State Roundup, January 9, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan proposes “investigator general” to root out corruption, mismanagement in Maryland schools as he promises more funds to help warm up chilly Baltimore City schools; Kirwan Commission preliminary report says despite increased funding, Maryland students remain in “middle of the pack” in U.S.; Annapolis session expected to focus on effect of national policies on state; MGM Casino takes biggest market share; Del. Lewis Young to seek re-election; state GOP chair says Sen. Oaks, under indictment, must go; Oaks’ attorney says FBI probe threw a wider net; Baltimore County to sue opioid makers, distributors; and Salvadorans in Maryland concerned about latest federal order ending protected status.

State Roundup, January 8, 2018

Women lawmakers say harassment in Annapolis is pervasive, not adequately addressed; Gov. Hogan backs stripping parental rights from rapists, bill has better shot of passing; Hogan says overturning sick leave bill veto would open door for workers to be mandated to reveal reasons; U.S. Rep. Cummings hospitalized, as his wife, a candidate for governor, drops out of race; feds say state Sen. Oaks had confessed to corruption; Maryland schools have been a ratings decline for several years; lawmakers in Annapolis expected to address Metro funding; medical marijuana users face dilemma of giving up treatment or gun; and new poll finds strong support for renewable energy on Eastern Shore and in Baltimore County.

State Roundup, January 5, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan opposing Trump administration plan to significantly expand offshore oil, gas drilling along Atlantic coastline; emerging Maryland medical marijuana industry concerned about U.S. Attorney General Sessions’ rescinding of policy; animal, plant populations up in Bay, new report card shows; controversy over cold schools heats up, report finds delays, failures forced Baltimore City schools to return millions in state repair funds; Baltimore scrapyard settles environmental violations; and former Gov. O’Malley backs Johnny Olszewski Jr. for Baltimore County exec.

State Roundup, January 4, 2018

Most Md. schools closed because of snow today; Anne Arundel County is suing wide swath of players as it attacks its opioid crisis; Comptroller Franchot to release report on how federal tax impacts state; Gov. Hogan to announce plans on Conowingo Dam; Worcester judicial appointee involved in racial bias lawsuit; China’s decision to cut waste stream from United States to impact states that recycle; Sen. Oaks’ hearing set for day after session opens; labor candidates enter Democratic primary; and Montgomery County faces $120 million budget shortfall.

State Roundup, January 3, 2018

A poultry supplier’s 2014 donation to the gubernatorial campaign of Larry Hogan is raising questions among Democrats as he plans for re-election fight; a diverse coalition of wholesalers, retailers and public health advocates are mobilizing to fight Franchot’s craft beer recommendations; southwest Baltimore County delegates to the General Assembly gearing up to address education, healthcare and criminal justice reform; Del. McKay eyes legislative success as he hopes to play off of last year’s support; rebuffed by EPA, Atty. Gen. Frosh to hold hearing on clean air; former Gov. O’Malley still hasn’t sat for his official portrait; and Senate President Miller to headline fund-raiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Baker.

State Roundup, January 2, 2018

Lower birth control costs, stronger smoke alarm requirements among new laws that took effect Jan. 1; legislators begin to pre-file bills, including ones to address human trafficking; inmate mental health issues to come up again in Annapolis; Sen. Edwards working with Gov. Hogan to expand business growth incentives; Hogan to update or repeal 657 “outdated” regulations; FBI won’t take over probe into Baltimore Police detectives slaying; President Trump’s first, tumultuous year leaves impact on Maryland; on a tight schedule, legislators are packing in the fundraisers; Arundel searches for new ways to help addicts recover; 30 people run for at-large seats on Montgomery Council; and conservative radio DJ out at WBAL-AM.

State Roundup, December 22, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan names Robert Neall as Health Secretary, replacing Dennis Schrader, who will stay on as department COO; Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus sets agenda for next session, focusing on HBCUs, sentencing reforms among others; open enrollment for ACA ends today; Hogan proposes plan to mitigate federal tax reform; counties wrestle with accepting early property tax payments to avoid federal deduction cap; CASA backs Marc Elrich for Montgomery exec; and, happy holidays, Arundel pays off public school students’ cafeteria debt.

State Roundup, December 21, 2017

Gov. Hogan to seek to protect Maryland taxpayers from higher tax bills caused by new federal tax overhaul; Del. McKay says legalizing recreational marijuana likely to be a top issue in upcoming session; Comptroller Franchot pushes for regular mental health checkups for all; state Democratic Party files complaint against judge who attended Roy Moore fund-raiser; Paul Corderman sworn in as latest state delegate; candidate-legislators gear up for pre-session fund-raisers; gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea issues transportation proposal; meanwhile Ben Jealous garners more union backing; and Prince George’s exec hopeful Edwards doesn’t get union support she received in congressional run.

State Roundup, December 20, 2017

Gov. Hogan announces plan to spend $461 million to add new travel lanes to 19 miles of Baltimore Beltway; state Democratic lawmakers come up with plan to fund Metro without raising taxes, getting initial positive response from Gov. Hogan; seven state lawmakers ask Secretary of Transportation Rahn to stop a proposed maglev; Baltimore Mayor Pugh upbeat on tunnel expansion after meeting with CSX; the road to green energy in Maryland is paved with a lot of hurdles to jump over; Maryland, eight other states finalize pact on air pollution limits; protesters outline concerns over Hancock area gas pipeline; and former president of D.C. Woman’s Democratic Club joins District 16 delegate race.

State Roundup, December 19, 2017

Department of Environment to hold public hearing on proposed natural gas pipeline beneath the Potomac, C&O Canal; Chesapeake Bay water quality hits near-record high, new report shows; Gov. Hogan touts his sick leave proposal in Post editorial; protesters call for resignation of Arundel County Council chair Peroutka; Prince George’s Councilwoman Harrison to run for House of Delegates; congressional candidate Trone, a Wharton biz school grad, attempts to school fellow Wharton grad President Trump on business in Maryland Matters op-ed; and come Jan. 1, 2018, Baltimore City elected officials to see fatter pay checks.