State Roundup, March 24, 2017

The Maryland Senate OK’s its revised version of the $43.5 billion budget; Democrats, Bay advocates blast Gov. Hogan for silence on Trump administration cuts to Bay program but Hogan staff say he supports Bay; Hogan ups funding to police, colleges but not for Baltimore City schools; Senate OKs redistricting reform that kicks in if others states do so; state may add medical marijuana growing licenses; bill to limit authorities from asking about immigrant status to go before Senate panel; state OKs Arundel hospital for first open heart surgery program; Hogan steps away from earlier criticism of Montgomery County officials over school rape as protesters rally against federal Ed Secretary DeVos; O’Malley must testify on congressional redistricting; and Venable attorney considers run for governor.

State Roundup, March 23, 2017

Gov. Hogan meets with Trump administration cabinet secretaries to push for health care, transportation and housing priorities; Hogan’s plan for redistricting reform falls in Senate; fracking ban continues to advance while bill to compensate landowners for loss of mineral rights dies; cash bail reform effort fails; Senate zeroes out acting Planning secretary’s salary after Hogan withdraws her nomination; Senate votes to restrict suspensions of pre-K through Grade 2 pupils; and Montgomery official blasts Hogan over claim county isn’t cooperating in rape probe.

State Roundup, March 22, 2017

Late breaking: Gov. Hogan numbers are down in new Post poll; Gov. Hogan’s independent redistricting reform bill gets booted by Dems in favor of “neighbor-dependent” bill that relies on other state’s action; Senate OKs weakened version of bail reform; Hogan attempt to limit amount of painkillers doctors can prescribe turned back; Hogan says jurisdictions should aid immigration enforcement; and Hogan, Trump administration weigh in on Rockville teen’s rape by undocumented teens.

State Roundup, March 21, 2017

House revises Trust Act, allowing some jurisdictions to continue working with ICE agents; House panel kills Gov. Hogan’s proposal for a nonpartisan redistricting commission; Attorney General Frosh may gain authority to sue price-gouging drug companies; Hogan’s statements on Senate President Miller during anti-fracking announcement disappoints Sen. Zirkin; Democratic congressmen rally to ask Hogan to come out against GOP Obamacare replacement; medical pot dispensary seeks OK for Arundel County site; Baltimore City Council OKs minimum wage hike; and Ed Hale Jr. plans to run for Baltimore County Council.

State Roundup, March 20, 2017

Gov. Hogan surprises just about everyone with announcement that he supports banning fracking in Maryland; Senate passes bill to monitor ways to prevent 400,000 Marylanders from losing health insurance under Trump administration; homeowners behind in water bill payment may get reprieve from home loss; House OKs brewery tap room sales bill; DHMH nominee gets a hearing; House approves ‘yes means yes’ standard for sex education in public schools; Trump win credited with revival of Democratic women’s club in Anne Arundel; and GOP lawmakers also push back over zeroing out of Chesapeake Bay program.

State Roundup, March 17, 2017

Black Caucus fails to sway Senate panel on bail reform as it approves only allowing misdemeanor cases released without bond; House passes revised Hogan budget, sends it on to Senate; Senate OKs paid sick leave with a veto-proof margin; Mongtomery senators seek to alter Gov. Hogan’s deal with Marriott International; fracking protesters arrested as Sen. Carter Conway says she’ll move bills out of committee; beer bills sure to foment brouhaha in Annapolis; House OKs bill to curb kiddie school expulsions; Maryland judges joins Hawaii in halting President Trump’s latest travel ban; and news outlets around Maryland begin looking at how Trump budget could affect the state.

State Roundup, March 16, 2017

House of Delegates gives preliminary OK to Gov. Hogan’s $43.5 billion budget after restoring most of Hogan’s spending cuts; lawmakers compromise of transportation bill, delaying transit scoring for two years; Hogan promises veto of paid sick leave bills, calling them jobs killers and campaign tools; bill to lengthen statute of limitations of victims filing suit for child abuse likely to pass; another Hogan nominee withdraws from consideration; judicial panel orders Senate president, House speaker deposed on gerrymandering; and federal judge in Maryland joins Hawaii in blocking President Trump’s latest travel ban.

State Roundup, March 15, 2017

Attorney General Frosh blasts industry-backed bail reform bill as undermining court rule to curb money in release; sick leave, transportation scoring compromise bills go before Senate; delegate wants Medicaid coverage for adult dental work; Gov. Hogan criticized for more Facebook editing: posting news stories with doctored headlines; Hogan nominees met with skepticism; Republican Arundel councilman to run for delegate; and Maryland challenge to President Trump travel ban goes before a federal judge.

State Roundup, March 14, 2017

Senate nominations committee rejects Hogan pick for to head planning as administration cries sexism; in joint hearing, DNR chief Belton mum on firing of crab program manager, which occurred week after Hogan admin met with watermen concerned about regulations; Senate panel OKs compromise on transportation scoring; Baltimore County delegation OKs its own version of brewery bill; Maryland gains jobs in January; and University of Maryland to create coordinator to aid undocumented students.

State Roundup, March 13, 2017

Gov. Hogan’s $43 billion budget gets preliminary approval, but his private school grant program gets cut; Maryland residents are leaving in search of medical marijuana-friendly states; Senate alters paid sick leave requirement, bill set for a final vote this week; House passes fracking ban, sends it over to Senate; House also ousts governor from parole decisions; Sunshine Week draws attention to struggle for opening up government; bill to tax short-term home rentals likely to die; and Attorney General Frosh to sue federal government over latest immigrant travel ban.