State Roundup, February 14, 2019

Health care advocates, lawmakers rally support for bill to require all Marylanders to have health insurance or face a fine; Del. McKay, who pushed for Medicaid dental coverage, now seeks grant program to boost dental clinics; Arundel County seeks veto on siting of new Bay Bridge span, drawing resistance in Senate committee; Redskins owner’s purchase of $100 million yacht throws doubt on public funding of new stadium; audits find Maryland colleges lax when checking if students really qualify for in-state tuition; following shooting in city school, GOP lawmakers want to arm school police; bill would address complaints over noisy BWI flight patterns; and Hogan spokeswoman to join Republican Governors Association.

State Roundup, February 13, 2019

Party line vote as state Senate OKs giving school boards say on when school starts; Gov. Hogan continues to press ahead for Prince George’s-Western Maryland land swap, but without the Redskins stadium; bill would abolish Handgun Review Board, which overturns majority of State Police decisions; panel gives incumbent Nancy Kopp thumbs up for treasurer over two contenders; General Assembly to get workplace climate study; Harford County Exec Glassman gives boost to atempt to form statewide drug pricing panel; Speaker Busch honors slain Capital Gazette staffers; study finds Baltimore’s JFX has much higher crash rate than other state highways; and former gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous starts up investment firm in Baltimore.

State Roundup, February 12, 2019

Lawmakers hammer away at long-term solutions for school insfrastructure problems; Hogan bill reintroduced for public school “inspector general;” rockfish decline likely to trigger catch reductions; study finds taxes cut teen drinking, smoking, but advocates won’t seek more hikes; Treasurer Nancy Kopp to face three challengers for her seat; bill would create study panel into Maryland’s sordid history of lynching; opinionmakers seek transparency in state judiciary; and in the latest installment of the Hogan Prez Watch, Gov. Hogan appears on CNN and also offers up a nationally targeted commentary.

State Roundup, February 11, 2019

Proposal to hike Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 has businesses lining up on both sides of the issue; Sen. Pinsky defends attempts to overturn Gov. Hogan’s school start executive order, using comparisons to governors who blocked black children from school; bill would require congressional districts to be compact and respect geographic, local city and county boundaries; DLS suggests cutting Judiciary by $21 million; bill would raise judges’ mandatory retirement age to 73; Baltimore lawmakers seek to bring Pimlico owners into talks about its future; policy group Change Maryland Inc. formed; and Anne Arundel County considers banning polystyrene containers.

State Roundup, February 8, 2019

Gov. Hogan hits back at lawmakers, says he will submit bill to make school boards that want to start classes before Labor Day seek voter OK as Senate gives preliminary approval to bill allowing local school districts to decide; lawmakers hear of difficulties of Marylanders renewing licenses to comply with federal Real ID law; lawmakers tackle bill to give counties say over state proposals for toll roads; Senate unanimously passes tougher cyberbullying bill; Sen. West proposes allowing Baltimore County to impose developer impact fees; Howard bill would allow county to impose fee on plastic bags; and Vice President Pence to tour Port of Baltimore, get a close-up of high tech scanning for contraband.

State Roundup, February 7, 2019

As Democratic lawmakers seek to override his executive order mandating that schools start after Labor Day, Gov. Hogan says he’ll fight back with a referendum; prison reform bill targets solitary confinement use for pregnant women and minors; BPW grills elections administrator over delayed posting of vote results; bill would strip state school superintendent’s ability to veto local board’s appointment; Comptroller Franchot, fighting moves to strip him of power, says he’ll shine light on lawmakers’ corporate interests; Western Maryland residents are skeptical of Hogan land swap-stadium plan; and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings pushes ethics, voting rights bill proposed by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes.

State Roundup, February 6, 2019

Comptroller Peter Franchot blasts bills to strip his office enforcement powers, its sponsor Sen. Ben Kramer for “act of complete petty retaliation;” legislation calls for live-streaming General Assembly, state elections board and MTA meetings; bill would strip Maryland governors of some parole decisions; advocates seek expansion of Justice Reinvestment Act to keep ex-cons from returning to jail; measure would extend local power over highway plans to all counties; Annapolis mayor, with help from Speaker Michael Busch, seeks more funds for services provided as Capital City; MTA to go back to federal government seeking funds to aid Port of Baltimore with revamped Howard Street Tunnel; and Baltimore County school board hires superintendent search firm.

State Roundup, February 5, 2019

Del. Watson yanks bill to impose higher flood standards for Ellicott City; Del. Moon proposes bill to decriminalize attempted suicide in favor of more mental health care; Senate panel questions Handgun Permit Review Board process in handling appeals; legislative committee leaning against putting future of recreational marijuana before the voters; Hogan administration expects Prince George’s officials to lead on negotiations for possible new Redskins stadium; Virginia man sentenced to 45 months for labeling foreign crabmeat as from the Bay; study finds UM football fanbase faulters after move to Big 10, Jordan McNair’s death; and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings joins chorus calling for Virginia governor to step down.

State Roundup, February 4, 2019

Two bills target corporations: SB37 would cut Maryland’s corporate tax rate; SB76 would require chains to use combined reporting for corporate income taxes; Gov. Larry Hogan called the Purple Line “the largest public-private transit project in the nation,” but was that factual?(Yes); federal judge dismisses Maryland suit to protect Obamacare; university officials testify that they see little upside to federal changes to Title IX sex misconduct policies; campaign treasurer for late Del. Minnick sentenced to 18 months; Dems sign on to Republican redistricting proposal as governor’s panel hears about voter confusion in Montgomery; and while speculation is high that Maryland’s Republican governor will run for president, there is a Maryland Democrat who has already announced.

State Roundup, February 1, 2019

Gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action lobbies Annapolis over 3D, kit “ghost guns” and background checks with widow of slain Capital Gazette editor John McNamara urging lawmakers on more regulation; Sen. George Edwards pushes bill to give judges more sentencing options; Sen. Paul Pinsky would like more regulations over for-profit colleges; bill would allow medical marijuana to be sold in edible forms; state Department of Education to replace PARCC standardized test with much shorter one; meanwhile, one lawmaker seeks mandated time for phys ed in elementary school; bill would allow property tax breaks for hosts of robotics clubs; A Miner Detail podcast: prescription drug pricing; and Baltimore County Exec Olszewski proposes public financing of county elections.