State Roundup, June 26, 2017

New laws will take effect on July 1, including funding help for Planned Parenthood and opioid addiction education in schools; association of medical marijuana growers, processors seeks standing in court case; under possible GOP health plan, Maryland may have to either cut coverage or spend a lot more; hearing today on Gov. Hogan’s decision to kill State Center project; Hogan asks state ed board to probe Prince George’s on grade adjustments; number of Prince George’s teachers on administrative leave soars; after federal notice, 30 Hispanic servers at one restaurant quit in fear of deportation; Sen. Muse to run for Democratic nomination for PG County exec; Hamza Khan reconsiders quitting District 39 delegate race; Howard government website hacked with pro-Islamic state posts; and seeking to celebrate diversity, Rockville wraps itself in a flag controversy.

State Roundup, June 23, 2017

Gov. Hogan joins centrists Republicans concerned about the effect of Obamacare rollback on Marylanders; gambling interests now push for legalized sports betting; state moves ahead with appealing judge’s decision on another Purple Line environmental study; state lawmakers now call for probe into claims that Prince George’s student grades were altered; attorney Shea joins race for democratic nomination for governor; U.S. Rep. Delaney delays decision on run for governor; and Anne Arundel signs inmate immigration screening pact with federal government.

State Roundup, June 22, 2017

The Maryland Insurance Administration hears bids to hike health premiums, as Cigna pulls out of market; meanwhile a majority of red state voters oppose House health care overhaul; Comptroller Franchot questions land purchase, BPW delays action; Maryland slips in removing stormwater pollutants, but largely on track with Bay restoration efforts; Sen. John Astle announces run for Annapolis mayor; incumbent District 39 General Assembly slate causes tumult as it taps a newcomer; Frederick Sheriff Jenkins touts immigration enforcement to U.S. Attorney General Sessions; and Rockville City Council rejects immigration enforcement cooperation.

State Roundup, June 21, 2017

Rushern Baker to announce his run for the Democratic nomination for governor; organization calls on state insurance regulator to reject CareFirst’s 52% rate hike request; state medical examiner pins 47 of 56 OD deaths in Arundel on fentanyl derivative; new Arundel Safe Station program helping addicts; GOP attempts to roll back Obamacare runs headlong into opioid crisis; planned Frederick convention hotel, funded in part with state funds, looked at as a boon and a boondoggle; District 39 slate ruffles feathers and Del. West to seek Sen. Brochin’s seat; and as Baltimore City seeks federal pilot programs it fails to get one addressing violence.

State Roundup, June 20, 2017

Supreme Court’s decision to take on Wisconsin gerrymandering case could impact Maryland; as opioid crisis rises, Maryland schools will begin teaching addressing heroin crisis, starting with elementary schoolers; MTA rolls out new BaltimoreLink bus service to praise and criticism; Prince George’s school board members ask state to probe grades, graduation rates; more hot air on Paris climate accord; Comptroller Franchot to get a beer named after him; Del. Aumann to step down, won’t run for Sen. Brochin’s seat; and Arundel County Councilman Peroutka denounces secessionists’ racists statements.

State Roundup, June 19, 2017

Maryland ranks 16th in well-being in latest Kids Count data; National Harbor boosts casino revenue; Sen. Oaks say he’ll stay in state Senate as he fights fraud charges; potential Dem rival to Gov. Hogan asks for ridership data on overhauled bus system; Baltimore City runs low on OD reversal drug; state environment secretary to head regional air quality board; Maryland congressmen continue to push Hogan on Paris pact; Maryland legislators propose Metro board overhaul; Del. McCray poll says he could upset Sen. McFadden; David Trone may be readying for congressional race; and ethics complaint filed against Washington County commissioners.

State Roundup, June 16, 2017

State delegates suggest moving Preakness to Laurel; federal judge blames state on Purple Line funding problems, won’t allow construction to begin; state senators call on Gov. Hogan to declare a state of emergency in violence-plagued Baltimore City; research finds that Chesapeake Bay’s “dead zone” growing; attorney general’s office upholds Ocean City ban on female toplessness; Hogan continues to get push back on Paris accord; Senate legislation would force President Trump to get congressional OK to return Russia’s Eastern Shore compound; and David Trone continues to test political waters.

State Roundup, June 15, 2017

State elections board says it detected “suspicious activity” but no breach of online voter registration system; a Virginia congressman is questioning the ethics of allowing a company tied to President Trump to bid on proposed new FBI HQ; following U.S. House action on Dodd-Frank, Assembly leaders set up panel to monitor changes to federal financial consumer laws; Gov. Hogan touts new Baltimore bus system overhaul; Maryland politicians react to congressman’s shooting; and Maryland Attorney General Frosh explains the emoluments clause.

State Roundup, June 14, 2017

State to allow naloxone sales through a pharmacies, as it attempts to address overdose crisis; western Maryland communities struggling to thrive split over environmental issues such as fracking and coal; Post profiles Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who knows the law and the Grateful Dead; Gov. Hogan hires campaign manager and consultant; state Sen. Young faces another Republican challenger; as series on Columbia at 50 comes to a close, we look at its past to see its future; Montgomery’s council reaffirms commitment to climate treaty; Baltimore County councilmembers propose more transparency; and Arundel councilman sees race relations ‘state of emergency’ in that county.

State Roundup, June 13, 2017

The Maryland legislature made Attorney General Frosh’s suit against President Trump possible, giving him authority to sue without governor’s OK; views of Frosh’s action split down party lines; Wisconsin gerrymandering case — similar to Maryland’s — could end up at Supreme Court; Gov. Hogan truly has loyalty of his Cabinet members; five delegates could be challenging state senators for office; two Progressive candidates for governor hope to stir up constituents that Heather Mizeur could not; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz says he will decide on governor run after Labor Day; and Howard Exec Kittleman announces re-election bid.