State Roundup: OPC says BGE customers would get hit hard by proposed cost recovery plan; State drug board names 6 meds for cost review; Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to state assault weapons ban, for now

State Roundup: OPC says BGE customers would get hit hard by proposed cost recovery plan; State drug board names 6 meds for cost review; Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to state assault weapons ban, for now

The Office of the People's Counsel says that BGE customers would be unfairly burdened by Talen Energy Corp.’s proposed cost recovery plan. Image by Keli Black from Pixabay

BGE CUSTOMERS WOULD BEAR BRUNT OF COST RECOVERY, OPC SAYS: The Office of People’s Counsel, which represents utility customers, said in a federal filing last week that Houston-based Talen Energy Corp.’s proposed cost recovery plan would amount to about $215 million per year. About three-quarters of that would fall to BGE customers, who make up the greatest share of consumers served, with the rest shouldered by customers of Pepco, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and others, OPC said. Lorraine Mirabella/The Baltimore Sun.

STATE DRUG BOARD NAMES 6 MEDS FOR COST REVIEW: A Maryland board tasked with constraining prescription drug costs officially named six medications Monday for “cost review,” to determine if the drugs pose affordability challenges for Marylanders on the state’s health care plan. Drugs treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and HIV/AIDS did not make the list for now. Danielle Brown/Maryland Matters.

MARYLAND TEACHER WORKFORCE REMAINS MAJORITY WHITE: Maryland’s teacher workforce still remains majority white, according to data recently released by the state Department of Education,  but advocates are hopeful that new laws could help turn that around. William Ford/Maryland Matters.

SUPREMES DECLINE TO HEAR CHALLENGE TO ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined, for now, to hear a challenge to a Maryland law banning certain semiautomatic firearms commonly referred to as assault weapons. It would have been unusual for the justices to take up a case at this point, since a lower court is still weighing it. Lindsay Whitehurst/The Associated Press.

SUPREMES DECLINE TO HEAR SUIT AGAINST MCPS GENDER ID GUIDE: The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case challenging Montgomery County Public Schools’ gender identity guidelines that provide support for transgender students. The lawsuit was filed by two MCPS parents in 2020 who alleged that MCPS’ gender identity guidelines, which advise staff not to disclose a student’s stated gender to their parents without permission, violate federal laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Elia Griffin/MoCo 360.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ALSOBROOKS-HOGAN MATCH: Marylanders will be forgiven if they feel they’ve been dropped into the movie “Groundhog Day” between now and Election Day, Nov. 5. That’s because the state’s marquee U.S. Senate race between Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) and former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is unlikely to change much in the next 5 1/2 months. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

COMMENTARY: BLACK WOMEN ARE ELECTABLE: All eyes were on Maryland for the high-stakes Democratic primary, where Angela Alsobrooks secured the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat. At the center of this primary was the notion of electability, the idea that the most electable people, those likeliest to win, are the candidates with the most money, or who look the most like the ones we’ve always elected. But Alsobrooks’ commanding victory debunks this trope and shows what we have long known: Black women are electable because of their records and lived experiences, and we must redefine our understanding of electability to reflect this. Jessica Mackler and Fatima Goss Graves/Maryland Matters.

MOORE GIVES COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT UM: Gov. Wes Moore told University of Maryland students to be prepared to make hard choices and be strong when faced with unexpected challenges in their lives and careers during his keynote speech at the university’s spring commencement Monday evening. Lilly Price/The Baltimore Sun.

EIGHT VICTIMS SPEAK DURING ARCHDIOCESE BANKCRUPTCY HEARING: For a second time, survivors of childhood sexual abuse presented statements during a hearing in the Archdiocese of Baltimore bankruptcy case. Eight people shared their stories. Many spoke about how being sexually abused stole their childhood, drove them to alcoholism and drug addiction, and ruined their ability to develop relationships and trust others. Dylan Segelbaum/The Baltimore Banner.

  • The 58-year-old woman couldn’t bear to share the details of the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, but its effect on her came across loud and clear as she faced the leader of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Do you see me now?” she cried toward Archbishop William Lori, who was seated across the courtroom from her. “Do I matter to you now?” Alex Mann and Jonathan Pitts/The Baltimore Sun.

NEXT STEPS FOR DALI, CARGO AND CREW: Now that the Dali is back at Seagirt Marine Terminal, after having been refloated and guided by five tugboats, what happens to the ship, the cargo and the crew, which has spent two months on board caring for the disabled vessel? Michael Laris/The Washington Post.

  • Finally fastened to land again after almost two months, the crew of the cargo ship Dali will remain aboard for the foreseeable future, their lives largely unchanged for now. Their world will continue to be the 984-foot hull of the ship as they keep its systems in order and avail themselves to investigators. Hugo Kugiya /The Baltimore Banner.

HOW THE WEATHER SERVICE AIDED KEY BRIDGE RESPONSE: Since the day the Key Bridge collapsed, the National Weather Service has been providing hourly forecasts specifically for the bridge site with a dedicated webpage launched just for the response effort. Christine Condon/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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