Questions arise over state contract for personal protective equipment

Questions surround an emergency contract used by Maryland's prison system to buy personal protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. It's the latest emergency procurement by the state to raise questions into millions of dollars of purchases made by the state with no bidding and little oversight. Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday questioned the $25.6 million contract with AB Medical. The problem, as Franchot sees it, is the company didn't exist before its deal with the state, and its principal officer works for an investment firm in Baltimore.