State Roundup, April 21, 2017

Larry Hogan Sr., Nixon-era congressman, former Prince George’s county exec and father of current governor, dies at 88; Gov. Hogan’s criticism of Purple Line judge shy on truth; Metro GM’s plan to save regional transit system draws good response from some, criticism from union; Anne Arundel County sets up 24-hour safe spaces for drug addicts to seek help; Montgomery County candidates flock to public financing; hate-crime charge dropped in political sign-burning; and Sinclair talk of buying Trib Media heats up again.

State Roundup, April 20, 2017

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus sees mixed outcomes for its agenda; chance of special session to deal with medical marijuana dims; Gov. Hogan announces work on crowded I-270 set for the fall; Hogan says judge who delayed Purple Line has a conflict of interest; new regulations make it easier to recruit former pot smokers into police ranks; Baltimore County school board to begin search for new super as it bemoans loss of Dallas Dance; Baltimore County exec, Republican council members face off over involvement in immigration enforcement; and proposal to save Metro eyes unions, local government funds.

State Roundup, April 19, 2017

Baltimore County schools chief Dance quits as second term gets under way; Senate Pres Miller says if a special session is held, lawmakers will consider bill to strip parental rights from rapists; Gov. Larry Hogan signs more than 200 bills into law, including ones to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and to extend tax benefits to first responders; conservative group threatens to suit the state over un-purged Montgomery voter logs; political commentator Laslo Boyd says Hogan is not unbeatable; two face hate crime, arson charges in burning of Trump campaign sign; and

State Roundup, April 17, 2017

Women legislators call group of five men considering law governing parental rights of rapists “tone deaf;”1,200 sign up for medical marijuana in initial rollout of program; Maryland’s new law allowing attorney general to go after generic drug price gouging may have national impact; lawmakers give attorney general new powers; definition of rape gets broadened in bill expecting governor’s signature; Arundel, Carroll and Washington counties see different outcomes after legislative session; Dems crowd field hoping to make Larry Hogan a one-term Republican governor; and progressives make a comeback in Anne Arundel.

State Roundup, April 14, 2017

Insurance commissioner accused of campaign law violation; Sun editorial board urges Comptroller Franchot to start from scratch on liquor laws overhaul; Montgomery County sees cure for empty office parks in state grant program for business relocation, expansion; judiciary rule on bail alternatives will take effect July 1; as next election nears, Gov. Hogan manages well attempts to tie him to President Trump; Sen. Van Hollen seeks sponsors for bill on protecting airline passengers from ejection; and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, once a conservative bastion, is leaning left.

State Roundup, April 13, 2017

As Black Caucus seeks short special session to finish medical marijuana bill, top lawmakers at odds over chance for deal; Gov. Hogan reappoints two embattled former nominees after they failed to make it through the confirmation process; 2017 legislative session could be considered Hogan’s best yet, report Post and Sun; Baltimore City Mayor Pugh touts successes during session including school construction funding; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz lauds Guinness brewery expansion, drug price gouging bills; Montgomery County may finally see privately owned liquor stores; complaint filed over email touting Hogan fundraiser; and longtime public servant Jervis Finney dies.

State Roundup, April 11, 2017

Gov. Hogan, pleased with the legislative session, plans to sign 100 bills into law today, including ethics reform and tax breaks for manufacturing firms; to everyone’s surprise, Sen. Oaks shows up for sine die; package of bills passed to tackling state’s ongoing heroin crisis; attempts to reform, expand medical marijuana laws fail; Trust Act also goes down; bill passes to curb price gouging by generic drug companies; legislation passes to cap hours spent on standardized testing; sine die Seder comes off without a hitch; and Comptroller Franchot to mount effort to reform state’s alcohol laws, spur craft brewery industry.

State Roundup, April 10, 2017

Sen. Nathaniel Oaks charged with accepting cash for influencing real estate project in FBI sting; General Assembly makes major updates to ethics rules for the first time in 10 years; lawmakers reach deal to allow breweries to sell more beer in taprooms, stay open later; end-of-session fight expected on medical marijuana licenses; bill to offer safety net to Planned Parenthood becomes law; bill to allow pharmacists to issue birth control pills goes to Gov. Hogan’s desk; few Maryland jurisdictions apply for funds to clear rape kit backlog; Mayor Pugh gets oversight on city board of ed; and Rushern Baker sounds like he’s running for governor.

State Roundup, April 7, 2017

Hogan allows 15 bills to pass into law with his signature, without a veto fight. Included are bills to ensure funding for Planned Parenthood and to prevent oyster harvest in specific areas. But his veto of Protect Our Schools Act is overturned; bill to prevent marriages of those under 16 met with some skepticism; bill to curb suspensions of youngsters expected to get final OK today; top Dem operative aiding Ben Jealous as he ponders run for governor; Fraser Smith retires from WYPR-FM; and U.S. Rep. Cummings says Pres Trump got it wrong.

State Roundup, April 6, 2017

With Gov. Hogan’s promise to veto, General Assembly passes controversial paid sick leave bill; lawmakers seek expansion of medical marijuana growers, while wrangling over just who should be allowed; Hogan vetoes bill setting standards on identifying low-performing schools, limiting state intervention as lawmakers vow to overturn it; lawmakers to take a break on sine die for Passover Seder; new Arundel poll gives Hogan strong marks, Pres Trump not so much; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz signs order stopping county cops from asking immigrant status; and former Judge Chasanow remembered.