State Roundup, February 8, 2018

Gov. Hogan walks back Transportation Secretary Rahn’s “blank check” remark concerning Amazon; Women’s Caucus releases recommendations to root out, prevent harassment in the State House, hears from victim who worked in O’Malley administration; state Senate OKs delay in sick leave law implementation; advocates believe approval of recreational marijuana is no longer wishful thinking; Maryland’s U.S. senators work to improve state’s standing in federal budget deal; Hogan touts 2nd victory over cancer; Maryland among Top 5 jurisdictions in paying for opioid crisis; and tuition-free community colleges pushed as a social justice issue.

State Roundup, February 7, 2018

Transportation Secretary Rahn promises Amazon ‘blank check’ for transportation upgrades for move to Maryland; bill to delay sick leave implementation delayed again; state Senate passes bill to aid taxpayers hit by Trump tax plan; delegate believes he has a fix to state’s gerrymandering problem; bill would stop pre-high school kids from playing tackle football on public fields; Hogan bill to videotape session gets weak support; larger 2nd amendment protest to follow Monday’s Annapolis arrests as ACLU expresses concern; state loan spurs Black & Decker’s growth; and as Sen. Cardin files for re-election, he loses top committee slot.

State Roundup, February 6, 2018

Gun advocates arrested at Annapolis protest; growing support for clean energy bill pushes agenda faster than expected; Six Maryland jurisdictions – and possibly the state – suing drug companies over opioid crisis, reminiscent of tobacco suits of the 1990s; state lawmakers seek more funding to prevent gun violence in Baltimore City; Del. Szeliga, Sen. Jennings concerned over high voltage power line project in Harford; developer returns with new study to spur state to move on State Center redevelopment; and independent Potomac businessman announces run against Sen. Cardin.

State Roundup, February 5, 2018

Bill to help small businesses by delaying implementation of sick leave law gets a reprieve, Senate vote tonight; as state child care vouchers lose value, lawmakers consider changes to address issue; Washington County sheriff says medical marijuana law creates obstacles for law enforcement when it comes to inmates in program; Baltimore City officials to back statewide minimum wage hike proposal; judge order Maryland regulators to pay doctor; Del. Dan Morhaim to retire, says he won’t seek 7th term; Craig Wolf, who is challenging Brian Frosh for attorney general, gives interview; and a young candidate for Montgomery Council is racking up support.

State Roundup, February 2, 2018

Gov. Hogan to have non-serious cancer lesions removed; attempt to delay implementation of paid sick leave law to allow more prep time for businesses appears to be dead; state Senate Republicans offer plans to help taxpayers hit by federal tax overhaul; Atty. Gen. Frosh to sue Trump administration over tax overhaul; Dems want politics taken out of Handgun Permit Review Panel; legislation targets bump stocks; timing may account for two differing conclusions to Maryland, Virginia bay studies; EPA reconsidering rescinding of grant to Bay Journal; and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings files for re-election.

State Roundup, February 1, 2018

In State of the State, Gov. Hogan pushes bipartisanship, comparing Annapolis with dysfunction in D.C., much to the skepticism of Democratic legislators. He also addresses growing economy and business sector, federal tax reform impact and opioid crisis statewide (links to 14 different reports) ; Morning Consult poll continues to rank Gov. Hogan second most popular gov in the U.S.; bill to allow dissolution of rapists’ parental rights heads to Hogan’s desk; lawmakers seek to understand complexities of insurance rate setting; bill would ensure women inmates have access to personal hygiene products; Hogan budget sets aside $8 million for parks in Garrett County; John Delaney to introduce presidential run with 30-second spot; and HUD Secty Carson warned of conflict of interest.

State Roundup, January 31, 2018

Legislative leaders back $500 million “lockbox” for education funding from casino revenue; after more than a decade, General Assembly on verge of passing bill to allow rape victims terminate parental rights of assailants; “Kushner Act” would prohibit Maryland judges from issuing civil arrest warrants for tenants being sued for less than $5,000 in unpaid rent; Del. Impallaria proposes bill to allow school boards to OK staffers to carry guns at schools; Gov. Hogan to deliver State of the State today; Maryland candidates wrestle over support from those accused of sexual misconduct; and Maryland Democrats react to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

State Roundup, January 30, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan has signed on to support the challenge to Maryland’s redistricting map before the Supreme Court; Senate committee unanimous in recommending Robert Neall as health secretary; Senate President Miller says he’ll introduce legislation to curb service by unconfirmed gubernatorial appointees; Hogan proposes bills to aid septic users with upgrades that would cut pollution; parents of pregnant woman killed by boyfriend want fetal homicide law widened; GOP challenger to Attorney General Frosh pops up on Facebook, for a while; Elijah Cummings recovering again; and former Maryland U.S. Attorney Rosenstein can’t stay above the fray in D.C.

State Roundup, January 29, 2018

Commission urges state to step into breach to protect Marylanders following federal gut of consumer financial protection regs while lawmakers say they support study on deregulation impact; lawmakers question Baltimore County’s interim superintendent over tech contracts, consulting fees and transparency; Howard delegation OKs bond proposal for centers’ upgrades; funding for Metro looking more likely; Gov. Hogan budgeted funds to dredge portion of Deep Creek Lake; Maryland women running for Congress find little enthusiasm for their efforts; two county executives run for governor, both face school controversies; and most in Maryland congressional delegation angry over federal offshore drilling plan but outraged over Florida exemption.

State Roundup, January 26, 2018

Gov. Hogan, lawmakers expected to look for solutions as Comptroller Franchot says new federal tax changes to benefit Marylanders in short term, but see hike in state taxes; factors undermining efforts to reduce nitrogen in the Bay; lawmaker proposes naming Nice Bridge after Sen. Middleton; Baltimore County lawmakers to address no bid contracts for schools, consulting by superintendents; ethics panel says Del. McCray “breached the standard of conduct;” Maryland’s first responders work to prevent accidental fentanyl overdoses among their ranks; and Montgomery Democratic committee treasurer drops council race to run for delegate.