Kopp recommended for fourth term as Md. treasurer

It was a foregone conclusion that the Special Joint Legislative Committee to Select the State Treasurer would recommend that Nancy Kopp get a fourth four-year term in one of the most powerful jobs in state government.

Even the only other candidate interviewed by the committee, Bill Campbell, the Republican nominee for comptroller in the last two elections, expected that outcome.

State Roundup, February 18, 2015

State’s chief public defender seeks limits on caseloads, funds for more attorneys; homicide rate in Maryland prisons was triple national average, now has fallen; Gov. Hogan appoints veteran trooper to head Maryland State Police; Del. McKay seeks to cut corporate income tax rate for Washington, Allegany counties; expansion of needle exchange program is sought; state Dems backing President Obama on national immigration action; Lt. Gov. Brown could have won governor’s race with higher turnout, poll finds; and Baltimore County approves natural burial sites.

Opt-out smart meter

Bill would eliminate charges for electricity customers who reject ‘smart meters’

Extra fees for electricity customers who refuse to accept “smart meters” because they are wary of the new technology would be eliminated by a bill heard by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, and any extra costs would be spread across all customers. Utility companies argue these fees are necessary because of the extra cost of continuing to read the old meters.

Hogan Week 3 ends on upbeat note

The third full week of the Hogan administration ended on an upbeat note for the new governor.

The Maryland Senate unanimously approved 12 cabinet appointments, while Hogan launched an expanded outreach campaign to the legislature.