State Roundup, August 21, 2015

Maryland’s new corrections chief explores changes to solitary confinement, parole and probation policies, with greater focus on drug treatment and mental health care; Chestertown seeks assurances on department of environment test cleanup of decades-old heating oil spill; U.S. Rep. Cummings seeks financial information on group trying to bring down Planned Parenthood; as O’Malley runs for president, his touted zero tolerance policy turns sour; Atty. Gen. Frosh to campaign for O’Malley in New Hampshire; Arundel Council considers wild animal anti-cruelty bill; printer malfunction halts property sales closings in Baltimore City; activist mugging victim to run for city mayor’s post; and Frederick Councilman Kirby Delauter says his company won’t donate to charities following passage of law banning county from contracting with elected officials’ companies.

State Roundup, August 20, 2015

Geologists to install seismometer in Western Maryland to prep for fracking activity; medical experts say in light of Gov. Hogan’s latest cancer news, patients should be optimistic but cautious about their own diagnosis; state manufacturers express concern over how loosening marijuana laws will affect their workforce; opinionmaker Laslo Boyd says it’s time for Ken Holt to go; Cecil County to seek state OK to get on the microbrewery bandwagon; Frederick’s Jan Gardner to seek unified front in seeking legislation in Annapolis; U.S. Rep. Cummings hints at Senate try as he hires noted Senate-race fundraiser; and Frederick County cuts carbon dioxide emissions.

State Roundup, August 19, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan’s push to reform the state’s redistricting process has turned the usual politics upside down; Hogan announces he’s 95% cancer free; farm uses Hogan image for American Cancer Society corn maze fund-raiser; as state formally cancels Red Line with feds, advocates say administration not complying with public records law; health insurance marketplace rolls rise 39%; Frederick County repeals English-only law; and who else will run for mayor of Baltimore City?

State Roundup, August 18, 2015

While 30 state delegates ask Housing Secretary Holt to resign following lead poisoning remarks, Gov. Hogan says he stand by his “passionate and competent public servant” after Holt receives a good talking-to; and Sun editorial board questions Holt’s suitability for office; Maryland to participate in federal initiative combatting rising heroin deaths; Secretary Holt proposes plan to sell foreclosed houses to college grads needing to consolidate student loan debt; U.S. Rep. Edwards releases new poll showing her ahead of U.S. Rep. Van Hollen in Senate race; and Prince George’s employment numbers improve.

State Roundup, August 17, 2015

Secretary Holt apologizes for ‘anecdote’ about mothers poisoning children to obtain free housing under lead paint rules; Lt. Gov. Rutherford says Hogan administration won’t roll back lead paint liability for rental owners; meanwhile, worker, enviro and consumer groups worried that Hogan will roll back important reforms in business regulation overhaul; legislators urge Hogan to include them in redistricting reform; Baltimore City losing political clout, making it easier for Hogan to spurn its requests; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards campaigns in conservative Eastern Shore; and Baltimore City residents seek alternative mayoral candidates to Rawlings-Blake and Dixon.

State Roundup, August 14, 2015

Dozens march around Government House protesting Gov. Hogan’s decision to inform feds when some illegal immigrants are released from jail; congressional delegation pushes Hogan administration on savings from killing the Red Line; Prince George’s to try to come up with $20 million more for Purple Line; attorney general says same-sex spouses can be guilty of adultery as well; head of medical marijuana panel says it won’t get involved in local marijuana zoning issues; MaCO sessions on medical marijuana packed; U.S. Rep. Edwards rolls out campaign for Senate in Easton; and O’Malley outlines plans if elected president.

State Roundup, August 13, 2015

Gov. Hogan says he’ll notify federal officials when some illegal immigrants are released from Detention Center. Hogan administration says Dems in post-Red Line discussions were grandstanding; judge rejects state arguments, clears way for merger of Exelon and Pepco; state, Baltimore City launch new homeownership program in wake of rioting; lawmakers ask Treasury Department to return Maryland farmer’s money that was seized; in state Sen. Raskin’s bid for Congress, campaign says several prominent women are on his side; J Street supporting both Edwards and Van Hollen for Senate seat; and Frederick City seems poised to move Taney bust from court house.

State Roundup, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Del. McIntosh urges state to release millions in unused transportation funds for Baltimore projects; Appeals Court says police can use freely given DNA to probe other cases unless expressly told not to; Gov. Hogan leaves hospital, is midway through chemo treatment; three judges, two attorneys to vie for spot on Court of Appeals; county officials to begin trek down the ocean for annual MaCO conference; state Chamber of Commerce lead by first woman of color; Comptroller Franchot pumped on Conococheague Creek Aqueduct project; and in 8th District congressional race, Del. Barve emphasizes experience, while a Republican ponders throwing hat in the ring.

Elected officials meet with MDOT Monday (From Del. Clarence Lam's Facebook page)

State Roundup, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Baltimore-area elected officials disappointed, frustrated with Hogan administration plan to make city buses run better in place of yanked Red Line while some had hoped for modern fix; CDC urges middle, high schools to start school later; insurance commish Redmer completes summer of town hall meetings, says he got an earful on insurance problems; Havre de Grace native now a marijuana entrepreneur in Colorado, considers Maryland for expansion; new state gaming chief says casino revenues solid, growing for a while a least; Arundel County considers tax district around casino, asks Stadium Authority for help; and Baltimore youth jobs program may be unsustainable.

Gov. Larry Hogan announces the members of his redistricting reform commission Aug. 8. Photo from Governor's Office.

State Roundup, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Reaction to Hogan redistricting plan; JPR chair Bobby Zirkin seeks formula for pot growing;
people still red over Red Line; MTA eyes $58m for marc engines; sentencing law; unaffiliated voter rolls grow; Taney bust controversy in Frederick; Young Republicans not so young; Franchot pushes tax free week; wage protest at Pimlico; Hogan gets new round of chemo;
group says Maryland needs to address cancer; Rep. Edwards fights for Naloxone; Leggett won't run; Montgomery schools debate holiday closings; Steven Kreseski, Gov. Bob Ehrlich's chief of staff, dies at 58.