, will replace Joseph M. Getty, whom Hogan recently named to the Court of Appeals.