State Roundup, June 7, 2019

Planning, parkland agency rejects key SHA study on I-270, Capital Beltway that may set up a fight between local planners and state over Hogan widening plans; bay bridge foes push for alternatives to a new span; four executives with the University of Maryland Medical Systems resign as former Busch aide named chief of staff; bay area fisherman now harvesting invasive and hungry blue catfish; and U.S. Rep. Cummings wants guarantee that Harriet Tubman will be on $20 bill.

State Roundup, June 6, 2019

In a contentious, 3-hour meeting, Board of Public Works splits 2-1 to OK amended Hogan road widening plan, including building out I-270 first, phasing in toll lanes on American Legion Bridge, I-495; Comptroller Franchot gets his wish in protesting Alabama abortion law as BPW delays contract with Alabama firm; state extends deadline for drivers to fix REAL ID; Kirwin funding workgroup named; state retirees seek class action status to sue over change in prescription drug benefits; 72 lawmakers ask Gov. Hogan to free funds for BSO; and Maryland casinos see ups and down.

State Roundup, June 5, 2019

Gov. Hogan’s proposal to add toll lanes to Capital Beltway, I-270 in public-private partnership goes before BPW today, with Comptroller Franchot seen as the swing vote; meanwhile a researcher says Hogan administration misses mark when claiming that more lanes will reduce air pollution; Franchot, who urged state to cut ties with Alabama after its abortion ban, to decide on contract with some funds going to Alabama-based firm; in speech before businesspeople, Hogan promises fight against Democrats on education, roads fronts and for the ‘future of Maryland;’ Cannabis Commission, not Health’s food safety division, will oversee marijuana edibles; in a surprise, Del. Kipke plays midwife, helps wife deliver their third child at home; and Washington County raises income taxes for first time in 20 years.

State Roundup, June 4, 2019

After saying no to a 2020 presidential run, Gov. Larry Hogan says he’d consider running in 2024; 59 lawmakers sign letter to Board of Public Works asking them to Gov. Hogan’s toll lane proposal for Capital Beltway, I-270, offering alternatives and urging protection of homes and businesses; judge dismisses doctors from opioid lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies; Newseum honors slain Capital Gazette journalists, adding their names to memorial; and Maryland’s only presidential candidate, Dem John Delaney, gets booed in San Francisco and dissed by AOC.

State Roundup, June 3, 2019

Gov. Hogan says he won’t challenge President Trump for GOP nomination, but starts national advocacy organization instead; as BPW prepares to vote on Gov. Hogan’s public-private highway plan, opposition grows to the plan in Montgomery, Prince George’s; UMMS adopts anti-conflict of interest policy, makes other changes in relationship with board; despite Hogan’s recent appointments, Handgun Permit Review Board’s future in doubt; UM Regents to probe adenovirus death; legislative leaders, GOP split on Hogan releasing BSO funding; taxpayers foot $145,500 bill for state’s Preakness tent; and U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger: NSA says its malware not involved in Baltimore City computer attack.

State Roundup, May 31, 2019

After vetoing bill to abolish state’s Handgun Permit Review Board, Gov. Hogan nominates five to new members, who might only serve till state lawmakers overturn veto; Gov. Hogan calls for investigation into how College Park officials handled deadly outbreak of adenovirus on campus; although BPW refused contract for W. Maryland pipeline, foes continue to rally against possibility; just days after Hogan OKs $3.2 million in state funding, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels summer series; although policy set term limits for UMMS board members, some stayed on much longer; Baltimore County considers placing solar panels on some government buildings; Baltimore City councilman’s aide, sister to state senator, nominated to fill council spot; and U.S. Rep. Hoyer now says he is for statehood for D.C.

State Roundup, May 30, 2019

As Maryland promotes more diversity among medical marijuana licensees, 160 applicants seek one of 14 new licenses; Attorney General Frosh files new charges against pharmaceutical companies for alleged role in opioid epidemic; State Center developer attorneys fight state over “executive privilege” on documents; state lawmakers ask Maryland Racing Commission to probe Stronach’s lopsided use of state funds on track upgrades; state says paper mill workers will qualify for unemployment on first day out of work; some donors to Mayor Pugh’s campaign was money back; and trailblazer Shirley Jones, first woman in Maryland history to be named federal judge, dies at 93.

State Roundup, May 29, 2019

Former Sen. Frank Kelly under scrutiny in UMMS self-dealing scandal; Chestertown residents decry lack of service at local UMMS hospital in wake of self-dealing scandal; often-absent students still graduating high school, calling into question value of diploma; Chesapeake Bay Foundation hopes to pull Pennsylvania into line in bay cleanup efforts; new Purple Line CEO says he wants to clear “roadblocks” from Maryland’s delayed light-rail project; journalists, nonprofits ask court to declare unconstitutional Maryland’s law against broadcasting lawfully obtained recordings of criminal proceedings; Hogan cabinet members meet in Western Maryland over paper plant closing; and Montgomery’s emergency communications systems falters again.

State Roundup, May 28, 2019

Gov. Hogan vetoes eight bills including one that would dissolve the state Handgun Permit Review Board and one that would create a new way to regulate oyster harvests; Hogan did allow almost 300 to become law without his signature including one to expand food stamp benefits through the summer months to students who rely on free meals from their schools; doctors seeks their removal from lawsuits brought by Maryland jurisdictions against big pharma; Baltimore County delegate removes FB post after it was dubbed “hateful;” BGE asks Public Service Commission to allow rate hike; Montgomery emergency services see 14-hour communications breakdown; reforms for Arundel liquor board likely in the offing; and Sen. Van Hollen, Rep. Ruppersberger seek briefing by NSA over malware it created that has disrupted Baltimore City government.

State Roundup, May 24, 2019

Gov. Hogan says Metro chair shouldn’t just resign from leadership post, he should step down from board; Maryland, Virginia senators join to push for consistent federal funding for Metro; Disability advocates ask Gov. Hogan’s help to fix MTA MobilityLink problems; state distributes 57,000 fentanyl test kits; acting UMMS chief executive vows to make major shift in board culture; Speaker Jones asks State House Trust to remove 1964 plaque that honors both Union and Confederate soldiers; Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s move to keep Harriet Tubman off $20 bill gets some pushback from New York artist; mock disaster tests Maryland’s elections system; the Baltimore County Council raises the income tax for the first time in 30 years; and Carroll commissioners move to find $1 million more for schools.