State Roundup, December 16, 2016

HEALTH SECT’Y STEPS DOWN: Gov. Larry Hogan’s health secretary has left his job for what was described as “opportunities in the private sector,” the governor’s office announced Thursday. Erin Cox of the Sun writes that Van T. Mitchell, a former lobbyist and Democratic state delegate, had led the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since Hogan was inaugurated almost two years ago.

CHANGES IN JUVIE SHACKLING: A legislative task force on Thursday recommended limiting the situations in which juveniles accused of crimes in Maryland can be bound in restraints, but it stopped short of proposing sweeping reforms that would drastically curtail the controversial practice, Erica Green reports for the Baltimore Sun.