State Roundup, November 30, 2017

With dueling sick leave plans, Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislative leaders wrestle over compromise, lack thereof; after years of delay, UMMS to break ground on new Prince George’s regional hospital; complete LaHood Metro recommendations to be released next week; Russia’s Facebook campaign after Freddie Gray riots may have been a dry run for national attack; Arundel schools outline 2018 legislative priorities, including expanded pre-k; man who helped get Gavin Buckley elected Annapolis mayor joins race to oust Arundel County Exec Schuh; Schuh endorses Jessica Haire for A.A. County Council, wife of party chair; and U.S. Rep. Cummings asks FBI to make probe into murder of Baltimore City police detective a priority.

State Roundup, November 29, 2017

Following the Supreme Court allowing assault weapon ban to stand, Maryland Democrats hope to ban sale of bump stocks; in effort to stop override of his veto a paid sick leave measure, Gov. Hogan comes out with his own bill; Hogan addresses violent crime in Baltimore city, says he concerned he hasn’t seen Mayor Pugh’s plan; Comptroller Franchot hopes to unleash untapped craft brewery potential; congressional panel holds hearing in Baltimore on opioid crisis; Montgomery, Prince George’s enter into non-binding pact to ensure affordable housing along Purple Line; Dem gubernatorial candidate picks longtime Dem operative Susan Turnbull as running mate; and Bob Hughes, press secretary to three Baltimore County executives, dead at 68.

State Roundup, November 28, 2017

Lawmakers worry that congressional tax plan could make it difficult to lure private investors to public projects such as the Purple Line; today is Giving News Day; Reps. Brown and Raskin to unveil legislation to keep Metro at status quo; Baltimore City redirects Baltimore City video lottery money to buy command vehicle for private watch dog group, raising questions of legality; U.S. Supreme Court lets stand Maryland’s ban on assault weapons; gubernatorial candidate Jealous, Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for universal health care; three seek to replace Judge Wilson in House of Delegates; and 29th candidate steps up for one of four Montgomery County council at-large seats.

State Roundup, November 27, 2017

With the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress, Maryland lawmakers attempt to address the issues locally; Maryland congressmen to attend forum today to speak on GOP tax overhaul efforts; state movement afoot to buttress federal individual insurance mandate – or create state one; legislation on horizon to address Baltimore’s rising violence; Gov. Hogan’s re-election committee fined for Al Redmer fundraising emails sent during last session; Baltimore County’s interim school superintendent says she’ll abide by new rules governing outside employment, travel; and Prince George’s Clean Water Partnership is finding success.

State Roundup, November 22, 2017

Maryland’s two NFL stadiums to vie for FIFA World Cup matches; Tangier Island slipping away; state testing federal initiative to allow addiction treatment centers to be reimbursed per patient through Medicaid; Maryland childcare subsidy has lowest reimbursement rate in country, causing hardship for lower income families; state Sen. Will Smith to seek legislative aid for businesses impacted by Purple Line construction; parents, like Comptroller Franchot, want new Lansdowne school, not a rehab; Rep. Steny Hoyer joins effort to bring peace to Thanksgiving table; and Baltimore County councilman wants school board to vote acting superintendent into post despite income disclosure controversy.

State Roundup, November 21, 2017

In effort to free promising economic engine, Comptroller Franchot unveils legislative package to ease restrictions on craft breweries; state auditors find severe, possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College; enrollment for Maryland’s health exchange rises; health exchange gets new executive director; group asks Appeals Court to uphold earlier decision on Bladensburg Cross; 15 Democratic women named to new Emerge Maryland class; group of scientists back Aruna Miller in race for 6th Congressional District; and former Del. Hurson to seek spot on Montgomery County Council.

State Roundup, November 20, 2017

As problems persist with some Maryland judges not applying the law, more call for judicial performance evaluations; transit Secretary Rahn reveals more of plan to relieve congestion on Capital Beltway, I-270; Metro’s former inspector general says she was kept under close scrutiny; study finds state government under-staffed; three shore river conservation groups merge; Carroll Republican Central Committee appointment causing controversy; and Montgomery’s public financing attracts slew some Republicans in Democratic stronghold.

State Roundup, November 17, 2017

Sens. Cardin, Van Hollen introduce legislation to all some immigrants to apply for residency; report finds industries polluting waterways, Chesapeake Bay; Van Hollen bill would address farm runoff; state offering $100,000 reward following slaying of Baltimore police detective; DLS Exec Director Deschenaux heads toward retirement; state, Montgomery County look to relieve congestion on county highways; FCC looks to ease media ownership restrictions in move that could benefit Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcasting; gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous offers plan to address opioid crisis; Anne Arundel County Councilmember Walker attacks County Executive Schuh, House Minority Leader Kipken over mailer; and Davidsonville Democrat enters race for Arundel County exec.

State Roundup, November 16, 2017

State Sen. Oaks faces new federal charges after prosecutors say he tipped off FBI target; analyst says state workforce is understaffed; DeMarco organization targets drug pricing; U.S. Senate panel questions oversight authority of Metro watchdog; school construction committee looks at possibility for new schools; Comptroller Franchot criticizes planned renovation of Lansdowne High, says it needs replacing; Dems may have found a challenger to Arundel Exec Schuh; and Annapolis historic preservationist quits, cites Buckley mayoral win.

State Roundup, November 15, 2017

New Opinion Works poll finds Gov. Hogan continues to ride a wave of approval in Maryland while President Trump does not; Virginia officials back proposal to rejigger Metro board, but Maryland, DC raise concerns; Del. Hixson, 84, won’t seek re-election; tug of war inside Atlantic States Fishers Commission over menhaden and Chesapeake Bay; national drug czar visits Arundel school; Democrat Katie Fry Hester to challenge Sen. Gail Bates in District 9; health cited as ex-state legislator, current Hagerstown Councilman Munson resigns; and Arundel councilman Peroutka is listed on re-released support letter for Roy Moore.