State Roundup: Delay in naming new elections administrator; Maryland stockpiles 30 months of abortion drug; few changes to embattled 529 savings plan

State Roundup: Delay in naming new elections administrator; Maryland stockpiles 30 months of abortion drug; few changes to embattled 529 savings plan

Maryland has announced that it has secured 2 1/2 years worth of the abortion drug mifepristone. Photo "Lek Prevent zawierajcy mifepriston" by Yuchacz is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

DELAY IN NAMING NEW ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR: Maryland’s State Board of Elections delayed on Monday an expected vote to name a new elections administrator. Board chair William Voelp said the delay was needed to allow for Michael Summers, a Democratic member of the five-member panel, to attend the meeting. The meeting to name a successor to Linda Lamone is now scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday. Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.

MARYLAND STOCKPILES 2 ½ YEARS OF ABORTION DRUG: Maryland is in possession of two-and-a-half-years-worth of a widely used abortion drug that it decided to stockpile after fears that the medication would be hard to come by due to possible legal battles. The state decided to stockpile mifepristone back in April after a federal judge in Texas temporarily stopped the use of the drug, stating the Food and Drug Administration improperly approved it 23 years ago. Scott Maucione/WYPR-FM.

DESPITE MOVE TO TREASURER, EMBATTLED 529 PLAN LEADERSHIP REMAINS: After account holders demanded answers following months of disappearing and frozen funds, the state treasurer’s office promised a fresh start for Maryland’s embattled college trust. However, since taking control of the program on June 1, little has changed, not even leadership. Rebecca Pryor/WBFF-TV.

HORSE INTERESTS TO PRESENT DEAL FOR STATE APPROVAL: Thoroughbred industry officials and owners of the Pimlico and Laurel Park tracks apparently have reached an agreement after difficult monthslong negotiations, a deal they are hoping to present today for approval at a meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission. Details were scant, but part of the negotiations have dealt with the horsemen and breeders giving a portion of their purses to track owners to underwrite operating expenses. William Zorzi/Maryland Matters.

ANGELOS’ SON TESTS WATER FOR U.S. SENATE RUN: A son of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos appears to be testing the waters for a potential U.S. Senate run. Comptroller Brooke Lierman (D) has endorsed Angela Alsobrooks for the Senate seat now held by Ben Cardin, who is not seeking re-election. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin said Sunday he plans to announce before July 4 whether he will run for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2024. Bryan P. Sears and William J. Ford/Maryland Matters.

MO CO SWEARS IN ELECTIONS BOARD WITH SOLEMNITY, FANFARE: “I want all of you to know that your work is more critical now than ever,” former U.S. Rep. Connie Morella (R-Dist. 8) told the Montgomery County Board of Elections at its swearing-in ceremony Monday. “I think you’ve sensed that we’ve faced disinformation and distrust of the literacy and the legitimacy of our elections,” Morella said. “Your work helps to eradicate this lack of faith in our electoral process.” Ginny Bixby/MoCo 360.

  • Only in Montgomery County did the occasion merit a celebratory swearing-in ceremony and live-streamed to the world, with flowers, a reception, a packed house, and almost two hours of soaring speeches from politicians about the sanctity of democracy. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

MOTIONS FLY IN SHERIFF JENKINS MACHINE GUN CASE: Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins appeared at a local gun firing range on multiple occasions and had opportunities to see demonstrations of the machine guns at the center of a federal indictment, according to a motion from his co-defendant’s attorney. Jenkins’ attorneys, however, said last week in their own motion that there was no evidence he ever saw the machine guns. Clara Niel/The Frederick News Post.

STATE FINDS INSURER ‘REDLINED’ B’MORE NEIGHBORHOODS: State regulators have ruled in favor of four Baltimore-area insurance brokers who accused Erie Insurance more than two years ago of discriminating by engaging in insurance “redlining” of predominantly Black neighborhoods in the city. Lorraine Mirabella/The Baltimore Sun.

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Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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