State Roundup, February 1, 2016

Legislators begin to tackle Bay Bridge expansion project; bill would allow cameras in some courtrooms; pesticide law could help decimated bee populations; new paper ballot system is ready, but will Maryland voters be?; Chris Shank named deputy chief of staff; Gov. Hogan to deliver 2nd State of State on Wednesday; Senate President Miller continues to urge Hogan to appoint Del. Zucker to Senate; Baltimore City lawmakers back plan to offer property tax credits to first responders; Del. McDonough files to run for U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger’s seat; Matthews brings in the money in 8th Congressional District race while another candidate tells a very personal story; after Hogan expresses lack of support, Spong resigns as Washington County Commissioner; and President Obama to visit Baltimore County mosque.

State Roundup, January 29, 2016

University projects would be delayed as Gov. Hogan pushes ahead with plans to tear down, replace Baltimore City jail; Hogan’s fiscal plans won’t impact state K-12 funding formulas; conservative, liberal team up to push for live streaming of committee votes; legislation would curb judicial discretion over sentencing reductions; DJ Casey Kasem’s daughter testifies for bill to ensure family visitation rights to ill relatives; new Dem 8th District Congressional candidate Trone donated lots to out-of-state Republicans; and Kathleen Matthews big on fund-raising.

State Roundup, January 28, 2016

Education bills of all sorts are burbling to the top in Annapolis with Gov. Hogan seeking tax credits for those who donate to schools, school construction funds being handed out, Hogan proposing college scholarships for those graduating high school early, improvements sought in the school system that caters to juvenile offenders and measures being undertaken to ensure that Morgan State stays independent from USM; in other news, the Board of Public Works decides to hire outside lawyers to represent Maryland in seeking to recover cleanup costs from oil companies; Hogan seeks legislators to sponsor several of his bills; Arundel Dem Central Committee seeks probe into School Board Nominating Commission; and David Trone announces run for U.S. House.

State Roundup, January 27, 2016

The Hogan administration seeks nonpartisan redistricting panel, hopes to attack state’s growing opioid addiction problem; Senate Pres Miller, House Speaker Busch push for funding for teaching hospital in Prince George’s; meanwhile, dozens of low-level Springfield hospital workers wonder why they will be laid off in favor of privatization; Miller urges Hogan to fill empty Senate seat; and some are duds, some are heroes as jurisdictions come in for scrutiny over snow removal.

State Roundup, January 26, 2016

While the blizzard continues to dominate the headlines, Senate Pres Mike Miller in Annapolis on Monday, says he expects a battle over Gov Hogan's budget; and the Maryland Judiciary says it needs more judgeships to meet demand; Now, back to the snows: while who gets plowed first has always been a treacherous road to go down politically, Howard Exec Kittleman gives the early nod to Lt. Gov. Rutherford’s road; if it hadn’t been for the DGS, lawmakers would have had a dangerous time on Monday night; cleanup costs are expected to run into the millions; in other political news: former Salisbury mayor Ireton hopes to challenge U.S. Rep. Harris; wine merchant Trone considers 8th Congressional district seat; and former ER doc Plaster stumps for the 3rd.

State Roundup, January 25, 2016

Now that the blizzard is over, Maryland will seek federal disaster aid as the cleanup continues throughout the state and crews work to restore power to those who lost it; meanwhile, many government offices are closed as roads continue to get plowed, but the General Assembly will still kick into gear later today; Dems expected to wrangle over Hogan’ budget; Montgomery delegate introduces legislation to encourage STEM studies; Harford sheriff backs end to handgun license fee; seven state lawmakers hope to make the jump to Capitol Hill, including Del. McDonough, who hopes to oust U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger; former Lt. Gov. Brown -- who is also running for Congress -- is chipping away at gubernatorial campaign debt; and civil trial of John Leopold postponed by snows.

State Roundup, January 22, 2016

Gov. Hogan declares a state of emergency as Maryland braces for a blizzard starting later today; meanwhile Democrats overturn Hogan’s 2015 vetoes to decriminalize possession of pot paraphernalia and restore rehab funding to Annapolis art center. But a vote on giving voting rights to ex-felons upon jail release is delayed awaiting new Montgomery senator; Montgomery Dems back Del. Zucker for Senate seat; Hogan’s budgeted higher education funding getting mixed reviews; one year into a four-year term, and Hogan hints at seeking a second term; and former news anchor Jack Bowden dies.

State Roundup, January 21, 2016

Gov. Hogan unveils $42.3 billion spending plan that includes tax cuts, outsourcing and adding to the rainy day fund; down the street, House lawmakers override three Hogan vetoes from last year including giving ex-felons right to vote upon release; justice reform panel pushes legislation for treatment for non-violent drug users; businesses continue to advocate for Angel Investor Tax Credit; Washington Post editorial board calls for end to Montgomery County liquor system; Hogan to celebrate one-year anniversary of inauguration; In race for Baltimore mayor, Sen. Pugh fundraising leads Dixon; and as BPW gets ready to allow state funding of school air conditioners; Baltimore County school board steps in with $10 million.

State Roundup, January 20, 2016

House of Delegates buck Senate move, plan to push for override of Hogan veto on tax for online hotel booking; parties cross aisle to seek reform on police asset seizures; bill to protect minors from salacious magazine covers draws fire for redundancy, vagueness; few lawmakers showing interest in regulating online fantasy sports betting; state may fund portable air conditioners for schools; General Assembly may address school overtesting this year, after all; three animal welfare bills introduced; Washington County commissioner under Senate scrutiny after perceived sexist, racist postings; and as Democratic candidates for Baltimore City mayor debate, former WBAL-AM anchor Alan Walden files for seat as a Republican.

State Roundup, January 19, 2016

New Gonzales poll gives Gov. Hogan higher marks than last two predecessors; advocates push to override Hogan veto, seek to give ex-felons voting rights on release; dozens brave the chill to protest police brutality, remember its victims; Senate President Miller says commercial fantasy sports sites are illegal in Maryland; Hogan announces 3-year, $1.5 million business-touting venture with Pride of Baltimore II; jurisdictions seek more circuit judges; Gonzales poll finds Edwards-Van Hollen Senate race a tight one; and politicians remember Prince George’s activist killed in car accident.