A coalition of Maryland Democratic lawmakers and other elected officials convened today in Annapolis to announce a series of proposals designed to bolster Marylanders’ rights that could be threatened by President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions.
The most concrete of the five legislative proposals was one that would allow the attorney general to take legal action against President Donald Trump while bypassing the approval currently needed from the governor.
The AP reports 17 states’ attorneys general have signed a letter vowing to fight Trump’s travel ban for people from seven majority-Muslim countries. Attorney General Brian Frosh has expressed interest in joining them, but currently needs approval from Gov. Larry Hogan under Maryland law. The measure announced today, called the Maryland Defense Act of 2017 and sponsored by state Sens. Edward Kasemeyer and Richard Madaleno and Del. Bill Frick, would allow Frosh to skip that requirement if approved.
Appearing alongside Democratics legislative leaders, Frosh said Trump’s orders and announced intentions have “ranged from unsound and ill-advised to dangerous and unconstitutional.” Speaking specifically about the travel ban, he said it’s bad for the country, costly to administer and will negative affect business.
A second proposal in the package of five called the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act would create a commission to monitor federal efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and try to prepare the state for a repeal of the health care law. Another proposal would similarly create a task force to monitor federal changes to laws passed by Congress to protect consumers after the 2007-09 recession.
The other two measures are resolutions calling on Maryland’s members of Congress and Gov. Hogan to oppose any repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to withdraw Maryland from any calls for a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the Constitution. Del. Frick said at the State House that Trump wants to “rewrite the Constitution.”
Gov. Hogan’s office hasn’t responded to a message requesting a response to the proposal to let Frosh sue the president without his approval.
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