May 13, 2010

State Roundup May 13, 2010

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CELL PHONE JAMMING: Maryland lawmakers who want to install cell phone jamming technology in prisons are one step closer to their goal, after test results show local neighborhoods won’t be affected. Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz has the story for the newspaper’s Maryland Politics blog.

Cell phone use in prison has made become a national trend, making it possible for inmates to commit crimes behind bars, according to the Associated Press.

BAY RESTORATION STRATEGY: Head of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson unveiled a detailed plan to save the Chesapeake Bay that relies on heavier regulation of pollution from animal farms and city storm drains, reports Alex Dominguez for the Associated Press. Tim Wheeler has the story in the Sun.

The “ambitious initiative” aims to purify 60 percent of the Bay’s water within 15 years, according to Ashley Halsey III for The Washington Post.

CAMPUS CRIME: Changes in the law are in the works to make universities more aware of students’ off-campus criminal behavior, reports Mike Hellgren for WJZ.

CAROLYN KRYSIAK: MarylandReporter.com editor Andy Rosen continues the series “Leaving the Legislature” with a look at Del. Carolyn Krysiak and her decision to not run for reelection.

PENSION REFORM: Baltimore City police and firefighter unions are attempting to pull together $2.6 million to fight pension reform, reports Jayne Miller for WBAL-TV.

EHRLICH: Patuxent Publishing Co. reporter Bryan Sears takes a closer look at Republican gubernatorial-hopeful Robert Ehrlich.

Red Maryland editor Mark Newgent is lashing out at “dimwits” who are criticizing the conservative blog’s endorsement of former Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich.

RELEASING TEST SCORES: According to the Associate Press, a “first-of-its-kind” law blocks recruiters from from seeing widely used test scores for military aptitude testing, without parental consent.

SOCIAL MEDIA: State elections officials are developing regulations to tell candidates how they should identify themselves on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, writes Len Lazarick for MarylandReporter.com.

BOND BILLS: Washington County lawmakers are split on whether or not to request bond bills for local projects. Andrew Schotz has the story for the (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.

JOB TAX CREDIT: Allegany County officials say they are not aware of any local company that is planning to take advantage of a recently instituted job tax credit, writes Kevin Spradlin for the Cumberland Times-News.

FIRST CASINO: The Hollywood Casino Perryville — the state’s first slots parlor — is looking to fill 350 positions with an upcoming job fair, writes Scott Dance for the Baltimore Business Journal.