State Roundup, January 20, 2020

Seven hundred shore-area residents pack PSC hearing on offshore wind proposal; bill would give jurisdictions veto over state-backed toll road projects; Gov. Hogan’s greenhouse gas plan called ‘truly vague;’ with left-leaning General Assembly, lawmakers expect more strict gun control regulations; with Chanel Branch’s nomination to fill Del. Glenn’s seat, General Assembly revives debate over filling vacancies; Maryland has highest rate of incarcerating black men ages 18-24; bill sets stage to keep Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, make Laurel Park year-round racing venue; and Allegany Board of Commissioners president defends board support of Dan’s Mountain wind project.

State Roundup January 17, 2020

Hogan proposes tax cuts for retirees; GOP lawmakers introduce violent crime package; Mosby receives racist voicemail; Harford County exec warns of Kirwan costs; The Sentinel Newspapers will stop publishing; Juvenile justice reforms suggested; governor’s greenhouse gas plan questioned; Hogan moves to block BSO subsidy; possessing ransomware proposed as crime; MD officials push back on Trump rules; residents object to delegate nomination vote; Mfume candidacy examined; Pugh’s campaign finance report shows $1 million balance; MD GOP finances recovered from Pence visit costs; MD Dem executive director resigns; too many Senate bills; Silver Line opening may be delayed; Harchenhorn remembered

State Roundup January 16, 2020

Lawmakers see much they like in the governor’s budget plan; Baltimore’s top prosecutor condemns backlash against black, female prosecutors; progressive lawmakers propose taxes to pay for education plan; background checks for long guns draws strong feelings; AG says drivers licenses should not be suspended for unpaid fines; standardized approach to exoneree settlements proposed; recession for 2021 predicted; candidate might challenge central committee nomination; wind farm objections continue in Dan’s Mountain; Hogan proposal would benefit military families; audit of Frederick immigration program coming; funding for SDAT; hospital payment system considered; future of BSO funding; Senate President Emeritus shares perspective; tolls moving on Bay Bridge in shift to electronic tolling

State Roundup, January 15, 2020

Gov. Larry Hogan previews his $47.9 billion budget, saying it shows fiscal responsibility while attacking crime problems and education without raising taxes; Sen. Smith offers bill to prevent landlord bias against housing voucher tenants; prosecutors seek to fix quirk in law that allows first-degree murderers, rapists to be eligible for parole earlier than second-degree offenders; carbon tax proposal returns with education funding component; four Montgomery County delegates to seek seats at Democratic National Convention; new poll finds Vignarajah leading Scott for Baltimore City mayor; and probe under way into death of 17-year-old special ed student.

State Roundup, January 14, 2020

New Prescription Drug Affordability Board learns about ethics of financial disclosure requirements in first meeting; eight Annapolis lawmakers are running for other offices; Gov. Hogan sets aside $9 million in tax credits to help those with student loan debt; formal portraits of former Senate President Mike Miller, late Sen. Verda Welcome hung in Senate chamber; Chanel Branch tapped to replace former Del. Cheryl Glenn; Board of Public Works OKs $18.8 million for Rural Legacy Program grants; NAACP, Prince George’s County sue Census Bureau over lack of preparation; following “Healthy Holly” book scandal, Baltimore City Council pursues ethics reforms; and Baltimore mayor signs off on plastic bag ban.

State Roundup, January 13, 2020

Medical marijuana brings in $10 million in tax revenues in FY2019; Southern Maryland officials plan to launch push to bring commuter rail to their communities; death with dignity bill could fall short again this year; tax proposed for online venues that host digital ads; legislature, workers have little confidence in handling of harassment, bias claims; two companies received a quarter of state tax abatements in 2019; with Baltimore City, Prince George’s concerned over Kirwan financial hit, lawmakers say they’ll study adjusting formula; federal lawmakers push to hold EPA accountable over Bay cleanup; dems seeking late Rep. Cummings’ seat hold forum; Prince George’s County Exec Alsobrooks slams law banning some fund-raising as biased; and is former Arundel County Exec Leopold running for AA school board?

State Roundup January 10, 2020

Former Senate President Mike Miller calls for addressing Baltimore’s crime problem in lengthy floor speech; Comptroller Peter Franchot confirms run for governor; Iran resolution passes house with all but one Maryland vote; online ad tax proposed; hospital op-ed praises state’s system; Hogan suggests retirement tax break for emergency responders; Morgan State University announces consideration of partnership for medical school; Baltimore youth fund under scrutiny; lawmakers from around the state discuss 2020 session and start meeting as delegations; judge rules against tenants in presidential son-in-law’s case; Brown picks a presidential candidate; Mia Mason will challenge Rep. Andy Harris; MVA working on REAL ID; tourism official calls for more CEOs to visit Garrett

State Roundup, January 9, 2020

Board of Public Works approves 2-1 Gov. Hogan’s Capital Beltway, I-270 roads plan with compromises; opening day of 441st General Assembly session launches era of younger, more diverse leadership, talk of bipartisan cooperation; as Adrienne Jones becomes new speaker, late Speaker Michael Busch is remembered; Gov. Hogan dismisses as false Washington Monthly article on business dealings, ethics while Jones, Senate President Ferguson express concern; cash-strapped Prince George’s, Baltimore to seek changes in Kirwan education formula; statewide, police departments have destroyed 270 rape kits in past two years; Maryland Insurance Agency to remain in downtown Baltimore location; gun issues among variety of Frederick lawmakers’ concerns; and Hogan asks Attorney General Frosh to sue Pennsylvania, EPA over Bay watershed cleanup plan.

State Roundup, January 8, 2020

Comptroller Franchot tells crowd he’s running for governor in 2022; with the General Assembly session opening today, the Statehouse will see new House and Senate leaders: Speaker Adrienne Jones brings a quiet style to her post while incoming Senate President Bill Ferguson seeks stability during the transition; pay attention to the up and comers within the House and Senate; who are the six new members of the House and Senate?; as Gov. Hogan sets his top priorities as crime and corruption, he brushes off questions about his real estate business deals following Washington Monthly report; proposed I-270 monorail between Frederick and Montgomery counties gains traction; and with Amazon blooming in Arlington County, Va., the economic split between it and Montgomery County, Md., grows.

State Roundup, January 7, 2020

While Gov. Hogan may not like a lot of what President Trump is doing, the way the two real estate executives have handled their private business affairs while in office is strikingly similar; Hogan faced a bumpy, windy road on the way to compromises over his Capital-area highway widening plans; a top Hogan aide is leaving to take government relations job with highway construction firm; on the eve of the General Assembly’s 441st session, Kirwan education reforms expected to remain top issue in Annapolis; with new leadership in the House of Delegates and the Senate comes uncertainty; new prescription drug board kicks off with bipartisanship, hope of reining in costs; Gonzales Poll finds Hogan’s popularity continues; and former U.S. Treasury official joins race for Baltimore mayor.