ALCOHOL REGULATION TO RETURN: When the Maryland General Assembly returns to the State House next week, legislators will be taking another look at measures aimed at alcohol regulation and the state's brewing industry - one of the 2018 session's more contentious topics, Amanda Yeager of the Baltimore Business Journal writes.

HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE: Health insurance premiums on plans in Maryland's individual insurance market decreased this year as a result of a reinsurance fund state lawmakers approved last year, but the fund only has enough money to last a few years. To keep premiums down over the long term, state lawmakers who return to Annapolis next week are considering a new health insurance mandate and a fine for anyone who lacks insurance, Rachel Chason of WYPR-FM reports.