State Roundup, November 30, 2018

Homeland Security finds that Maryland’s November election wasn’t breached; proposed bill would add regulations for new building in historic Ellicott City; concern over pollution of Baltimore trash burner grows among state, local lawmakers; Kirwan education panel hears from stakeholders in marathon meeting; Pittman reassures business; red Frederick County sees a mini blue wave; U.S. Rep. Raskin gets a leadership post in upcoming Democrat-controlled House; Prince George’s County Executive-elect Alsobrooks puts together her leadership team; outgoing state Sen. Richard Madaleno to become budget chief in Montgomery; Facebook posts lead to call for Arundel ed board hopeful to step away; and Howard County prosecutor will not pursue charges against register of wills.

State Roundup, November 29, 2018

Study finds stream restoration efforts alone cannot fix regional runoff problems; with record rains, Conowingo Dam opens gates, creating a potential hazard for boaters; Maryland to launch an urban dye farm; without strong Democratic party ties, Del.-elect Lily Qi used cultural ones to win election; Allan Kittleman named to state workers compensation panel; Frederick County develops General Assembly agenda; Arundel County-exec elect Pittman dismisses transition panelist after anti-Muslim FB posts; Howard County executive-elect Ball names transition team; portrait of outgoing Baltimore County Exec Don Mohler put on display; and outgoing Prince George’s County Executive Baker reflects on eight years in office.

State Roundup, November 28, 2018

President Trump tweets dismay over General Motors’ announced closing of plants including Maryland’s but Baltimore County officials upbeat about possibilities for empty facility; General Assembly members urge colleagues to embrace clean energy use as feds release new report on impact of climate change; Gov. Hogan again urges accountability measures in Kirwan commission recommendations; Baltimore City says it will sue Trump administration over immigration policy; Howard delegate expected to introduce legislation to change county school board elections; Sens. Jennings, Hershey retain Senate GOP leadership posts; outgoing Del. Tarlau to become a lobbyist, but a different type; Arundel County Exec-elect Steuart Pittman continues to form team; and U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger seeks answers in false “active shooter” lockdown at Walter Reed.

State Roundup, November 27, 2018

Gov. Hogan creates emergency redistricting commission to redraw 6th Congressional District; climate change report citing impact on Maryland; accrediting agency looking at College Park; commentaries on Baltimore-area transit and regional rail service; governor makes Baltimore County school board appointments; plastic bag fee in Howard County backed; Sens. Miller, Guzzone top funders of other Senate campaigns; Rep. Raskin’s role in the new Congress.

State Roundup, November 26, 2018

Early signs suggest a prolonged fight over redrawing Maryland’s congressional maps; Maryland’s medical marijuana industry sees soaring sales; Del. Moon stirs the pot over Old Bay Seasoning; cyberbullying, criminal justice reform for juveniles two issues expected to come up in 2019 Annapolis session; post-election, Gov. Hogan has $700,000 in coffers; Montgomery schools to tag protesting as excused absence; Arundel County Executive-elect Pittman eyes fee for Ethics Panel documents; Baltimore County Executive-elect Olszewki hires top staffer away from Senate President Miller; Baltimore County’s interim County Exec Don Mohler looks back on short, noteworthy tenure; Montgomery County women see setbacks in last election; and in celebrity news, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings officiates at wedding of ‘Morning Joe’ hosts.

State Roundup, November 21, 2018

The Hogan administration agrees to contract with 5,000 state workers, giving them 3% pay hike; population of market-sized oysters half of numbers in 1999; details of Maryland’s offer for Amazon HQ2 revealed; as KKK flyers spotted around state, faith leaders decry message; Judge Fader tapped to head Court of Special Appeals; Glen Burnie principal charged with stealing campaign funds from late Del. Sonny Minnick; state GOP official says recount over Del. Tony McConkey’s loss is unlikely; Major Riddick to aid in Angela Alsobrook’s transition as Prince George’s executive; and Nancy Floreen’s fund-raising stayed strong.

State Roundup, November 20, 2018

Dem lawmakers in General Assembly to introduce health care mandate, with penalties, but penalties to be used to pay for coverage; new, controversial study says warm winters, not overharvesting, caused decline in Bay oyster population; as hunting declines, Maryland touts the practice to protect environment, control herds; former UM Coach Durkin says UM President Loh was reluctant to make players available for questioning; environmentalists protest natural-gas pipeline planned to go under the Potomac in Western Maryland; no Marylander has ever won the presidency, but that isn’t stopping at least four Marylanders from considering it; Montgomery delegation to the General Assembly, with the help of constituents, begins compiling agenda for next session; and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi gets backing as House Speaker from two reps from Montgomery.

State Roundup, November 19, 2018

Despite Maryland law, national cannabis firms attempt to move in to buy area firms; under new ‘red flag’ law, 114 requests to disarm occurred in October, most from family members; heavy rainfalls haven’t harmed Maryland, Virginia striped bass; Democrat Heather Bagnall beats incumbent Republican Del. Tony McConkey in red Arundel district; Maryland’s former ‘Bahama Bob,’ now Calif. Rep. Eric Swalwell considers run for president; former Montgomery County economic development official pleads guilty to embezzling $6.7 million; and Prince George’s County Exec Baker’s trip to S. Africa questioned.

State Roundup, November 16, 2018

State lawmakers grill, admonish UM chancellor, new head of regents over transparency, overreach over Coach Durkin decision as Chancellor Loh says he warned them of pushback over retaining Durkin; while on leave, Durkin still coached assistants, aided with game plans; Attorney General Brian Frosh to appeal gerrymander order, saying Supreme Court should decide what, if any, steps should be taken; Maryland state government expected to see large surplus in FY 2020; group of women warned top University of Maryland, Baltimore officials of doctors inappropriate sexual relationships, “hostile work environment;” and Montgomery County plans to sue FCC to secure 5G wireless service..

State Roundup, November 15, 2018

Researchers find that releasing geriatric prisoners could save millions without compromising public safety; Maryland’s Department of General Services settles ACLU lawsuit by allowing financial solicitations on Lawyers’ Mall, paying out $100,000 to compensate groups; Board of Public Works complains about election night glitches that delayed results; Harford Republican Del. Glass behind by 100 votes to Democrat Steve Johnson; Howard County Executive-elect Calvin Ball reconsiders Kittleman plan to raze Ellicott City buildings in flood mitigation attempt; Democratic Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman flipped conservative districts to win; and Capital Gazette staff seeks to unionize.