State Roundup, August 26, 2016

Gov. Hogan, Legislative Black Caucus talk about black entry into budding cannabis industry; student activist to seek to place Tubman statue at Maryland State House; after $75,000 controversy, USM to bonuses to chancellor but Caret says he earned it; Baltimore City Council to ask Baltimore police to explain air surveillance program; U.S. Rep. Cummings blasts surveillance; Amie Hoeber hits the streets to campaign for U.S. House; and Baltimore Police union says it alerted police to problems with zero tolerance before federal probe.

State Roundup, August 25, 2016

Federal judicial panel rules that challenge to Maryland’s awkward congressional map should move forward; Japan pledges $2 million to fund studies into feasibility of DC-Baltimore maglev train; lawmakers challenge state Medicaid limiting access to drug used to treat opioid addiction; report on Baltimore Police using surveillance plane stuns privacy advocates; Baltimore Police say action wasn’t a secret; but charity handling pass-through funds says it had no idea; lawmakers question Caret’s $75,000 bonus; and two delegates rising to replace Sen. Raskin.

State Roundup, August 24, 2016

Senate President Mike Miller blasts Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports, calls for his removal; the Hogan administration’s intent to roll back septic regs worried Bay cleanup advocates; Del. Kramer collects lease payments from Montgomery liquor board whose monopoly he defended; Baltimore City police using secret flights to record actions throughout city; Senate Pres Miller urges Prince George’s officials to fight for new hospital; latest PARCC test results disappointing; Montgomery County term limit proposal makes ballot; Baltimore County schools vote down Muslim holidays; and Blaine Young found guilty on three prostitution charges.

State Roundup, August 23, 2016

Legislative Black Caucus asks Gov. Hogan to intervene to get more diversity among early medical marijuana licensees while one geared up firm takes a wait and see attitude in hopes another fails to make cut; Governing Mag ranks Maryland 10th in economic performance; repeal of transportation scoring system could depend on interpretation of ‘repeal;’ Washington County School Board chief nominated to statewide education panel; and Carroll pols hopeful following Hogan speech at MACo.

State Roundup, August 22, 2016

State’s public defenders overloaded with clients, impacting ability to represent; Del. Carter outlines possible changes to Baltimore City Police including more accountability, hiring of more women, African Americans; Gov. Hogan says his administration will roll back septic regulation, transit project scoring; Baltimore County delegate charged with impaired driving in Ocean City; Hogan hopes to celebrate Marylanders’ Olympic victories; Republican Donald Trump finds support in once-Democrat area; and Scott Walker to speak at MDGOP fund-raiser.

State Roundup August 19, 2016

Firms rejected for preliminary medical marijuana licenses seeking answers from commission as several with political ties get chosen; following deaths of family of eight state now requires more notice by utilities of service cutoff; state Senate Pres Mike Miller schmoozes Republicans down the ocean; candidate for Arundel Circuit judgeship guilty of ethics violation in D.C.; and state gives grants to Baltimore City to prevent sewer releases, improve handling of sexual assault cases.

State Roundup, August 18, 2016

Hogan administration backs away from quick implementation of transit project scoring system; despite wishes for diversity, potential medical marijuana licensees lack it; state legislative leaders promise to hold Baltimore City school harmless with tax break to Port Covington; state pitches in $2.5 million for Ellicott City work; Frederick, other counties to get more voting machines; union, DJS at odds over facility staffing numbers; yes, county officials statewide are concerned about liability from Pokemon Go; longtime Republican operative says he might be voting for Clinton; Trump may falter when it comes to Catholics’ votes; and it’s late to the game, but Baltimore County Council to begin live-streaming meetings.

State Roundup, August 17, 2016

The small town of Hancock ready to be part-owner of a medical marijuana company; restaurateur also has eyes on the business; meanwhile, Allegany County still has hopes of getting into the game; as officials head to MACo conference, transportation issues may be front and center; three Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls also will be schmoozing at the shore; will Trump’s poor polling number be ominous for Kathy Szeliga’s chances in the Senate?; and FCC looks into stingray cell phone tracking by Baltimore City Police.

Marijuana plants by Alexandra MOss on Flickr

State Roundup, August 16, 2016

News outlets pounce on the preliminary medical marijuana licensees to find out which of 30 companies are in their regions. At least one county walked away empty-handed; the Supreme Court likely to look at how many states -- not just Maryland -- are drawing their congressional maps for partisan advantage; transportation funding law expected to be a hot topic as MACo summer conference kicks off; and Baltimore City Council puts possible $15 wage on hold.

State Roundup, August 15, 2016

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus vows to act aggressively on Department of Justice’s scathing report on discrimination by Baltimore City police and protesters arrested at FOP conference; Juveniles Services says it will consider limiting usage of shackles, strip searches on young prisoners; pre-approvals for medical marijuana licensing to be announced; Gov. Hogan seeks federal disaster aid for Ellicott City; Howard County will look to controlled development to curb future flooding; new heated walkway at governor’s mansion raises Democrats’ eyebrows; UMBC under federal probe over handling of rape cases; and changes at the top for both Maryland Dems and GOP.