June 19, 2013

State Roundup, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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JACOBS TO RETIRE: Sen. Nancy Jacobs of Harford County, the former Senate Republican leader, said she will not be seeking reelection, John Wagner reports in the Washington Post. The Dagger blog also reports the story.

Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James is seriously considering running for Jacobs’ seat, reports Michael Dresser in the Sun.

EARLY VOTING EXPANSION: Maryland Reporter’s Glynis Kazanjian reports that two lawmakers want to increase turnout by extending early voting through the Sunday before Election Day, a move election officials say would wipe out safeguards that keep people from voting twice.

MoCo EXECUTIVE RACE: With Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett running for re-election, several potential Democratic candidates say they will not run the job, Kate Alexander reports in the Gazette. They include Council member George Leventhal and Marc Elrich and Del. Ben Kramer.

PG STORMWATER FEE: Prince George’s County homeowners could pay up to $62 annually for a new fee proposed by County Executive Rushern Baker to help fund a program to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Miranda Spivack reports in the Post.

PENSION INVESTMENTS: The state pension board on Tuesday lowered its target for investment return on the $41 billion retirement fund from 7.75% to 7.55%, Len Lazarick reports in MarylandReporter.com. The 14-member Board of Trustees of the State Retirement and Pension System also lowered its projection of inflation from 3% a year to 2.8%, and phased in both steps over the next four years.

HoCo DELEGATE RACE: Attorney Tom Coale, a popular Howard County blogger, will run for the new single-member delegate seat in Ellicott City, Luke Lavoie reports in the Sun. He will resident from the Columbia Association Board of Directors to make the race.

SENATOR BUSCH: House Speaker Michael Busch spent years climbing the political ranks – his wife, Cynthia, made U.S. senator overnight, Tim Prudente writes in the Capital. Cynthia Abbott Busch was cast as an extra during filming Monday and Tuesday for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a saga of Washington double-dealing that stars Kevin Spacey.

JUVENILE TASK FORCE MEETING: A new Maryland task force that will review the best practices for handling offenses committed by juveniles is holding its first meeting, reports WMAR (ABC2) about the Task Force on Juvenile Court Jurisdiction.

BALTIMORE FOAM BAN: Baltimore’s City Council backed off on a ban of Styrofoam products used by restaurants and carryouts, reports Alex Demetrick for WJZ.

CRAIG CAMPAIGN: Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican contender for Maryland governor next year, named as his campaign manager Paul Ellington, a former top aide to Michael S. Steele, who is a potential rival, John Wagner reports in the Post.

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