State Roundup, September 28, 2016

The state school board considers streamlining decision to grant waivers to local boards seeking to opt out of Gov. Hogan’s later school start executive order; proposed fracking rules would ban drilling in three watersheds, within 1,000 feet of private well; in latest PARCC scores, some counties see gains; new drinking and driving laws taking effect Oct. 1; dispute over lottery contract could end up before legislative panel; Baltimore mayoral candidates hold forum; Arundel councilmen challenge fed’s request for jail use; and Prince George’s councilwoman targets vending machine food for reform.

State Roundup, September 27, 2016

Maryland environmental officials propose new rules on fracking; state’s graduating seniors score lower on SAT than any in 20 years; Gov. Hogan continues to get high marks from public while fracking opinions less one-sided; state lawmakers concerned over report that police decide too many rape cases are unfounded; Maryland women urged to seek office; McDonough, Ruppersberger debate over debates; Clinton given edge over Trump in last night’s 90-minute presidential debate; and Arundel County exec asks public to weigh in on county schools transgender policy.

State Roundup, September 26, 2016

Del. Morhaim is subject to ethics probe for dual roles in medical marijuana legislation, pot business; new Goucher poll finds little support for executive orders but much for later school start; poll also finds Gov. Hogan continues to ride a wave of support; meanwhile, opinions against fracking moderate; Prince George’s County Exec Baker gets a tattoo honoring his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s; U.S. Rep. Edwards was all thumbs with tweets; all eyes on tonight’s presidential debate and boost it could give to down-ballot candidates; Hoeber, Delaney go on the attack in new ads; and candidate erects stinking campaign signs.

State Roundup, September 23, 2016

Howard County sheriff is being pushed to resign by executives, legislators, both parties; the General Assembly ethics staff is looking into Del. Morhaim’s ties to medical marijuana industry; experts say state policy on strip-searching young offenders needs to be narrowed; new transportation scoring system has same outcomes as old one; coding error caused state to send tax revenue to wrong towns in Montgomery County; opioid overdoses in state surge in 2016; state’s overhaul of Baltimore bus system criticized; U.S. Rep. Delaney files complaint against super PAC funded by husband of rival; and fate of Taney bust in Frederick nears.

State Roundup, September 22, 2016

State tax revenues expected to drop $783 million over two years, a drop of 5%, putting damper on spending, tax relief plans; $8.7 million in tax revenues sent to wrong towns in Montgomery County; negotiations over State Center plans continue for a second month with little movement; Gov. Hogan meets with hi-tech entrepreneurs as trade mission to Israel continues; term limit charter amendment in Montgomery green-lighted for November ballot; and Prince George’s Democrats won’t endorse enlarging County Council.

State Roundup, September 21, 2016

Company suing over medical marijuana license rejection hopes suit won’t delay program; a top aide to Gov. Hogan says Speaker Busch tried to pressure Atty Gen Frosh over school start exec order; Comptroller Franchot, NAACP seek federal probe into AC situation in Baltimore City, county schools; Under Armour CEO now going after state, federal funds for Port Covington; and Gene Raynor, former city, state elections chief, dies at 80.

State Roundup, September 20, 2016

Medical marijuana firm displaced by panel seeking geographic diversity files suit; political leaders line up pre-session to consider fixes to congested I-270 Frederick-Montgomery corridor; Prince George’s Exec Baker ponders run for governor; former state Sen. Jacobs preps for cancer treatment; Szeliga begins TV campaign for Senate; state OKs Garrett Medical plan to hire those who frequently use the system; former Arundel exec floats comeback balloon; and Baltimore City considers banning toy replica guns.

State Roundup, September 19, 2016

Attorney General’s Office says Gov. Hogan’s school start exec order may be over-reach; state regulators to miss deadline to adopt fracking rules; Maryland ranks 11th in number of lobbyists registered with state who work for makers of prescription painkillers, their allies; Ellicott City gets much-coveted federal disaster designation; business regulations likely to be targeted in 2017 General Assembly; and Senate race between Kathy Szeliga and Chris Van Hollen heating up.

State Roundup, September 16, 2016

Maryland’s public school construction funding process could change; Baltimore County plan to air condition schools gets boost from Interagency Commission on School Construction; state announces comprehensive drug take-back program for Carroll County; Carroll Commissioners give medical pot advocates a small victory; state’s Justice Reform package called not soft on crime; some Frederick lawmakers critical of Gov. Hogan’s school start order; Hogan says he’s finishing up cancer treatment; former Sen. Nancy Jacobs announces cancer diagnosis; and former Gov. Ehrlich backs Del. McDonough in race against U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger.

State Roundup, September 15, 2016

Studies find the Affordable Care Act slowing cost of health insurance in Maryland and nationwide; Gov. Hogan endorses Ami Hoeber in race for John Delaney’s House seat; Mark Plaster’s run against John Sarbanes really a race against a gerrymandered district; Senate hopeful OK two broadcast debates, series of forums; Government House preps for first wedding in 14 years — Hogan’s daughter; in history-making move, Carla Hayden sworn in as first woman, first African-American Librarian of Congress; and Baltimore City mayor proposes temporary fix to Confederate monuments issue.