Bipartisan support for school security legislation that would require districts to hire safety personnel, set up active shooter plans, add technology; House of Delegates passes Gov. Hogan’s $44.5 billion budget, setting up conference session over Senate version; Del. McKay continues push for Medicaid dental coverage; controversial bill would ban new hires from opting out of being contacted by union; federal omnibus bill restores funding of Chesapeake Bay cleanup and gives full funding for a Fort Detrick laboratory; and U.S. Senate OKs new U.S. Attorney for Maryland.
Following shooting at S. Maryland school, school safety bills to be focus of General Assembly hearings; House vote expected today on $44.5 million state operating budget; school construction bill would strip approval power from governor, comptroller; legislation for mandate prisons to develop policies on medical care for pregnant prisoners; problems plague Prince George’s safe house for battered women, which receives state funding; Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vignarajah pushes women’s candidacies, issues to the forefront with new ad; and whether by bus or bike, several politicians to attend Saturday March for Our Lives in D.C.
Following the Southern Maryland school shootings, Gov. Hogan faults General Assembly for not acting more quickly on legislation, even as legislators weigh spending $125 million more on school security upgrades; House to consider bill to test dental insurance for Medicaid recipients; Senate expected to vote today on $1 billion capital budget; HBCUs call for more compensation after Hogan’s $100 million offer; House panel skeptical of JHU’s proposal for campus police force; judge rejects challenge to city state’s attorney candidate’s residency; Prince George’s Council rejects pay raise; and Sun Media Group undergoing company-wide reorganization.
With state Senate passage, Maryland on verge of banning bump stocks; bill to allow judges to admit history of predatory behavior heads to conference committee; measure to overhaul how General Assembly deals with harassment claims passes House, heads to Senate; Comptroller Franchot gets whacked with legislation after his “Reform on Tap” attempt fails; as usual, crossover day passes in a frenzy; bill would ban pot smoking in vehicles; Doug Gansler backs Richard Madaleno for governor; and challenges to two candidates’ residency could clear way for city State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Gov. Hogan, Dems propose taxing insurance companies to stabilize health premiums; where ever it is built, impact of proposed third span to Bay Bridge to draw opposition, favor; House of Delegates OKs bill that would ban sale of animals from puppy mills; Senate OKs stripping state song of designation; Sen. Oaks asks court to dismiss six counts; Congress faces Friday deadline on deciding EPA authority over Bay cleanup; judge ousts talk show host from state Senate race after challenge to residency; and DNR won’t transfer Arundel fairgrounds to county despite request from county exec.
Maryland Senate unanimously passes $44.5 billion budget with $200 million in new education funding; as gun control measures pass House of Delegates, Senate President Miller pushes committee chair to move bills to Senate floor; bill to allow evidence in court of predatory behavior moves out of committee; in fight against Citizens United, House moves for Constitutional Convention; proposal to legalize sports betting may go to the voters in November; drug, alcohol testing of drivers who cause pedestrian death before Senate panel; Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls line up behind upping renewables standard; and three small businesses in Seat Pleasant sue town over huge rise in property taxes.
Gov. Hogan calls bipartisan bill to tighten restrictions on gun accessibility, ban bumpstocks “common sense;” lawmakers seeks to make Baltimore City Police Department accountable, transparent; immigration debate heats up in Annapolis; new renewable energy use mandate fails; pipeline protesters arrested in State House sit-in; ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ may be relegated to the b-side; state Sen. Oaks drops entrapment claim; U.S. Rep. Cummings recovering at home; Donna Edwards endorsed by Maryland Working Families in race for Prince George’s County exec; and Hogan attacks potential rival over silence on county officials’ convictions.
Sen. Kagan, lobbyist Gil Genn roll out video of incident to prove opposing views on inappropriate touching complaint while Kagan says more women have told her similar stories; Sen. Ferguson seeks commission to look into Baltimore Police disgraced Gun Trace Task Force; delegate would like to expand hate crime law to include visual threats; private schools rally for public support; clean water activists to protest Potomac pipeline; Gov. Hogan taps Sen. Norman’s widow to fill out remainder of his term; and after years, Carroll Commissioners pass state-mandated ethics law, but not without tension.
House committee rejects proposal to prohibit wind farms within 30 miles of Ocean City coastline; state Senate OKs sweeping crime bill, passing it on to the House; Sen. Kagan continues to beat drum for modernizing statewide 911 system; lawmakers look to shield government-held email lists from public information requests; state Senate gives final OK to judicial pay hikes; Frederick County’s challenge to stormwater management mandates to go to court; Sen. Norman’s widow nominated to fill remainder of his term; and a progressive challenges Sen. Zirkin, picks up endorsement along the way.
Patient bill of right passes Senate Friday, spurred by “patient dumping” incident; lawmakers look to regulate AirBnB type home-sharing setups; vill to allow evidence of sexual predatory behavior has shot in Senate, unlikely to pass House; Virginia lawmakers step up with companion Metro funding bill similar to Maryland’s proposal; Gov. Hogan draws scrutiny over job appointments procedures; conservative think-tank criticizes Prince George’s schools over post-employment benefits; and Baltimore County executive candidates consider raft of school reforms following ex-Superintendent Dance guilty perjury plea.