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April 2015

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State Roundup, April 17, 2015

Published on April 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan weighs veto of education funding bill; Sun editorial board says Hogan should sign charter school bill; campus sexual assault and student privacy measures succeed; who were the winners and losers in the session; Hogan’s legislative relations on the rocks; property tax break OK’d for landfill neighbors; a court case about a fence may slow Purple Line; and former delegate joins disabilities department he helped create... Read More


April 2015

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State Roundup, April 16, 2015

Published on April 16th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Board of Public Works approves emergency food contract for city jail after concerns raised over underbidding; Gov. Hogan takes time out at BPW meeting to blast Speaker Busch over budget battle; heroin task force hears personal stories about the problem; former Del. Dwyer ordered to pay boat crash victim; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards picks up endorsements in Prince George’s; Del. Davis to seek Edwards’ U.S. House seat; Glenn Ivey outraises Anthony Brown in race for Edwards’ seat; and chief justice reports for jury duty... Read More


Budget

Hogan Busch bill signing

Hogan again criticizes Busch’s handling of budget

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Hard feelings from the just-finished legislative session spilled over into the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, as Gov. Larry Hogan used his seat as chairman to call out House Speaker Michael Busch. “I’m not going to allow the petulant and unprecedented action by the Speaker, ignoring our supplemental budget, to go,” said Hogan, addressing a representative from the Maryland State Police who was testifying on police radios... Read More


Board of Public Works

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Hogan, Franchot deplore food contract mess at Baltimore jail

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The fear of hungry inmates rioting at the Baltimore City Detention Center prompted top state officials to approve an emergency contract with a food vendor that had seriously underbid its three-year contract. “We can’t wake up tomorrow morning and not serve food to the prisoners and have a riot on our hands,” said Gov. Larry Hogan at the Wednesday Board of Public Works meeting... Read More


April 2015

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State Roundup, April 15, 2015

Published on April 15th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

The budget standoff could illustrate the new reality in Annapolis; one question left hanging is what will happen to $200 million lawmakers set aside for specific items; on Tuesday, lawmakers, advocates and Gov. Hogan were all smiles as the bill-signing began; businesses aren’t elated by the session, but they also aren’t sorely disappointed; the University of Maryland System is anticipating the pinch of budget cuts; Van Hollen picks up more support in race for U.S. Senate; but so does Donna Edwards; and a dairy farm in Frederick is at the center of a federal asset seizure issue... Read More


General Assembly

Freshmen Antonio Hayes Cory McCray Brooke Lierman Andrew Platt

Freshman delegates hit the ground running, reflect on first year

Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Lawmakers lined up along the walls of the Governor's Reception Room, waiting to stand behind Gov. Larry Hogan as bills they’ve poured their hearts into the past 90-days were signed into law Tuesday morning. Perhaps the most eager of these legislators were the new kids on the block, first-year legislators that made up the largest freshmen class to occupy the State House in 20 years. Reacting to their first session, new delegates reflected on their accomplishments, struggles and future plans... Read More


April 2015

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State Roundup, April 14, 2015

Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

What began with bipartisan pledges in the General Assembly ended Monday night with bad blood between Republican Gov. Hogan and a Democratic-controlled legislature over a passed budget that Hogan could still make some changes to; repeal of stormwater fees to go to Hogan’s desk; liability cap raised for governments big and small; yearlong wait for simple divorces now replaced with settlements; Uber's commercial ride-sharing gets General Assembly OK; crude oil shipments won’t be studied, but what to do about Crownsville Hospital will; Moseley Braun backs Edwards to take Mikulski’s Senate seat; and Cummings says he’s leading in poll for Mikulski’s seat but is undecided on a run... Read More


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