State Roundup, May 17, 2016

Two legislators, student supporters urge Gov. Hogan to sign bill to provide tax credit for those with student loan debt above $20,000; state elections officials work behind closed doors as they check for Baltimore City voting irregularities; three Maryland school administrators OK with Obama bathroom-gender directive; insurance navigators finding it more difficult to locate pockets of uninsured; Baltimore City’s congressional delegation targets opioid abuse in House package; U.S. Senate confirms District judge; and Supreme Court declines to hear Baltimore County nuns’ case on Obama birth control issue.

State Roundup, May 16, 2016

New progressive lawmakers in Annapolis hope to nudge Democrats left; new Maryland law expected to raise awareness about unlicensed child care facilities, provide better enforcement; as GOP moves right, Citizens United head takes over as Maryland GOP national committeeman; also at Annapolis GOP meeting, not every Republican is rallying around Trump; law firm sets sights on helping new medical marijuana businesses in Maryland; Baltimore City voters feel less confident in voting system; and Arundel resolution has some worried about limiting government transparency.

State Roundup, May 13, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces announces another round of fee cuts without legislative approval -- this worth $60 million over five years; state Board of Elections decertifies Baltimore City elections after finding number of votes higher than voter check-off; in the politic governing school air conditioning, Hogan pleased with resignation of head of school construction panel; NAACP hopeful after state panel finds that Talbot council violated open meetings law over Talbot Boys statue discussion; Prince George’s residents file complaint against state over power plant OK; and 39-year-old three-term mayor of District Heights dies.

State Roundup, May 12, 2016

In escalating fight over air conditioning BPW withholds millions from Baltimore City, County schools prompting resignation of head of school construction panel; federal appeals court hears case challenging state ban on assault weapons; new DNR regs stop Bel Air tradition of frog-jumping contest, turtle derby on July 4th; Congress takes up issues surrounding corporate fantasy sports games; Sens. Mikulski, Cardin challenge OC FEMA flood mapping; Sheila Dixon won’t seek vote recount in Baltimore City mayor’s race; Mikulski meets with Supreme Court nominee, considers Clinton White House.

State Roundup, May 11, 2016

Board of Public Works set to OK controversial policy allowing funds for portable classroom air conditioners; ; Gov. Hogan hires Robert Neall to reorganize state government; Hogan signs 196 bills into law including: more insurance coverage for contraception, a study to see the effect of therapy dogs on child witnesses in court, a Lyme disease warning will now be issued even to those who test negative and a new license for those wanting to specialize in blow-drying; 76 legislators back state accepting Syrian refugees; and tax cut discussion dead for this year as Hogan nixes special session.

State Roundup, May 10, 2016

Gov. Hogan expected to sign bill to expand insurance coverage for reproductive care; state MVA rolls out $3.5 million redesign of Maryland IDs that guard against identity theft, counterfeiting; Maryland panel finds Talbot County Council violated Open Meetings Law; four members of Arundel School Board Nominating Commission sue state over new law changing its appointment process; and Catherine Pugh’s win in Democratic primary for Baltimore City mayor upheld.

State Roundup, May 9, 2016

Despite recount still in Catherine Pugh’s favor, Baltimore City mayoral candidate Sheila Dixon not ready to concede; outgoing Mayor Rawlings-Blake vetoes legislation gutting power of Baltimore City mayor; Republican delegate expects tax discussion, paid sick leave bill to return to Annapolis; economic zones could boost Western Maryland; new state ombudsman hopeful over resolving public records disputes; Republican Senate candidate Szeliga pushing against conventional wisdom; and new city school chief hopeful on addressing problems.

State Roundup, May 6, 2016

Baltimore City primary results expected to be in today; gaming device distributor challenges state over regulations; condo association challenges planned construction, citing illegal campaign contributions; with Donald Trump as the likely GOP prez nominee, Gov. Hogan says he still won’t endorse; state Democrats say there is a resurgence of interest in party in Western, Southern Maryland; and former Gov. O’Malley to chair urban education advisory board.

State Roundup, May 5, 2016

Maryland is on track to meeting the new federal clean air standards; in Baltimore City mayoral ballot count, Dixon gains on Pugh, but Push still leads; Gov. Hogan reports receiving gifts worth $1 to $500; state Del. Szeliga hopeful in Senate race against Van Hollen; Hogan marked as one of Silent 9 governors over support for Trump for president; Ben Carson to help vet possible veeps for Trump; and state Sen. Pugh still leads in mayoral race as final count continues.

State Roundup, May 4, 2016

Former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon ponders challenging Catherine Pugh victory for mayor, cites irregularities and wants Gov. Hogan to intercede as activists also call for halt to election certification; Emily’s List lost big time in three Maryland races: Edwards for U.S. Senate and Matthews, Pena-Melnyk for House; underwater grasses make a comeback, signalling healthy Maryland waters; Hogan says he’s committed to BWI airport growth; and Gregory Thornton out as Baltimore City schools chief.