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State Roundup, May 22, 2015

May 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission to South Korea, China and Japan; MTA’s Mobility system for the disabled faces myriad complaints, lawsuit; grand jury hands down indictments of six Baltimore Police officers in Freddie Gray’s death with some changes to Mosby charges; U.S. Rep. Harris helps hammer out bipartisan compromise on NIH grants bill; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen hopes to help states stop predatory towing; and losing Maryland candidate Dan Bongino moves to new home on Florida's Atlantic coast

State Roundup, May 21, 2015

May 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s new environmental chief says he’ll push to improve bay health and business relations; MGM National Harbor calls minority business suit frivolous; residents of State Center see redevelopment as neighborhood revitalization tool; MVA pulls parallel parking from driving tests; Maryland’s U.S. reps, Baltimore City mayor meet at White House over Baltimore problems; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards had backed Senate rival Van Hollen to replace Pelosi as House Dem leader; and former TV news anchor quits Marriott job, may run for Congress from the 8th

State Roundup, May 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan finds that moving money in Maryland is more difficult than he expected as State Police will have to find money to reopen Annapolis barrack; Senate panels to convene over Hogan’s toll cuts; three named to Open Meetings Compliance Board; Maryland joins nationwide fraud complaint over cancer charities; Coppin State gets new president; and Baltimore City minority business group complains of treatment by City Hall

State Roundup, May 19, 2015

May 19th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Supremes strike down Maryland tax law governing out-of-state income, ruling could affect other states and cost Maryland counties millions of dollars. Especially hard-hit could be Montgomery, but Anne Arundel says it it ready to refund; ruling could apply to new E-ZPass two-tier policy as well; development of new state fracking rules mirror O’Malley timeline; President Obama puts limits on turning over military equipment to local jurisdictions; despite talk to the contrary, by state law Preakness can’t leave Baltimore; young, gay Republican considers running for U.S. Senate; Prince George’s business leaders want to cut property tax; Arundel Council backs police body cam study; and Montgomery Council chief questions Hogan on Purple Line

State Roundup, May 18, 2015

May 18th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan calls cost estimate of Purple Line not acceptable; Hogan says he’ll kill a Busch capital program and transfer funds to State Police operating budget but budget pros say not so fast, that’s not how this works; meanwhile political pundits say this is a slap at Speaker Busch, reminiscent of misstep by troubled one-termer Ehrlich; PSB OKs Exelon-Pepco merger; four Maryland college police departments get military equipment including rifles and an armored truck; PG exec in a budget/tax battle over ed funding; Arundel exec questioned over grants to out-of-county agencies that he has ties to; and O’Malley says he’s still against death penalty after Tsarnaev sentencing

State Roundup, May 15, 2015

May 15th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan won’t release $68 million for schools, will instead move it over to pensions, leaving Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery ed systems cold; Montgomery, Prince George’s to get a last shot at pleading for the Purple Line; Del. Vogt considers 6th Congressional seat run to recapture seat for GOP; as O’Malley ponders run for pres, he signs office lease in Baltimore City; ex-Mayor Sheila Dixon considers run against Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; and ethics panel rules Frederick Councilman Kirby Delauter can bid on county contracts

State Roundup, May 14, 2015

May 14th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Board of Public Works approves plans for $30 million, 60-bed jail for teens charged as adults; Moody’s isn’t thrilled with toll reductions; state officials worried about rising school construction costs, may be tied to prevailing wage law; initial estimate for damage from Baltimore riot put at $9 million; pundits say Gov. Hogan can help Baltimore City’s recovery; O’Malley expected to announce presidential decision May 30; and Montgomery to tax e-cigs and Internet rentals of private rooms

State Roundup, May 13, 2015

May 13th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan signs 350 bills into law on Tuesday, including ones addressing police-community relations, a move toward body cameras, whistleblower protection and tax relief for veterans; governor’s signature also makes way for creation of a commerce secretary; Uber now will be regulated by the PSC; Hogan has yet to appoint members of the Open Meetings Compliance Board so complaints are going unheard; Mayor Rawlings-Blake pushes governor on Red Line to promote jobs; Rawlings-Blake defends slower police action as non-escalation; Speaker Busch praises Hogan’s emergency moves; as former Gov. Mandel turns 95, he reflects on continued service; Howard Exec Kittleman signs gun ban; and political drama and intrigue -- well, just plain politics -- in Chevy Chase

State Roundup, May 12, 2015

May 12th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to sit down and sign hundreds of bills today; ex-felons rally to urge governor to sign bill giving them voting rights more quickly; highway bill would allow 70 mph on some highways; some bills are aimed at improving police-community relationships; one delegate, speaking from experience, advocates for sexual abuse victims; Pocomoke City chicken farm experiments with anaerobic digesters to help save the bay; 19-year-old sworn in as mayor of Indian Head, becoming youngest mayor in Maryland history; U.S. SBA steps in to help Baltimore’s recovery; Baltimore education advocates ask mayor, governor to put more bucks into education; and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend endorses Van Hollen as she decides not to run for U.S. Senate

State Roundup, May 11, 2015

May 11th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

As Gov. Larry Hogan considers whether to build the Purple Line, he must weigh economic growth against fiscal austerity; Purple Line supporters give a card board governor a tour; after years as a delegate, Eckardt reflects on first session as a state senator; in the Freddie Gray case: six Baltimore City officers seek dismissal of charges against them; U.S. Rep. Cummings backs Justice Department probe of Baltimore City police; Howard, Baltimore County police vans lack seat belts; over three years, 2,600 Baltimore City arrestees were refused admittance to detention center due to injuries, illness; and rise in black political power hasn’t touched average black people

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