State Roundup, February 24, 2017

Senate unanimously passes bills to aid rape victims; House panel sends sick leave bill to full chamber; bill preventing local jurisdictions from raising minimum wage slated to die in committee; Gov. Hogan’s legislative agenda gets a hearing; hundreds of mental health, substance abuse treatment advocates rally for legislation before Senate committee sends it on with changes; Sen. Zirkin “insulted” over judge’s remarks; Attorney General Frosh says he has no plans to sue federal government; U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger holds town hall meeting; after U.S. Rep. Harris a no-show at meeting and says he won’t hold face-to-faces, he says he will hold one in March; and Westminster alumni to rally over pulled posters.

State Roundup, February 23, 2017

Goucher poll rates Trump poorly; Trump protesters removed after speaking at Board of Public Works; Gov. Hogan’s administration won’t compromise on transportation scoring law, wants full repeal; state fires veteran crab fishery manager; traditional hotels ask state to impose same taxes, regulations on home rentals; BPW OKs expansion of Seagirt Marine Terminal; judge calls out Sen. Zirkin after he joins lawsuit, seeks delay until session ends; Hogan won’t push nationwide redistricting reform; Arundel launches Spanish language government website; and Carroll school board stands by removal of “We the People” posters.

State Roundup, February 22, 2017

In 10-4 ruling, federal appeals court upholds Maryland’s ban on assault rifles; Maryland drops to 2nd after 10-year reign with greatest percentage of students passing AP courses; Senate OKs two bills to aid in sex assault prosecutions, others bill introduced; bills would curb local agency involvement in federal immigrant crackdown; some small towns may be spared from repaying state overpayments; Hogan staff begins unblocking people from Facebook page; and new Democratic ad attacks Hogan over Obama-Trump switch.

State Roundup, February 21, 2017

Some of Hogan’s agenda likely to pass; Baltimore state’s attorney returns to Annapolis to push legislation to ease prosecution of repeat sex offenders; Guinness company seeks hike in amount of beer it can sell at planned Relay brewery; bill would outlaw marriage of anyone under 18; Del. Carr offers bill to hike penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass school buses illegally; and Gov. Hogan shares cover of Washington Examiner mag.

State Roundup, February 20, 2017

Senate to consider bills aimed at improve prosecution of rape cases; meanwhile two senators clash over whose statute of limitations bill is whose; bill aims at cutting classroom testing; ACLU complains about Gov. Hogan’s Facebook page deletions; Hogan blasts resolution giving Attorney General unilateral authority to sue federal government; Cheers: it’s liquor bill hearing day in Annapolis; Baltimore Mayor Pugh seeks control over education board appointments; and Baltimore promotions office violated Open Meetings Act.

State Roundup, February 17, 2017

Appointed legislators early in term would face election; bill would stop landlords from automatic rejection of housing vouchers; legislation to save imperiled bee colonies would allow beekeepers right to kill black bears; six lawmakers offer plans to shore up state pension system; Senate President Miller urges senators to travel in pairs at night around State House; pros, cons line up on either side of end of life legislation; Rep. Delaney offers bill to secure $750 million in regional metro funds; and Rep. Cummings puzzled over President Trump’s claim on planned meeting over drug prices.

State Roundup, February 16, 2017

General Assembly OKs unilateral powers for Attorney General Frosh, who then seeks $1 million to to hire more staff; health-care advocates concerned about rising drug costs, price gouging from manufacturers; bill would mandate computerized vision testing for kids in school; Gov. Hogan comes out against bill to strip governors of parole decision-making; Sen. Young introduces bill to curb brutal cownose ray tournament; citing Soros-led protests, U.S. Rep. Harris nixes face-to-face public meetings; and former House candidate Matthews to run for state Democratic Party chair.

State Roundup, February 15, 2017

After missing federal deadline, state Senate moves quickly to restore transportation funds as Senate President Miller lashes out at state transportation official; resolution to give Attorney General unilateral authority to sue federal government moves forward; after protests, Gov. Hogan scales back on Bay pollution reduction credit trading plan; Miller may stand in way of Comptroller Franchot gaining enforcement power in tax cases; bill would strip power over parole decisions from governors; bill would allow renters to post campaign signs; and Cecil County prosecutor resigns after conviction.

State Roundup, February 14, 2017

State’s minority caucuses unite to push for passage of bill to limit state cooperation with federal deportations. Meanwhile, JHU joins other schools to sue over immigration ban as fears rise among immigrant populations; Del. Beitzel concerned that legal gun carriers could be caught up in law banning guns from campuses; two lawmakers push for “yes means yes” sex education; Gov. Hogan announces millions to revitalize Eastern Shore roads, schools, manufacturing; Ben Jealous backs Ellison for DNC chair; and Arundel Councilman Petrouka testifies in robocall trial.

State Roundup, February 13, 2017

Feds to withhold millions in transportation funding after Maryland misses deadline; advocates seek expedited hearing times for tax appeals; resolutions to be heard today giving state Attorney General unilateral discretion on suing federal government; bill would scrap law that allows those under 18 to marry; Nathaniel Oaks joins Senate, Jazz Lewis joins House; Gov. Hogan finally speaks about President Trump, says it isn’t his role to protest; and state, Baltimore City begin tear downs of abandoned homes.