State Roundup, May 27, 2016

Maryland retains triple-A bond ratings: for a number of Maryland Republicans, Annual Tawes crabfest just might win over Trump convention; having a police record -- but no convictions -- still can taint a person’s future; proposed arcade game rules draw approval from industry; Hogan administration to reopen two closed welcome centers; BDC acknowledges Open Meetings violation, then closed meeting twice; likely city mayor Pugh takes donor’s private jet to Vegas, pays $650 for roundtrip; and big-time scandal hits small town commissioners.

State Roundup, May 26, 2016

Gov. Hogan welcomes Baltimore County’s accelerating AC installation, but he and Comptroller Franchot continue to criticize delays; about 100 passed bills remain for Hogan to either veto or all to become law; after state probe, Baltimore City re-certifies its primary election results, with no change in outcomes; two charged officers sue Prosecutor Mosby, state for defamation.

State Roundup, May 25, 2016

State school board names new superintendent from within; 70 state dietary workers will keep jobs; reviewer says state won’t OK new Prince George’s regional hospital without major changes; hat’s off to Gov. Hogan on his 60th; despite state ruling that BDC violated Open Meetings Law, little in the way of consequences; and U.S. Rep. Edwards finally speaks out after Senate loss, talks of glass ceiling for women, minorities.

State Roundup, May 24, 2016

A Maryland gun control group hopes to get U.S. Senate candidates to support extending state bill on handgun licensing to nation; Gov. Hogan signs bill to strengthen equal pay law; in final tally, 1,650 ballots in Baltimore City were said to be mishandled; Officer Nero acquitted in Freddie Gray death, and state, city leaders are in Vegas; acquittal brings out prosecutor Mosby’s admirers, detractors; state finds BDC violated Open Meetings Laws with Port Covington closed door session; in small, local elections, young Muslim women are testing the political waters; judge delays state law that changes Arundel School Board Nominating Commission makeup while SBNC sends six names to Hogan for two openings; and U.S. Rep. Cummings to oversee panel forming Democratic Party platform.

State Roundup, May 23, 2016

Advocates, entrepreneurs bemoan cap on medical marijuana businesses; busted mah-jongg game leads to bill that allows some home gambling; while Gov. Hogan signed more than 600 bills into law this year, none had Del. Herb McMillan as primary sponsor, and he’s wondering why; legal definition of “parentage” in Maryland hasn’t kept pace with changing times; Maryland veterans of Vietnam War celebrated by MPT; Baltimore City election review turns up more oddities; Arundel School Board Nominating Commission kicks off with controversy; and Martin O’Malley reveals presidential debate questions allotment.

State Roundup, May 20, 2016

Gov. Hogan signs 144 bills into law, leaves 100 dangling. Bills signed include wider use of ignition interlock devices, crime prevention and prison population reduction; state audit finds 800 Baltimore City ballots miscounted; senior Hogan advisor, Change Maryland co-founder, to work for Hogan nonprofit; Szeliga seeks series of debates with Van Hollen in U.S. Senate race; Frederick County Council pres drops GOP for veering into extremism; Trump control of GOP not seen as aberration; and Maryland Trump delegate indicted.

State Roundup, May 19, 2016

Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz says he’ll speed school AC install after Hogan-Franchot alliance votes to withhold $15 million in school construction funds; state’s school building panel refuses to decide where to cut that $15 million, sending decision back to Gov. Hogan; Hogan to hold final bill signing today, with 143 pieces of legislation before him, including Noah’s Law; state elections board wrapping up review of Baltimore City voter irregularities; blue crab making a comeback in the Chesapeake; and GOP candidate Szeliga back hearing for Supreme Court nominee Garland.

State Roundup, May 18, 2016

Baltimore City school officials are asking the state Board of Public Works to reconsider its withholding of construction funds over window AC situation; state’s glowing assessment of air quality omitted sulfur dioxide from report; state elections officials reviewing Baltimore City primary results allow press access -- sort of; study lists Top 30 bottlenecks on Maryland roadways; Gov. Hogan names new chief of Maryland Energy Administration; and U.S. Rep. Sarbanes tapped for opioid conference committee.

State Roundup, May 17, 2016

Two legislators, student supporters urge Gov. Hogan to sign bill to provide tax credit for those with student loan debt above $20,000; state elections officials work behind closed doors as they check for Baltimore City voting irregularities; three Maryland school administrators OK with Obama bathroom-gender directive; insurance navigators finding it more difficult to locate pockets of uninsured; Baltimore City’s congressional delegation targets opioid abuse in House package; U.S. Senate confirms District judge; and Supreme Court declines to hear Baltimore County nuns’ case on Obama birth control issue.

State Roundup, May 16, 2016

New progressive lawmakers in Annapolis hope to nudge Democrats left; new Maryland law expected to raise awareness about unlicensed child care facilities, provide better enforcement; as GOP moves right, Citizens United head takes over as Maryland GOP national committeeman; also at Annapolis GOP meeting, not every Republican is rallying around Trump; law firm sets sights on helping new medical marijuana businesses in Maryland; Baltimore City voters feel less confident in voting system; and Arundel resolution has some worried about limiting government transparency.