Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, April 24, 2015

April 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan will sign bill to allow police to wear body cameras; educators plead for release of $68 million, Hogan decision pending; Hogan discusses first 100 days with press; governor will spend $2 million on heroin problem; online hotel booking tax bill awaits signing, but will the Hogan pick up his pen?; tourism up in Maryland; Comfort in at MTA, Peters out at SHA; Hogan sends troopers to Baltimore City Freddie Gray protests; Rawlings-Blake cancels fundraiser; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend considers U.S. Senate her dream job; and Van Hollen hires campaign manager


State Roundup, April 23, 2015

April 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Environmental and health groups say they will sue Gov. Hogan over enforcement of clean air regulations; 2013 gun law responsible for spike in sales; Hogan addresses death in police custody of Freddie Gray; businesses rally behind Purple Line; East Coast senators, including Ben Cardin, hope to block off-shore drilling; 80% of U.S. Rep. Edwards’ campaign funds come from out of state; Van Hollen and Edwards named to campaign finance task force, Edwards is to chair; and retiring USM Chancellor Kirwan honored at gala-fundraiser


State Roundup, April 22, 2015

April 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Legislators and teachers push Gov. Hogan to release millions in education funds; Prince George's gets alcohol sales on Sundays; Robert Smith leaves MTA for the second time under a Republican governor; state budget secretary and delegate are among those delinquent on taxes in Frederick County; MGM National Harbor Casino is sued over minority contracting; Justice Department opens a probe into the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore City Police custody; and Donald Trump to star at MD GOP’s annual fundraiser in June.


State Roundup, April 21, 2015

April 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to stay neutral on Pepco/Exelon merger; audit questions distribution of unclaimed slots winnings; a look at the state’s new public information law; the failure of a Baltimore City police watchdog bills and the death of Freddie Gray; EEOC sues Maryland Insurance Administration over equal pay; singer Barbra Streisand donates to Edwards’ Senate campaign; Jamie Raskin picks up endorsements for congressional run; and former Gov. O’Malley says a naughty word to NPR listeners, parlays it into donations


State Roundup, April 20, 2015

April 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

After stopping former Gov. O’Malley’s clean-air rule, the Hogan administration will take another look at coal power plant pollution; Gov. Hogan signs transportation bills including “hero highway” act; Baltimore City police accountability bill dies in custody of General Assembly committee; fixing the state’s procurement mess may have started with the Board of Public Works last week; rain tax stronger after Hogan’s first session; Maryland Republicans try to harness the momentum of Hogan election to increase numbers and influence; and state Sen. Raskin announces run for U.S. Rep. Van Hollen’s 8th district seat


State Roundup, April 17, 2015

April 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan weighs veto of education funding bill; Sun editorial board says Hogan should sign charter school bill; campus sexual assault and student privacy measures succeed; who were the winners and losers in the session; Hogan’s legislative relations on the rocks; property tax break OK’d for landfill neighbors; a court case about a fence may slow Purple Line; and former delegate joins disabilities department he helped create


State Roundup, April 16, 2015

April 16th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Board of Public Works approves emergency food contract for city jail after concerns raised over underbidding; Gov. Hogan takes time out at BPW meeting to blast Speaker Busch over budget battle; heroin task force hears personal stories about the problem; former Del. Dwyer ordered to pay boat crash victim; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards picks up endorsements in Prince George’s; Del. Davis to seek Edwards’ U.S. House seat; Glenn Ivey outraises Anthony Brown in race for Edwards’ seat; and chief justice reports for jury duty


State Roundup, April 15, 2015

April 15th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

The budget standoff could illustrate the new reality in Annapolis; one question left hanging is what will happen to $200 million lawmakers set aside for specific items; on Tuesday, lawmakers, advocates and Gov. Hogan were all smiles as the bill-signing began; businesses aren’t elated by the session, but they also aren’t sorely disappointed; the University of Maryland System is anticipating the pinch of budget cuts; Van Hollen picks up more support in race for U.S. Senate; but so does Donna Edwards; and a dairy farm in Frederick is at the center of a federal asset seizure issue


State Roundup, April 14, 2015

April 14th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

What began with bipartisan pledges in the General Assembly ended Monday night with bad blood between Republican Gov. Hogan and a Democratic-controlled legislature over a passed budget that Hogan could still make some changes to; repeal of stormwater fees to go to Hogan’s desk; liability cap raised for governments big and small; yearlong wait for simple divorces now replaced with settlements; Uber's commercial ride-sharing gets General Assembly OK; crude oil shipments won’t be studied, but what to do about Crownsville Hospital will; Moseley Braun backs Edwards to take Mikulski’s Senate seat; and Cummings says he’s leading in poll for Mikulski’s seat but is undecided on a run


State Roundup, April 13, 2015

April 13th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

On the last day of the 2015 session, legislators and Gov. Hogan will be focusing on the budget, which seems to be stalled despite weekend negotiations; senators attempt to alter bills granting fertility treatment insurance coverage to same-sex couples and giving bigger civil awards to people harmed by local government employees; last-minute pleas on aid for convicting sex offenders, addressing police brutality complaints likely to go nowhere; bill would loosen legal grip on marijuana paraphernalia; Republican Party chief questions delay in announcement of Democrat’s prosecution; even as Hillary Clinton announces presidential candidacy, former Gov. O’Malley says he’ll wait; and O’Malley gets a mention on Saturday Night Live



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