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Hogan cites bipartisanship, pushes school safety, crime bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While citing bipartisan agreement on health care, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made a renewed push for legislation to fight crime and boost school safety on Monday.

The move came as the General Assembly enters its last two weeks of its 90-day legislative session in a big election year.  Hogan, a Republican who is working with a Democratic-led legislature, praised agreement on a bill to rescue the fiscally struggling individual market in the state's health care exchange.

The agreement would tap about $350 million that health insurance companies and managed care organizations won't have to pay in taxes due to the federal tax overhaul to keep rates down for the next year. It also puts the state on a path for a long-term solution through reinsurance, which protects insurers against very high claims.

The House and Senate still need to vote on the conference committee's agreement to finish the budget work before the assembly is scheduled to adjourn at midnight April 9.
Hogan also urged the House to pass a crime bill the Senate approved. It includes tougher sentences for repeat violent offenders and funding for programs to reduce crime. The measure is partly a response to rising crime in Baltimore, which had 342 murders in 2017 and set a record for homicides on a per-capita basis.

Source: AP

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