NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT: Dozens of new state laws will take effect on Saturday, including measures to increase opioid education programs for young people and increase the barrel limit for craft breweries. Staff and wire services for the Frederick News Post report that other measures taking effect would provide state money for Planned Parenthood if federal funding is cut off, and would extend tax credits to emergency responders.
REFORMING CRAFT BREW LAWS: Jeff Neiburg of the Salisbury Daily Times writes about the continuing struggles of Maryland’s craft brew businesses as Comptroller Peter Franchot works with his Reform on Tap Task Force. As Maryland gets ready to put new restrictions on it, Virginia is poised to lure the businesses away from the state.
DEM CHAIR CRITICAL OF HOGAN ON HEALTH CARE: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has criticized his party’s latest plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. But the head of the Maryland Democratic Party says he should do more. Josh Hicks of the Post writes that Kathleen Matthews said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that Hogan has shown a “lack of leadership” on the issue and was “acting more like a politician than a true governor who cares about the healthcare of hundreds of thousands of constituents.”