State Roundup, February 9, 2016

GOP chief Cluster urges Sen. Zucker to recuse himself from 2nd veto override vote; MD-DC-VA given deadline to create Metro oversight body; as local opposition to industrial chicken farms grows, politicians seeks solutions; Sen. King pushes legislation to allow jurisdictions to decide on venue for public notices; environmentalists seek new bag fee to help curb trash; bill calls for more accountability from for-profit colleges; Arundel Dems rename Jefferson-Jackson Dinner; in 8th Congressional race, Jawando criticizes Raskin, Barve, Raskin pick up union endorsements and Trone can’t make candidates forum; and for first time in 42 years, no African-American sits on Arundel County Board of Education.

State Roundup, February 8, 2016

Despite Gov. Hogan’s call for cooperation among the parties, mistrust seems to be festering; with Del. Zucker now a senator, he gets to vote twice on veto override; but Senate delays override vote; Del. Morhaim’s sweeping drug bills likely to be controversial; Hogan OKs Prince George’s hospital funding; bill would end pre-K testing, limit testing of kindergartners; while Morgan State hopes to grow student housing stock, Sen. Carter Conway says not so fast; makeup of Arundel’s school board, nominating committee cause a dustup as Hogan names two to board; and O’Malley off the ballot in Maryland.

State Roundup, February 5, 2016

Court of Appeals overturns state’s ban on assault rifles, dealing blow to Maryland’s landmark gun control laws; with swearing in of Del. Zucker in Senate, override of Hogan veto on voting law for felons set to pass; Morhaim bills would help drug abusers get treatment; state set to get more court judges; Montgomery delegation skeptical that county’s liquor system is reforming; Arundel Exec Schuh pulls back on online legal notice move; new poll finds majority of Marylanders would reduce foreign aid and increase taxes on the wealthy to help balance the federal budget; and glitches mean touch screen voting machines won’t be used in early voting.

State Roundup, February 4, 2016

Gov. Hogan’s 2nd State of the State was conciliatory, softer than first but Democrat want to see budgetary commitment while Republicans stay upbeat; but just before the speech, leaders from the Big 4 jurisdictions -- Baltimore City and County, Prince George’s and Montgomery -- criticize Hogan’s budget; Senate Pres Miller suggests he’s for an income tax cut; bill to allow cameras in court sentencings blasted; lawmakers want input into hiring of new state ed superintendent; state kills “calming” prison rescue pet program; Arundel Exec Schuh seeks to move public notices online, meets wrath of hard-copy newspapers; Del. Zucker to become a senator today; and activist files for Baltimore City mayor’s race becoming Candidate 13.

State Roundup, February 3, 2016

Lawmakers push bill for mandatory paid sick leave, closing the gap for more than 700,000 Marylanders; delegate introduce bill to stop religious organizations “with known ties to terrorism” from claiming tax breaks; 2nd Amendment advocates rally in Annapolis; raw milk sales could be OK’d for those who own stake in the cow; Gov. Hogan to deliver State of the State address today; Frederick, Baltimore county lawmakers push for projects’ funding; candidate Trone fires three who attempted to infiltrate Matthews, Raskin campaigns; U.S. Rep. Cummings declares he’ll seek re-election; Del. Davis drops congressional bid; and what’s in store for O’Malley.

State Roundup, February 2, 2016

With Clinton and Sanders splitting Iowa caucus, O’Malley finally suspends presidential campaign; back in Maryland, Senate Pres Miller, Speaker Busch put forth proposals to close gender pay gap, help student college debt; grandmother lobbies Annapolis for better mental health care after baby grandson’s horrific death; Del. Moon seeks reforms in Montgomery School Board elections; U.S. Rep. Cummings hasn’t filed -- for any office; Van Hollen continues to lead in Senate money race; Ivey leads fundraising in 4th Congressional District race; and Montgomery County Exec Leggett now willing to consider liquor system privatization.

State Roundup, February 1, 2016

Legislators begin to tackle Bay Bridge expansion project; bill would allow cameras in some courtrooms; pesticide law could help decimated bee populations; new paper ballot system is ready, but will Maryland voters be?; Chris Shank named deputy chief of staff; Gov. Hogan to deliver 2nd State of State on Wednesday; Senate President Miller continues to urge Hogan to appoint Del. Zucker to Senate; Baltimore City lawmakers back plan to offer property tax credits to first responders; Del. McDonough files to run for U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger’s seat; Matthews brings in the money in 8th Congressional District race while another candidate tells a very personal story; after Hogan expresses lack of support, Spong resigns as Washington County Commissioner; and President Obama to visit Baltimore County mosque.

State Roundup, January 29, 2016

University projects would be delayed as Gov. Hogan pushes ahead with plans to tear down, replace Baltimore City jail; Hogan’s fiscal plans won’t impact state K-12 funding formulas; conservative, liberal team up to push for live streaming of committee votes; legislation would curb judicial discretion over sentencing reductions; DJ Casey Kasem’s daughter testifies for bill to ensure family visitation rights to ill relatives; new Dem 8th District Congressional candidate Trone donated lots to out-of-state Republicans; and Kathleen Matthews big on fund-raising.

State Roundup, January 28, 2016

Education bills of all sorts are burbling to the top in Annapolis with Gov. Hogan seeking tax credits for those who donate to schools, school construction funds being handed out, Hogan proposing college scholarships for those graduating high school early, improvements sought in the school system that caters to juvenile offenders and measures being undertaken to ensure that Morgan State stays independent from USM; in other news, the Board of Public Works decides to hire outside lawyers to represent Maryland in seeking to recover cleanup costs from oil companies; Hogan seeks legislators to sponsor several of his bills; Arundel Dem Central Committee seeks probe into School Board Nominating Commission; and David Trone announces run for U.S. House.

State Roundup, January 27, 2016

The Hogan administration seeks nonpartisan redistricting panel, hopes to attack state’s growing opioid addiction problem; Senate Pres Miller, House Speaker Busch push for funding for teaching hospital in Prince George’s; meanwhile, dozens of low-level Springfield hospital workers wonder why they will be laid off in favor of privatization; Miller urges Hogan to fill empty Senate seat; and some are duds, some are heroes as jurisdictions come in for scrutiny over snow removal.