- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Fearful of President Donald Trump’s policies, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to empower the state’s Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government without permission from the state’s Republican governor.

The House of Delegates is expected to make a final vote Wednesday on the joint resolution already approved by the Senate.

Democrats control Maryland’s legislature. They have noted worries about potential Affordable Care Act repeal as one reason for expanding the attorney general’s powers. Maryland’s attorney general has lacked the common law authority to sue the federal government on his own after a 1984 ruling by the state’s highest court.

Republicans contend the resolution upsets checks and balances outlined in Maryland’s constitution, but Democrats say more than 40 other attorneys general have the authority to sue on their own.

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