State Roundup, March 16, 2017

House of Delegates gives preliminary OK to Gov. Hogan’s $43.5 billion budget after restoring most of Hogan’s spending cuts; lawmakers compromise of transportation bill, delaying transit scoring for two years; Hogan promises veto of paid sick leave bills, calling them jobs killers and campaign tools; bill to lengthen statute of limitations of victims filing suit for child abuse likely to pass; another Hogan nominee withdraws from consideration; judicial panel orders Senate president, House speaker deposed on gerrymandering; and federal judge in Maryland joins Hawaii in blocking President Trump’s latest travel ban.

State Roundup, March 15, 2017

Attorney General Frosh blasts industry-backed bail reform bill as undermining court rule to curb money in release; sick leave, transportation scoring compromise bills go before Senate; delegate wants Medicaid coverage for adult dental work; Gov. Hogan criticized for more Facebook editing: posting news stories with doctored headlines; Hogan nominees met with skepticism; Republican Arundel councilman to run for delegate; and Maryland challenge to President Trump travel ban goes before a federal judge.

State Roundup, March 14, 2017

Senate nominations committee rejects Hogan pick for to head planning as administration cries sexism; in joint hearing, DNR chief Belton mum on firing of crab program manager, which occurred week after Hogan admin met with watermen concerned about regulations; Senate panel OKs compromise on transportation scoring; Baltimore County delegation OKs its own version of brewery bill; Maryland gains jobs in January; and University of Maryland to create coordinator to aid undocumented students.

State Roundup, March 13, 2017

Gov. Hogan’s $43 billion budget gets preliminary approval, but his private school grant program gets cut; Maryland residents are leaving in search of medical marijuana-friendly states; Senate alters paid sick leave requirement, bill set for a final vote this week; House passes fracking ban, sends it over to Senate; House also ousts governor from parole decisions; Sunshine Week draws attention to struggle for opening up government; bill to tax short-term home rentals likely to die; and Attorney General Frosh to sue federal government over latest immigrant travel ban.

State Roundup, March 10, 2017

Gov. Hogan announces $200 million in tech upgrades to coordinate social services agencies, improve outreach; Comptroller Franchot banking on federal hiring freeze to cause shortfall in revenue projections; Maryland retailers again seek tax for online merchants; state’s new puppy mill law hits major snag with federal U.S. Ag Dept. database takedown; lawmakers to hold hearing on Hogan administration firing of long time crab manager; and U.S. Rep. Sarbanes gets an insider’s view as Republicans replace Obamacare.

State Roundup, March 9, 2017

House on track to ban fracking, but Senate action more iffy; advocates seek to raise funding to Planned Parenthood as national conservatives target women’s health organization; bill would treat antique firearms like new ones; state official says he’ll return developmentally disabled kids to Maryland for care; bill would streamline health inspections for cross-county food trucks; Women’s Caucus attracts many on International Women’s Day; former delegate indicted in bribery scheme; Sen. Madaleno considers run for governor; and U.S. Rep. Cummings hopeful after he talks drug pricing with President Trump.

State Roundup, March 8, 2017

Hogan school board nominee withdraws; Maryland Dems to support legislation to help Planned Parenthood should federal cuts take place. They plan rally in Annapolis today; millionaire business owners lobby for $15 an hour minimum wage; lawmakers question contract with controversial Massachusetts youth facility; Senate follows House in OKing extension of energy program; Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein grilled on Russian action as nominee to No. 2 Justice spot; advocates worry that ACA replacement will drop 400,000 in Maryland from health coverage; and U.S. Rep. Cummings and President Trump to meet today on drug prices; AA county exec Schuh gets challenger.

State Roundup, March 7, 2017

Descendants of Justice Taney, slave Dred Scott meet in unity at State House; Judiciary panel expected to take up bail reform; Guinness, local breweries forge alliance in push to sell more beer in taprooms; Senate committee questions Hogan nominee to state ed board on failure to pay taxes, traffic offenses, then delays action; State Center developer seeks meeting with Gov. Hogan; tech entrepreneur said to be considering run for governor; Horseshoe Casino take continues to dim; Marylanders speak out on new Trump Muslim ban; and Montgomery County sets aside funds to beef up security at Jewish centers.

State Roundup, March 6, 2017

Del. Morhaim formally reprimanded by House following 138-0 vote and investigation into ties as medical marijuana advocate and paid consultant for related company; meanwhile bill would make recreational marijuana use legal; Senate OKs Gov. Hogan’s bill to fight sex trafficking; Gov. Hogan calls for redistricting reform; bill would make “open-carry” of alcohol a civil offense; House panel kills Hogan bill on charter schools; Baltimore City lawmakers likely to drop attempt to take back control of police force, citing expense; and Howard County Council members consider override of County Exec Kittleman’s veto of safe county bill.

State Roundup, March 3, 2017

State Senate revives bill to reinstate O’Malley septic rule; Gov. Hogan pollution credit bill gets watered down, passed unanimously in Senate; ethics panel finds Del. Morhaim acted improperly in marijuana law/dispensary controversy. He issues an apology; in time of Trump, State House dems move to rescind calls for constitutional convention; Hogan, ‘House of Cards’ actor issue addiction-help PSAs; Attorney General Frosh asks feds to declare hospitals, schools, courts safe from immigration raids; Bay advocates fear 93% cut in federal program; and Kathleen Matthews named interim chair of state Dems.