Author Archives: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, March 31, 2015

March 31st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan signs his first bill, honoring Vietnam vets; Hogan’s Higher Ed Commission nominee is blocked; sick leave bill near death; legislature resolves to ask NASA to look at Wallops for launching rockets; Court of Appeals caps damages for shootings by police; Frosh says no to offshore drilling; more coverage of O’Malley’s possible run, not all of it pretty


State Roundup, March 30, 2015

March 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate scales back tax relief proposals; budget conference this week; nurse practitioners seek independence; when it rains, is it a fee or a tax?; funding for school buildings; move to tax online hotel bookings stirs debate; call to replace court commissioners with judges; Maryland overbilled feds on health care; University of Maryland study says state faces “triple bottom line” to spur growth; O'Malley says Clinton should have no coronation; Gov. Hogan is looking for a few good -- local -- recipes


State Roundup, March 27, 2015

March 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Budget sails through the Senate without opposition; Miller pledges to work with Hogan on tax relief; Gov. Hogan wants to add 100 troopers; Patti Saylor testifies for self-advocates; self-driving vehicle bill comes to complete stop; Maryland Dem chair Yvette Lewis to step down; Obama nominates Xinis to federal bench; and state Crime Control spokesman Toohey, former governors’ photog Tomlinson die


State Roundup, March 24, 2015

March 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan’s budget continues to work its way toward final passage; it was Crossover Day yesterday and it is again today; House votes to eliminate some mandatory sentences; death with dignity and charter school legislation to the fore; Hogan and congressional delegation agree to press for FBI HQ; ban on powdered alcohol proposed; and Raskin is running for Congress


State Roundup, March 23, 2015

March 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate votes “rain tax” relief; It’s Crossover Day and several bills, including a drunk driving measure, are looking stranded; chicken guano is getting a lot of attention; a bill providing oversight on fees for public information moves forward; fracking bills move forward; Senate expected to make major changes to Hogan charter school bill; O’Malley takes populist message to Iowa; and Gov. Hogan hits the ravioli at St. Leo’s


State Roundup, March 20, 2015

March 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate panel OKs Hogan budget followed by full House approval. Republicans find reasons to rejoice; lawmakers consider major rewrite of Maryland public records law; environmentalists aren’t opposing bill that would repeal rain tax; amendment to weaken fracking bill killed, bill to have state prosecutor probe police killings dies in committee; Hogan backs bill to shield some criminal records; and once-censored Sen. Currie honored with Senate award, as are Sen. Ed Kasemeyer and former Sen. David Brinkley, now budget secretary.


State Roundup, March 19, 2015

March 19th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

 House of Delegates give initial OK to budget, restoring education funding, state worker raises; Hogan administration, General Assembly reach compromise on chicken manure legislation; bill would extend fertility benefits to lesbian couples; legislation would add human trafficking as a defense in prostitution charge; Van Hollen switches on Social Security; Del. Jay Walker considers congressional run; and Emily’s List backs Rep. Edwards in race for Sen. Mikulski’s seat


State Roundup, March 18, 2015

March 18th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan panel hears from advocates, addicts on scope of heroin problem in Maryland; senator seeks delay in fracking liability bill; bill would begin to restore public campaign financing fund; lawmakers hope to smooth the way for craft distilleries; Washington County lawmakers seek to stem black fly problem; and after numerous delays, confirmation of Hogan nominee for higher ed secretary now in doubt


State Roundup, March 17, 2015

March 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Bill to give voting rights to ex-felons upon release passes state Senate; House and Senate are “largely in agreement” over Hogan budget cuts and restoration; sunshine act update would establish compliance board, unify costs and processes for public information; approval of nominee to higher ed secretary again delayed after panel receives more complaints; 3 new delegates sworn in; Tom McMillen out as UM Regent; and DNR seeks 2-week extension to oyster harvest


State Roundup, March 16, 2015

March 16th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

House committee recommends hike in school funding, employee COLA, restoration of programs to the poor; police accountability comes to the forefront at House committee hearing; bill to allow state to explore prison sentencing reform moves forward; Senate committee sets firm deadline for Shore farmers to end overuse of chicken fertilizer; constitutional amendment to end election of trial judges put on hold till next year; some Maryland lawmakers concerned about misuse of new powdered alcohol product; Gov. Hogan names three to fill House of Delegates seats; U.S. Rep. Sarbanes touts federal campaign financing bill; geography could play leading role in campaign for Mikulski’s Senate seat; former Councilwoman Turner, Del. Peña-Melnyk to run for Edwards’ U.S. House seat; former Del. Smigiel considers run for Harris’ U.S. House seat; and will of late Clerk of Court Conaway is missing



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