Senate Committee Approves Expanded Powers of Md. Attorney General to Challenge Trump Policies

By Len Lazarick

Hours after a brief hearing, a Senate committee approved a bill to expand the powers of Maryland’s attorney general, allowing him to challenge any action by the federal government that harms the health and welfare of Maryland citizens.

The measure, SJ5, the Maryland Defense Act, was sponsored by most Senate Democrats and its entire leadership and is clearly aimed at the Trump administration.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are moving swiftly to pass a resolution to enable the attorney general to sue the federal government, due to concerns about President Donald Trump’s administration.

A Senate committee voted 9-3 for the resolution Wednesday. It will be on the Senate floor Thursday.

The resolution would give the attorney general the authority to sue the federal government without permission from the governor for actions that may pose a threat to the health or welfare of residents.

Attorney General Brian Frosh cited the “erratic and impulsive” nature of Trump’s recent executive orders as examples for why the resolution is needed.