State Roundup, November 11, 2015

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POT PANEL GETS 355 APPLICATIONS: As of 5 p.m. Friday, one hour after the deadline, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission had processed a total of 355 applications, covering every county in the state. Those included 50 applications for cultivation licenses, plus 36 for processor licenses and 269 for dispensary licenses. The state will award 15 grower licenses statewide and up to two dispensary licenses in each of the state’s 47 senatorial districts, C.J. Lovelace reports for the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’S GRANTS: The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention awarded $2.3 million in federal Violence Against Women Act grants. Atlantic General Hospital Cooperation SAFE Victims in Worcester County was awarded $18,000. This money funds helping protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking crimes, the Salisbury Daily Times reports.

BILL WOULD OVERTURN FIRE SPRINKLER LAW: A newly filed bill in Annapolis seeks to allow Maryland counties to reverse a state rule requiring fire sprinklers to be installed on new and renovated single-family homes, Jeremy Cox reports for the Salisbury Daily Times. The rule, which went into effect statewide July 1, has caused a drought in new home construction on the Eastern Shore, said Del. Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico, the bill’s sponsor.

HOGAN HIRED BY USM: University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret has appointed Patrick N. Hogan as the system’s vice chancellor for government relations. Hogan, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the brother of Gov. Larry Hogan, will join the university system on Nov. 30, reports the Daily Record.

DEM UNDERDOGS FOR HOUSE: In what amounted to a local Democratic version of this year’s Republican “undercard” debates, three underdog contenders for the District 8 Democratic congressional nomination sought to better define themselves during a joint appearance before party activists Monday, Louis Peck reports for Bethesda Beat.

SZELIGA ENTERS SENATE RACE: Republican Kathy Szeliga is trying to connect her life story to disaffected and struggling families she hopes will put her in the U.S. Senate next year. Len Lazarick writes in MarylandReporter.com that at her formal announcement in Annapolis Tuesday, the House minority whip told a personal tale that contrasted with the poised legislator who jousts with Democrats from her seat in the front row of the House of Delegates.

GLASSMAN PROBES SENATE RUN: Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, just a year into his new post, is exploring a run for U.S. Senate, at the urging of campaign advisors, MarylandReporter.com’s Len Lazarick writes. Glassman, a Republican, authorized a poll by his campaign that shows him relatively popular in the Baltimore region and able to beat the other candidates in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. That includes Del. Kathy Szeliga who represents part of Harford County and formally announced her candidacy Tuesday.

PROGRESSIVES BACK VAN HOLLEN: U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced the support Tuesday of three state progressive leaders for his Maryland Senate campaign, part of the Democrat’s effort to waive aside criticism leveled by his opponent about his liberal bona fides, John Fritze reports for the Sun.

GOP DEBATE: Professor Rick Vatz analyzes Tuesday night’s debate in MarylandReporter.com, praising the focus on real issues.