State Roundup, June 20, 2016

STATE EMPLOYEE WAGE ERROR: Maryland might have shortchanged as many as 13,000 employees by as much as $30 per pay period for as long as two decades, state officials announced Friday, reports Erin Cox in the Sun.

GUN CONTROL FAIL IN MARYLAND: Maryland is one of at least three states where gun-control advocates recently failed to push through legislation to bar people on terrorism watch lists from purchasing weapons — a safeguard that is drawing new attention in the wake of June 12’s mass shooting in Orlando, Josh Hicks and Elise Schmelzer report in the Post.

MINIMUM WAGE HIKE: Business owners in Maryland have had a year to plan for this upcoming increase in the minimum wage, writes Anamika Roy for the Daily Record. Some are thankful for the time to plan; others have gone above state requirements and already pay their employees well above the minimum wage.

SOLVING DISPUTES: Court-affiliated alternative dispute resolution has grown quickly in Maryland since its inception several decades ago, with more than 70 individual ADR programs currently able to handle family law, civil and criminal cases from the district courts to the Court of Special Appeals, writes Lauren Kirkwood for the Daily Record.

HOGAN’S ‘NO TRUMP’ FALLOUT:  piled up on social media sites, either lauding Hogan as an independent thinker or denouncing him for opposing the candidate who handily won his state’s GOP primary, writes Ovetta Wiggins in the Washington Post.  J.B, Jennings, who is the Senate minority leader and a Trump delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said, “It’s his vote to give, and nobody else should have an issue.”

WOMEN IN POT INDUSTRY: The burgeoning sisterhood of Maryland’s marijuana entrepreneurs gathered in the back room of a Columbia chain restaurant recently, swapping business ideas over chicken wings and cheese cubes, writes Erin Cox in the Sun. Maryland’s long-promised medical marijuana industry doesn’t exist yet, and that’s precisely why more than 60 women, mostly dressed like a PTA crowd, banded together there — to rise to the top before anyone gets in their way.

WOMEN IN POLITICS: Under a banner emblazoned with “Standing up for Maryland Women,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin met with about two dozen women leaders in Frederick on Friday.  Cardin, a Democrat, said he is looking ahead to a possible White House milestone — Hillary Clinton as the nation’s first female president. In the same election, Maryland could end up with an all-male congressional delegation. U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who has been in Congress since 1977, is not seeking re-election, Danielle Gaines writes in the Frederick News Post.

CARROLL CHARTER GOVERNMENT TALK: The editorial board for the Carroll County Times opines that the discussion concerning switching Carroll County government from a commissioners form of government to a charter government is a welcome one, and a switch could ultimately benefit the county, giving it more local control.

IMPERSONATING STEVE SCHUH: Will the real Steve Schuh please stand up? No, not @realSteveSchuh. And not @steveschuhaaco, either. Amanda Yeager of the Annapolis Capital writes that on Thursday night, an impersonator — or impersonators — created both of those accounts pretending to be the Anne Arundel County executive, whose actual Twitter handle is @ElectSteveSchuh. The first fake account, @steveschuhaaco, started posting a barrage of tweets lampooning the county executive around 8:30 p.m.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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