State Roundup, October 5, 2015

Arundel County law doesn’t prohibit government workers to also lobby the county; not all responders are prepared for disaster in case crude oil shipments derail; U.S. government to move ahead with Mallows Bay as national marine sanctuary; in cancer illness, Gov. Hogan finds camaraderie with many; President Obama honors fallen firefighters; Arundel Exec Schuh’s trip to Cuba said to be fruitful; mayors group pushes national agenda to presidential candidates; O’Malley trailing other candidates, touts gun control measures as governor, pushes campaign finance reform; and Montgomery Election Board action on early voting sites continues to draw fire.

State Roundup, October 2, 2015

As Joaquin heads up the Eastern Seaboard, Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency, and Ag Dept. urges farmers to include livestock in disaster planning; with Republican control of election boards throughout Maryland, early voting site controversy could grow; new Commerce Department also means new focus; oil producers target U.S. Rep. Delaney in new ad campaign; sniping out of the gate for first debate for 8th Congressional District candidates; and first county executive for Prince George’s dies at 92.

State Roundup, October 1, 2015

Van Hollen, Frosh urge other states to adopt Maryland handgun purchase requirements; new laws governing overdose medication prescriptions, criminal record expungements, speed limits among slew taking effect today; new Department of Commerce to oversee DBED; Cecil County medical marijuana company hiring as many as 100; Montgomery lawmakers seek to restore, expand early voting sites; and former delegate Dwyer involved in drunk boating accident gets six months in jail.

State Roundup, September 30, 2015

As pro-Planned Parenthood rallies occur, Maryland lawmakers urge Gov. Hogan to protect its funding; Hogan announces $14.9 million for bicycle, walking trails throughout state; divorce rules to be eased for some couples without minor children; Maryland ranks No. 1 for median household income; eight Maryland schools earn national Blue Ribbon recognition; Frosh joins other attorneys general in asking Supreme Court to uphold apportionment by population, not eligible voters; in race for Senate, Van Hollen lays claim to state’s progressives; and U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger won’t run for Senate.

State Roundup, September 29, 2015

Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot jump on the Wynne court win to push tax refunds for some Marylanders after state defended against suit; U.S. Supreme Court to hear GOP redistricting suit, which may turn on procedure; with lack of federal funding, officials paint gloomy picture of Maryland’s transit future; proposed bills put a deadline squeeze on possible medical marijuana businesses in Anne Arundel; congressional candidate lining up more endorsements from progressive groups; Arundel Exec Schuh to head to Cuba on a trade mission; Robert E. Lee Park renamed Lake Roland; and Montgomery police use of body cameras gets an initial thumbs up.

State Roundup, September 28, 2015

New law will aid Marylanders in clearing minor charges from their records in effort to boost employment; state body cam recommendations for police could include restrictions on release of some videos; Gov. Hogan continues cancer awareness campaign with turn on Ravens field; GOP hoping Del. Szeliga will mount formidable U.S. Senate campaign; widow endorsed to replace Del. Proctor; Hancock embracing medical marijuana production; Maryland attorney general joins in nationwide VW probe; Prince George’s Exec Baker back Ivey for House seat; and Montgomery County seeks to hone living wage law.

State Roundup, September 25, 2015

Budget Secretary Brinkley resists call from Dems to free up funds for education; $1 million federal grant to pay for police overtime during April riots; Cleveland mayor disputes budget claims by new chief of BWI Airport; two Frederick lawmakers question state funding of Planned Parenthood; Gov. Hogan gets personal blessing from the pope on behalf of cancer patients; Sen. Mikulski was part of House escort of Pope Francis; boosting cyber community seen as competitive edge for business; and pastor drops out of raise for Cummings’ seat in Congress.

State Roundup, September 24, 2015

State Attorney General’s office says counties can’t ban medical marijuana operations outright; medical pot facility proposed for Hurlock; BWI head ran Cleveland airport accused of FAA violations; Gov. Hogan to meet Pope Francis; two casinos could face fines; transgender prisoner wins a victory in court; O’Malley slams Clinton over Syrian refugee crisis; rebel statue in Montgomery could find a home a Union slaveholder’s park; Howard County exec seeks to stop federal cuts that could impact rental housing aid for low income residents.

State Roundup, September 23, 2015

While some jurisdictions -- and Republicans -- embrace the emerging medical marijuana industry, others seek to put the brakes on it; data collection on police interactions needs to go deeper, advocates say; Timothy Hyman, state’s longest serving employee who never took a sick day, to retire; under Warren Deschenaux, Legislative Services to be reorganized; former Del. Walter Dean dies; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen warns of medical service, research delays if government shuts down; the Rev. Bryant pulls out of race for U.S. Rep. Cummings’ seat; bricklayers union back Edwards for Senate; and GOP-lead Montgomery elections board shifts away from two voter-heavy early voting sites.

State Roundup, September 22, 2015

Board of Revenue Estimates sees increased revenue, but Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot remain cautious; Warren Deschenaux to take over Department of Legislative Services with retirement of Karl Aro; Maryland, Virginia lawmakers urge Republicans to keep federal government open as Montgomery County prepares for possibility; Arundel County Council takes up medical marijuana issue; citizens express frustration over “disenfranchisement” from gerrymandering; Maryland refugee programs prepare to aid in Syrian crisis; U.S. Rep. Cummings questions pharmaceutical firm over overnight price spike; and Maryland Live! gets OK to expand.