- California: The state Senate Appropriations Committee in a 5-2 vote last week advanced a bill (SB 562) that would replace California's current privatized health care system with a universal government-funded system. The bill now heads to the full Senate, which is scheduled to vote on the measure in June (AP/ABC10, 5/25).
- Maryland: Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams on Thursday granted a temporary restraining order that prohibits the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing new licenses to grow medical marijuana until June 2, when there is another hearing in the lawsuit. The lawsuit—filed by Alternative Medicine Maryland, a company owned primarily by black Americans that was not granted a license—claims that regulators did not take into account how the company is minority-owned, despite a legal mandate to do so (Nirappil, Washington Post, 5/25).
- Mississippi: Mississippi Baptist Health Systems has tapped Bobbie Ware to be CEO of Baptist Medical Center. Prior to her new role, Ware was CNO for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and COO of Baptist Medical Center, as well as director of Baptist Cancer Services (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/25).
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