State Roundup, June 9, 2017

State’s overdose death rise sharply in 2016; new facility addresses mental health issues of drug addicts; Public Safety chief to head up program on drug trafficking; Edgewater residents concerned over medical marijuana dispensary; as Gov. Hogan urges continuation of federal Bay funding, he indicates he won’t back climate alliance; judge hears closing arguments on historically black colleges suit; Del. Miele to seek Sen. Klausmeier’s seat; and Roger Berliner to run for Montgomery County exec.

State Roundup, June 8, 2017

Board of Public Works OKs transfer of 117 acres at Rosewood to Stevenson University; Comptroller Franchot urges Juvenile Services to find a way to return Maryland kids from out-of-state facilities; Prince George’s Metro rep questions resolution; as National Harbor casino prospers, others see downward trend; Mayor Pugh, Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz sign on to support Paris Climate Accord; gubernatorial candidate Madaleno blasts Gov. Hogan over illegal immigration reference in fund-raising letter; GOP businessman seeks to oust Dem Sen. Ron Young; Andrew Duck hopes 4th time’s the charm in run for U.S. House seat; Montgomery candidates use crowd-sourcing among public financing tools; and after harassment claim, Washington County commissioners say policy does or should apply to them.

State Roundup, June 7, 2017

Gov. Hogan delines to enter into state climate accord alliance while advocates seek stronger stance against pulling out of Paris accord and other politicians stand against President Trump’s action; Attorney General Frosh joins challenge to EPA’s move to not label dangerous pesticide; just weeks before Maryland Transit Administration to launch changes to Baltimore City bus system, MTA chief is fired; court orders state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop plan to care for incompetent defendants; Del. McDonough claims Baltimore County school crimes covered up; Health Secretary Schrader gets GOP award; Maryland Democratic Party gets a new executive director; and Frederick County Council moves to curb election influence.

State Roundup, June 6, 2017

African Americans find difficulties breaking into medical marijuana industry; company that failed to get medical marijuana growing license asks court for clarity on its ruling; Gov. Hogan delivers third “State of Business” address at MBRG; state aids UMBC tech park growth with tax incentives; state Sen. Madaleno wins Arundel straw poll for governor; Baltimore County Council tables bill that would have required jail to screen inmates for immigration status; and Baltimore City Council slashes Mayor Pugh’s budget.

State Roundup, June 5, 2017

House Speaker Busch alert, talking after liver transplant; two names crop up as possible replacement for Busch as speaker should he leave; Maryland’s medical marijuana industry remains in limbo despite court intervention; I-270 corridor was used to justify gerrymander, but was it true?; Gov. Hogan to head to France and England on trade tour; Board of Public works expected to OK deal for Stevenson University to buy Rosewood campus; state industry say they will heed Paris climate accord despite President Trump’s pull out; Melony Griffith to run again for Currie seat in Senate; Theresa Marie Black to challenge U.S. Rep. Brown in primary; Del. Herb McMillan may challenge Ron George in state Senate primary; and Baltimore County Council to vote on immigration enforcement proposal.

State Roundup, June 2, 2017

After months of speculation about his health, House Speaker undergoes liver transplant; in deposition, former Gov. O’Malley admits gerrymandering to secure another Democratic congressional seat, emphasizes desire now for nonpartisan redistricting; state Sen. Oaks indicted on federal bribery and fraud counts; judge to hear case on temporary ban on issuing medical marijuana licenses; Gov. Hogan issues tepid criticism of President Trump over pulling U.S. out of worldwide climate accord, other Marylanders’ criticism more pointed; Jessup seafood market to get major facelift; U.S. Rep. Raskin agrees to delay political endorsements; and Berliner to run for Montgomery exec.

State Roundup, June 1, 2017

Following judge’s ruling, Secretary Rahn orders contractors to scale back pre-construction work, freeze hiring on Purple Line; Group fighting gerrymandering ask judge to block use of 6th Congressional District map during 2018 election; drug court sees victory over state’s opioid crisis as first responders battle new drug threat; Ben Jealous makes formal announcement for Democratic nomination for governor; Washington County employee claims commissioner sexually harassed her; and Greater Baltimore Committee urges city not to cut police budget.

State Roundup, May 31, 2017

State buys land to expand Port of Baltimore amid major growth; federal judge dismissed two environmental road blocks to the Purple Line as Attorney General goes after court-ordered redo of ridership estimates; Montgomery Council is first in state to set up fund for public financing of campaigns; after series of accidents, state pushes for boating safety; Ben Jealous to announce for governor today; protests of immigration bill precede hearing in Baltimore County; and aide to Mayor Pugh pleads guilty to election law violations.

State Roundup, May 30, 2017

State lawmakers unlikely to negotiate over redistricting reform; Gov. Hogan allows attorney general to challenge generic drug price gouging; Hogan vetoes bill to bar colleges from asking about criminal history of applicants; with wrangling over craft brewery laws in Maryland, Virginia tries to lure companies; Hogan considers beer bill flawed but allows it to become law anyway; Ben Jealous expected to announce for governor; Baltimore Mayor Pugh ponders fate of confederate statues; and Baltimore County Republicans push for illegal immigration action.

State Roundup, May 26, 2017

Saying he supports sick leave, Gov. Hogan vetoes sick leave bill, calling it “deeply flawed,” then sets up task force to study impact of sick leave on small businesses with possibility of new bill; but Hogan signs 209 bills into law, including those fighting state’s opioid and overdose crisis; judge temporarily puts state medical marijuana industry on hold after minority grower files suit; Attorney General Frosh pushes back after judge delays rulings on Purple Line case; and Rep. Cummings undergoes scheduled heart surgery.