State Roundup, April 27, 2017

Former Gov. O’Malley deposed in lawsuit challenging 2011 redistricting process; under Trump proposal, Marylanders may lose a much used tax deduction for state income taxes;.funeral services set for Saturday for late former Rep. Hogan; Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot blast new budget language over school construction oversight; Franchot announces 39 for for “Reform on Tap” Task Force; small, local craft brewers welcome giant Guinness to Maryland beer scene; study finds many in Maryland struggle to make ends meet; while casino money does go to education, legislators divert extra funds; Obama-Clinton tech advisor announces run for governor; chair of Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, member of Baltimore County DCC resign;

State Roundup, April 26, 2017

Medical marijuana firm suing state drops insistence that license be written into law; marijuana company builds one-acre greenhouse in Anne Arundel; state begins search for more medical examiners; Arundel Councilman Grasso to run against state Sen. DeGrange; DNC chair Perez to speak to Arundel Dems; state education board orders removal of Washington County school board member; and U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein confirmed as deputy U.S. attorney general.

State Roundup, April 25, 2017

Three medical examiners to be hired in medical examiner’s officer overburdened by opioid-related deaths; new synthetic opioid meant for large animals making its way onto Maryland streets, accounting for three deaths thus far; Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein poised to be confirmed to serve as deputy attorney general; bay advocates to test oyster growth in the Patapsco; Howard school board, superintendent clash; Del. Impallaria sentenced to two days following summer drunk driving arrest; and Montgomery elections officials to review voter registration rolls.

State Roundup, April 24, 2017

Gov. Hogan orders reps on school construction panel to boycott meeting; Maryland said to be better prepared than other states should a public health emergency occur; Good Samaritan rule extended to those treating animals during an emergency; Howard fire officials get law enforcement privileges; jurisdictions may shorten spring break in 2018 to accommodate Hogan school order; proposal in Howard to establish public financing of local elections gets strong backing; Hood College Republicans address controversial display; and Maryland congressional delegation holds public forum.

State Roundup, April 21, 2017

Larry Hogan Sr., Nixon-era congressman, former Prince George’s county exec and father of current governor, dies at 88; Gov. Hogan’s criticism of Purple Line judge shy on truth; Metro GM’s plan to save regional transit system draws good response from some, criticism from union; Anne Arundel County sets up 24-hour safe spaces for drug addicts to seek help; Montgomery County candidates flock to public financing; hate-crime charge dropped in political sign-burning; and Sinclair talk of buying Trib Media heats up again.

State Roundup, April 20, 2017

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus sees mixed outcomes for its agenda; chance of special session to deal with medical marijuana dims; Gov. Hogan announces work on crowded I-270 set for the fall; Hogan says judge who delayed Purple Line has a conflict of interest; new regulations make it easier to recruit former pot smokers into police ranks; Baltimore County school board to begin search for new super as it bemoans loss of Dallas Dance; Baltimore County exec, Republican council members face off over involvement in immigration enforcement; and proposal to save Metro eyes unions, local government funds.

State Roundup, April 19, 2017

Baltimore County schools chief Dance quits as second term gets under way; Senate Pres Miller says if a special session is held, lawmakers will consider bill to strip parental rights from rapists; Gov. Larry Hogan signs more than 200 bills into law, including ones to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and to extend tax benefits to first responders; conservative group threatens to suit the state over un-purged Montgomery voter logs; political commentator Laslo Boyd says Hogan is not unbeatable; two face hate crime, arson charges in burning of Trump campaign sign; and

State Roundup, April 18, 2017

The Post editorial board urges the General Assembly to get its act together and fix the law that grants parental rights to rapists; Maryland, D.C. and Virginia could find compromises to repair Metro system; opioid crisis needs to be treated as a mental health issue, physician says; environmental activists want $100 million to continue Bay cleanup program, but Trump administrations suggest $0; Project Baltimore looks at ways to repair school funding situation; parents relieved that state ends suspensions of youngest students; and Del. Frick plans run for Congress.

State Roundup, April 17, 2017

Women legislators call group of five men considering law governing parental rights of rapists “tone deaf;”1,200 sign up for medical marijuana in initial rollout of program; Maryland’s new law allowing attorney general to go after generic drug price gouging may have national impact; lawmakers give attorney general new powers; definition of rape gets broadened in bill expecting governor’s signature; Arundel, Carroll and Washington counties see different outcomes after legislative session; Dems crowd field hoping to make Larry Hogan a one-term Republican governor; and progressives make a comeback in Anne Arundel.

State Roundup, April 14, 2017

Insurance commissioner accused of campaign law violation; Sun editorial board urges Comptroller Franchot to start from scratch on liquor laws overhaul; Montgomery County sees cure for empty office parks in state grant program for business relocation, expansion; judiciary rule on bail alternatives will take effect July 1; as next election nears, Gov. Hogan manages well attempts to tie him to President Trump; Sen. Van Hollen seeks sponsors for bill on protecting airline passengers from ejection; and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, once a conservative bastion, is leaning left.