The state school board considers streamlining decision to grant waivers to local boards seeking to opt out of Gov. Hogan’s later school start executive order; proposed fracking rules would ban drilling in three watersheds, within 1,000 feet of private well; in latest PARCC scores, some counties see gains; new drinking and driving laws taking effect Oct. 1; dispute over lottery contract could end up before legislative panel; Baltimore mayoral candidates hold forum; Arundel councilmen challenge fed’s request for jail use; and Prince George’s councilwoman targets vending machine food for reform.
Maryland environmental officials propose new rules on fracking; state’s graduating seniors score lower on SAT than any in 20 years; Gov. Hogan continues to get high marks from public while fracking opinions less one-sided; state lawmakers concerned over report that police decide too many rape cases are unfounded; Maryland women urged to seek office; McDonough, Ruppersberger debate over debates; Clinton given edge over Trump in last night’s 90-minute presidential debate; and Arundel County exec asks public to weigh in on county schools transgender policy.
Del. Morhaim is subject to ethics probe for dual roles in medical marijuana legislation, pot business; new Goucher poll finds little support for executive orders but much for later school start; poll also finds Gov. Hogan continues to ride a wave of support; meanwhile, opinions against fracking moderate; Prince George’s County Exec Baker gets a tattoo honoring his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s; U.S. Rep. Edwards was all thumbs with tweets; all eyes on tonight’s presidential debate and boost it could give to down-ballot candidates; Hoeber, Delaney go on the attack in new ads; and candidate erects stinking campaign signs.
Howard County sheriff is being pushed to resign by executives, legislators, both parties; the General Assembly ethics staff is looking into Del. Morhaim’s ties to medical marijuana industry; experts say state policy on strip-searching young offenders needs to be narrowed; new transportation scoring system has same outcomes as old one; coding error caused state to send tax revenue to wrong towns in Montgomery County; opioid overdoses in state surge in 2016; state’s overhaul of Baltimore bus system criticized; U.S. Rep. Delaney files complaint against super PAC funded by husband of rival; and fate of Taney bust in Frederick nears.
State tax revenues expected to drop $783 million over two years, a drop of 5%, putting damper on spending, tax relief plans; $8.7 million in tax revenues sent to wrong towns in Montgomery County; negotiations over State Center plans continue for a second month with little movement; Gov. Hogan meets with hi-tech entrepreneurs as trade mission to Israel continues; term limit charter amendment in Montgomery green-lighted for November ballot; and Prince George’s Democrats won’t endorse enlarging County Council.
Company suing over medical marijuana license rejection hopes suit won’t delay program; a top aide to Gov. Hogan says Speaker Busch tried to pressure Atty Gen Frosh over school start exec order; Comptroller Franchot, NAACP seek federal probe into AC situation in Baltimore City, county schools; Under Armour CEO now going after state, federal funds for Port Covington; and Gene Raynor, former city, state elections chief, dies at 80.
Medical marijuana firm displaced by panel seeking geographic diversity files suit; political leaders line up pre-session to consider fixes to congested I-270 Frederick-Montgomery corridor; Prince George’s Exec Baker ponders run for governor; former state Sen. Jacobs preps for cancer treatment; Szeliga begins TV campaign for Senate; state OKs Garrett Medical plan to hire those who frequently use the system; former Arundel exec floats comeback balloon; and Baltimore City considers banning toy replica guns.
Attorney General’s Office says Gov. Hogan’s school start exec order may be over-reach; state regulators to miss deadline to adopt fracking rules; Maryland ranks 11th in number of lobbyists registered with state who work for makers of prescription painkillers, their allies; Ellicott City gets much-coveted federal disaster designation; business regulations likely to be targeted in 2017 General Assembly; and Senate race between Kathy Szeliga and Chris Van Hollen heating up.
Maryland’s public school construction funding process could change; Baltimore County plan to air condition schools gets boost from Interagency Commission on School Construction; state announces comprehensive drug take-back program for Carroll County; Carroll Commissioners give medical pot advocates a small victory; state’s Justice Reform package called not soft on crime; some Frederick lawmakers critical of Gov. Hogan’s school start order; Hogan says he’s finishing up cancer treatment; former Sen. Nancy Jacobs announces cancer diagnosis; and former Gov. Ehrlich backs Del. McDonough in race against U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger.
Studies find the Affordable Care Act slowing cost of health insurance in Maryland and nationwide; Gov. Hogan endorses Ami Hoeber in race for John Delaney’s House seat; Mark Plaster’s run against John Sarbanes really a race against a gerrymandered district; Senate hopeful OK two broadcast debates, series of forums; Government House preps for first wedding in 14 years — Hogan’s daughter; in history-making move, Carla Hayden sworn in as first woman, first African-American Librarian of Congress; and Baltimore City mayor proposes temporary fix to Confederate monuments issue.