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State Roundup, February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan continues to push his proposal to loosen rules governing charter schools, and gets a boost from the Post editorial board; Hogan proposes tax credit to those corporations that fund ed scholarships; Senate Pres Miller predicts a rocky road to confirmation for one Hogan nominee; controversy surrounds bill that would allow Baltimore City school police to carry weapons; advocates urge reform of law enforcement accountability in excessive force cases; Del. Jalisi has a date in court Monday, and he says he’s unaware of it; Attorney General Frosh backs GOP Central Committee in number of names it can submit to governor; and latest Iowa poll shows O’Malley unknown enough to garner no opinions

State Roundup, February 26, 2015

February 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Attorney General urges lawmakers to back fracking liability standards; mental health, drug treatment supporters rally against cuts to care providers; Gov. Hogan to decide on Purple Line by mid-May; Senate Pres. Miller offers up his own version of rain tax repeal; freshman delegate hopes to restore voting rights for some ex-offenders; tax breaks proposed for angel investors; Hogan’s charter school proposal gets initial hearing today; Kopp re-elected state treasurer; U.S. Sen. Mikulski, other women senators push to help victims of human trafficking; and Prince George’s could be approved for Sunday liquor sales

State Roundup, February 25, 2015

February 25th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan unveils plans to deal with growing heroin problem, reveals that cousin died of overdose and names Lt. Gov. Rutherford to head task force to create policy; 1 million Marylanders said to have no retirement savings; Del. Young seeks assessment of untested rape kits; Hogan’s chicken manure proposal has farmers, environmentalist clucking; repealing rain tax not as easy as some jurisdictions were hoping; new tobacco products shopping fees light fire under opponents; Hogan seeks unified voice in push for FB HQ; new Goucher poll finds Marylanders still undecided about Hogan; and one Cecil delegate proposes community college bill that the college didn't want

State Roundup, February 24, 2015

February 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate panel grills nominee for transportation secretary over Purple Line, delaying process for him, four other potential Cabinet members; Gov. Hogan issues chicken manure rules, including banning worst offenders; gun rights advocates hope to push through looser conceal-carry bill; task force urges state to create a private-sector retirement plan for some employees; U.S. Rep. Delaney joins some state lawmakers in urging help for Western Maryland; Sun editorial board urges Hogan administration to rescind attorney’s “executive privilege” advisory; and statewide politicos attend funeral of Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway Sr

State Roundup, February 23, 2015

February 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Purple Line bids delayed five months; attorney for Gov. Hogan tells agency heads to claim “executive privilege” on all internal correspondence; Maryland sees steep decline in federal funding for road repairs; increase in renewable energy goals is sought; bill to decriminalize marijuana gets lukewarm reception from committee; bill would raise penalties for assaulting a first responder; delegate seeks to pull speed cameras from work zones; and Hogan sends up 331 green bag appointments

State Roundup, February 20, 2015

February 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State offers workers $15,000 buyouts in attempt to save millions; Senate passes bill to raise maximum speed limit to 70 mph, but some still worried about deadly crashes; Baltimore City education backers protest state cuts to budget; proposed law would allow some legal infractions to be shielded from view; Carroll legislators want to expand Hogan proposal to shield service retirees from taxes; activists rally to remove governor from some parole decisions; Washington County GOP panel send one name to governor for Serafini’s seat; and Howard petitioners seek petition reform

State Roundup, February 19, 2015

February 19th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland Health Connection’s 2nd year enrollment figures are either better -- or worse -- than the first year; Gov. Hogan joins Obama administration officials in touting expanding charter school funding; attempt to offer bachelor’s degrees by College of Southern Maryland doesn’t sit well with some; legislation would allow citizens to seek attorneys fees in some suits against government; Sen. Raskin sponsors bill to curb unregulated campaign contributions; Board of Public Works questions spending proposals; Carroll plaintiffs appeal judge’s ruling in denial of stay in GOP Central Committee candidate search; and services set for the late Frank Conaway Sr

State Roundup, February 18, 2015

February 18th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s chief public defender seeks limits on caseloads, funds for more attorneys; homicide rate in Maryland prisons was triple national average, now has fallen; Gov. Hogan appoints veteran trooper to head Maryland State Police; Del. McKay seeks to cut corporate income tax rate for Washington, Allegany counties; expansion of needle exchange program is sought; state Dems backing President Obama on national immigration action; Lt. Gov. Brown could have won governor’s race with higher turnout, poll finds; and Baltimore County approves natural burial sites

State Roundup, February 17, 2015

February 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Sen. Raskin proposes constitutional amendment to end election of circuit court judges; tax credits proposed to draw manufacturers into Maryland; House subcommittee to address discrimination against interns; Senate Pres Miller’s policy agenda includes drunken driving, sexual harassment legislation; Washington County GOP Central Committee continues to vet candidates for Serafini’s House seat; and Senate honors Vietnam vets with a welcome home day

State Roundup, February 16, 2015

February 16th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Personal experiences likely to make Death with Dignity bill more compelling; poll finds that opposition to gambling grows with addition of casinos; twin pot legalization bills introduced in Senate, House of Delegates; with Gov. Hogan’s election comes hope for redistricting reform; state Transportation Department report says Hogan’s end to gas tax hikes would take $3 billion from projects while toll cuts would cut into maintenance projects; Hogan targets Medicaid spending; and longtime Baltimore City pol Frank Conaway Sr. dies at

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