State Roundup, November 23, 2016

Feds asked to speed up reforms at Baltimore City Police Dept.; Gov. Hogan froze state Sen. Middleton out of Nice Bridge event; Hogan, DC Metro chair wrestle over funds; Democratic Sen.-elect Van Hollen faces tough job in Republican Congress; Texas judge blocks impending overtime pay rule change; Montgomery County lawn care firms go to court to overturn cosmetic pesticide use; Baltimore County students, and parents defend Super Dance re-tweet at school board meeting

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and Gov. Larry Hogan anncounce plans to replace the Harry Nice Bridge behind them. Governor's Office Photo.

State Roundup, November 22, 2016

Gov. Hogan touts $765 million plan to replace Nice Bridge over Potomac; state added 34,7000 jobs in year, making it 20th in U.S. for job growth; medical marijuana regulators set Nov. 28 to award initial dispensary licenses; state hopes to test air quality around coal plant; Maryland awarded $46 million in Victim Assistance Grant; new federal overtime rules coming; UM President Loh announces support for undocumented students; and Baltimore County school super to start reporting other pay.

State Roundup, November 21, 2016

The head of Maryland’s black caucus angered by regulators’ plan to pick marijuana dispensaries even while process is controversial; judicial committee recommends bail rules change to Court of Appeals; replacement of transportation funding law likely; Maryland’s U.S. attorney has bipartisan support, hopes Trump administration will retain him; more discussion on future of Nice Bridge; Maryland officials hope Trump admin will support infrastructure improvements; Van Hollen to lead in Senate Dems campaign committee; candidates to replace state Sen. Raskin all pretty similar; and possible candidates line up for Baltimore County exec race.

State Roundup, November 18, 2016

Middleton will take lead on sick leave legislation; with changes on the horizon for the state’s cash-bail system, bail bond firms already see business down-turn; local jurisdictions start planning in wake of misdirected funds debacle; Attorney General Frosh opens hate speech hot line as Montgomery County among those seeing uptick; state seeks to curb volatility in budgets; UMBC billing procedure questioned; Dels. Pena-Melnyk, McIntosh consider running for higher office; U.S. Rep. Harris loses caucus race; and Baltimore City mayor reaffirms commitment to openness to immigrants, refugees.

State Roundup, November 17, 2016

Office of the Comptroller says misdirected funds to locals is actually $21.4 million, asks 83 jurisdictions to pay it back; study finds that black drivers in Maryland searched at higher rate than whites and for less reason; state asks Lyft, Uber to fingerprint drivers; Maryland environmental regulators asks five other states to curb their 19 coal plants’ pollution; NAACP denounces Trump’s picks; and Sen. Cardin says legislation will target Russia cyber-attacks.

State Roundup, November 16, 2016

Workgroup seeks to help ex-cons reintegrate into society; Howard businesses seek county help in managing stormwater runoff; fracking protest held in Frederick; Montgomery school board reverses itself, agrees to start school after Labor Day; under Trump administration, federal funds could be imperiled to all types of sanctuary cities; U.S. Rep. Harris says he’ll keep Republicans on conservative path; former Gov. Ehrlich says he hasn’t been called by Trump for job interview; former presidential candidate Ben Carson says no to Trump, citing government inexperience; Attorney General Frosh decries rise in hate crimes; and Sen. Sanders to speak at Hopkins.

State Roundup, November 15, 2016

Attorney General Frosh sees rise in hateful behavior, urges victims to come forward; while Baltimore City Council gives initial OK to fracking ban, fracking protesters demonstrate outside Sen. Conway’s office; delegates join transit workers seeking changes to city bus system; three openings in state Senate; U.S. Sen. Cardin, Rep. Hoyer criticize Trump choice of Brietbart exec for White House post; and Baltimore City moves to ban toy guns that look like the real thing.

State Roundup, November 14, 2016

So few doctors sign up imperiling medical marijuana program; judicial panel to address bail bond rules and defendants’ ability to pay at Friday meeting; Senate Pres Miller, Speaker Busch push for Tubman, Douglass statues in State House; Stadium Authority bows out of Frederick conference center funding; while some see Trump presidency as good for Maryland’s chances for FBI HQ, others worry about impact; legislators call school construction panel too political, criticize chairman Knott; number of candidates written in in Maryland soared in this election; Del. McDonough seeks ethics charge against Baltimore County schools Super Dance; and be part of a rigged election!

State Roundup, November 11, 2016

Rep.-elect Raskin resigns state Senate seat; Gov. Hogan replaces Howard sheriff; voter turnout in Maryland lower than predicted; Maryland joins other state to make electoral college moot; Frostburg consider fracking ban on town property; Montgomery could begin hammering out minimum wage hike; Frederick preps its legislative agenda; Prince George’s now has two new council seats to fill; Purple Line could be safe under a President Trump; and Superintendent Dance retweets concern, garners criticism.

State Roundup, November 10, 2016

Gov. Hogan may be popular in Maryland, but it didn’t help the Republicans he endorsed for Congress; Attorney General Frosh may be adding to the murky status of fantasy sports, analysis says; Hogan congratulates Trump as Carroll Republicans rejoice over GOP nominee’s presidential victory; some say Hogan not backing Trump could spell trouble in a second-term run but others don’t see a problem; Maryland congressmen cautious about Trump, but willing to work with him on specific problems while federal agencies in Maryland fear cuts; from women to Muslims to immigrants, all fearful of their place under Trump presidency; for the first time in 52 years, Arundel goes for a Democrat for president; Harris’ re-election to House a decisive victory; Brown says his House victory wasn’t ‘redemption;’ and term-limits in Montgomery mean next election could be interesting.