State Roundup, February 23, 2018

State working to protect voting system against outside interference; House Republicans’ attempt to lower judges pay raises even more rejected; fight expected over giving micro-brewers more head room House OKs two bills on organ donations; Prince George’s senators hope to set up HBCU scholarships in honor of slain Bowie State student; Nick DiPasquale leaves Chesapeake Bay Program; gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Kamenetz hits the campaign trail with running mate Valerie Ervin; and Gov. Hogan files for re-election.

State Roundup, February 22, 2018

Fireworks expected during Friday’s House debate over proposed changes to new micro-breweries law; following alleged grade fixing, theft allegations, two bills would set up investigative offices to oversee schools; what seemed like a shoo-in bill regulating international election observers turned into a debate over Russian interference and Senate President Miller’s quashing the bill; House pulling together deal to fund Metro; contract awarded to set up service to allow 911 to receive texts; Gov. Hogan, Mayor Pugh tout city crime drop after sweeping arrests; and gubernatorial hopeful Kamenetz picks Montgomery pol Valerie Ervin as running mate.

State Roundup, February 21, 2018

Seven months after grandson’s murder, Del. Talmadge Branch urges lawmakers to expand Safe Streets program; House panel recommends cutting judicial pay raise proposal; bill would allow Marylanders to vote on making recreational marijuana legal; progressive coalition rallies for women’s economic, reproductive freedom; bill would raise penalty, fine for negligent accidents that cause life-threatening injuries; legislation would require voters to fill General Assembly vacancies; ACLU concerned about impact on First Amendment from cyberbullying bill; Transportation Secretary Rahn criticized over Baltimore Metro management; Goucher Poll finds majority of Marylanders know someone addicted to opioids; and gubernatorial candidate Baker hits the ground running after running mate announcement.

State Roundup, February 20, 2018

new Goucher Poll finds Gov. Hogan still retains strong support, but re-election is more iffy; legislation proposed to mandate health insurance at the state level; Del. Morhaim says supervised drug use facilities save lives, cut crime, get addicts into treatment; state senator proposes a tax holiday on college textbooks; a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on law and order package; following Florida shooting, some states looking at Maryland gun control laws; there’s no Maryland women in Congress, but now one is running for governor and four are running mates; Rushern Baker taps Elizabeth Embry as running mate; and

State Roundup, February 19, 2018

The Maryland Women’s Caucus released accounts of harassment in the legislature, makes recommendations to answer the problem; state’s expansion of contraception did not include state workers; environmentalists find loophole in state’s attempts to protect forests; ACLU negotiating settlement with Hogan administration over deleting of Facebook comments; William Kirwan disputes claim that education report won’t be released until after the election; Gov. Hogan frustrating Democrats by mirroring ideas, taking credit, critics say; lawmakers may be ready to change insulting wording of “Maryland, My Maryland;” it’s relatively easy to get on the statewide ballot in Maryland; delegate candidate’s gun raffle fundraiser draws protests following Florida school killings; and Democratic gubernatorial candidates Madaleno and Ross pick running mates.

State Roundup, February 16, 2018

Kirwan education panel comes out with preliminary report as lawmakers propose $33 million in education fixes; Gov. Hogan urges leaders of the U.S. Senate to kill a House spending provision that would strip the EPA of its authority over the Chesapeake Bay cleanup; new report finds Frederick sewage treatment plant along the Monocacy problematic; protesters circle Government House to oppose gas pipeline beneath the Potomac; House panel effectively kills sick leave law delay; gun rights protesters sue Capital police; Hogans tout Korean dishes in honor of Winter Olympics and Sen. Klausmeier leads Republican rival in new Democratic poll.

State Roundup, February 15, 2018

Gov. Hogan backing financial lockbox for school funding from casino revenues, but won’t seek constitutional amendment; women’s rights advocates sympathize with parents of slain pregnant woman but ask lawmakers to keep homicide law to just viable fetuses; after perpetrator of noose incident is found not guilty of a hate crime, Sen. Astle seeks to expand its definition; Del. Kipke pushes to give parents of addicted adult children ability to intercede; Baltimore Mayor Pugh won’t disband police force despite legislator’s suggestion; and gubernatorial hopeful Jim Shea picks running mate from Baltimore City council.

State Roundup, February 14, 2018

Baltimore City delegate suggests disbanding entire Baltimore City Police Department following federal corruption convictions, slew of guilty pleas; get a glimpse of the social calendar of Maryland lawmakers; judges defend large pay hike before Appropriations Committee; proposed legislation would ensure female inmates are fully supplied with tampons and pads; Del. Young proposes bill to even out the wage gap; Gov. Hogan declares “Year of Frederick Douglass,” announces new statewide tour of his life in Maryland; Del. Lam to run for retiring Sen. Kasemeyer’s seat; and Maryland senators call on Trump administration to protect authority within Consumer Protection Division.

State Roundup, February 13, 2018

The Trump administration is walking away from proposals to build new FBI headquarters in D.C. burbs; despite lobbyist-paid dinners, most legislators take 100% of per diem meal; Gov. Hogan set to sign bill to allow victims to terminate rapists’ parental rights today; 2nd Amendment advocates rally in Annapolis; Hogan, cabinet meet in Baltimore County, fan out to get to know voters; moderate Democrats are disappearing from the State House; and David Trone gets support from Rushern Baker in run for U.S. House.

State Roundup, February 12, 2018

Business owners scramble to address sick-leave law, which took effect Sunday following failure to delay implementation; Gov. Hogan signs executive order to formalize process for granting parole to juveniles given life sentences; Sen. Currie’s wife as his assistant highlights aging of state legislature; new legislation would curb small craft brewery sales; legislature considers how to compensate victims of rogue police officers; large pay hikes proposed for state’s 313 judges; bill to cut tackle football in children met with resistance; Baltimore City shuts entire Metro SubwayLink system for much needed repairs; charges dropped against 2nd Amendment picketers; and with opposition from shore towns, U.S. Rep. Harris also turns against Trump proposal for off-shore drilling.