State Roundup, December 18, 2017

Del. Dumais upbeat about the chances of her bill to terminate parental rights of sex assailant; Maryland DNR picks two waterways to expand oyster sanctuary program, Severn River not one; supporters think 2018 a year for legalizing sports betting; in its first year, MGM Grand deemed a success; who are the 25 highest paid lobbyists and some of their clients? Virginia proposes tax to fund Metro, contingent on D.C., Maryland commit to funding; businesswoman Tammy Darvish mulls run for Montgomery exec; protesters expected to ask Arundel council chair Peroutka to resign; and broader ethics coverage sought in Washington County.

State Roundup, December 15, 2017

While Arundel judge orders state to pay two appointees of Gov. Hogan, Attorney General’s office files an appeal; aide to Sen. Mike Miller named to replace Warren Deschenaux as head of legislative services; polluting Baltimore trash incinerator also given state subsidies from program to promote green energy; two environmental groups say Exelon could help clean waterways and still make a profit by changing how it generates electricity; 12 more dispensaries get OK to sell medical marijuana even as supplies remain low; and differences seen as slight during Democratic gubernatorial candidates forum.

State Roundup, December 14, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan seeks to expand tax credit program for job-creating businesses beyond the manufacturing sector; whistleblower says Johns Hopkins Hospital System has been violating revenue agreement with state by favoring out-of-state patients; judges who order inmates into mental health treatment ask lawmakers to clarify acceptable wait times; Hogan to seek non-partisan redistricting process again; crime takes center stage in political arena; two environmental groups announce their General Assembly endorsements; two Libertarians join U.S. House race hoping to unseat incumbents Brown and Hoyer; and Hogan calls fellow Republican Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama no surprise.

State Roundup, December 13, 2017

Legislative Policy Committee OKs updates to tracking harassment complaints against state lawmakers; Gov. Hogan urges Congress to continue federal child health care insurance; state extends ACA enrollment period by a week; Prince George’s NAACP asks Hogan to intervene on over school grades controversy, seek to pull County Exec Baker’s authority over superintendent; Washington County Commissioners seeks state caution over TransCanada pipeline; Harford sheriff pushes legislation to allow person to be armed in church; matching funds for state campaign is just enough for one, and it’s already been claimed; and Montgomery County sues opioid drug makers and distributors.

State Roundup, December 12, 2017

General Assembly to begin tracking sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers, staff; Del. Morhaim, relating concerns from small business constituents, says override of Gov. Hogan’s sick leave bill veto may be delayed; state asks judge to vacate her decision on disparities in college offerings; opioid deaths on the rise in Anne Arundel County; Hogan says his action on Baltimore City crime should not be taken as a criticism of how mayor, police are going their jobs; Montgomery County Council expected to take up issue of deportation protection of long-time residents; and U.S. Attorney General Sessions in Baltimore to address international gangs, immigration enforcement.

State Roundup, December 11, 2017

Supreme Court to hear Maryland’s gerrymandering case; state housing department plans energy efficiency upgrades to 14,000 low-income residences; Maryland lawmakers cautious, optimistic on resolution to FB headquarters stalemate; Mongtomery schools continue to seek calendar flexibility from the state; Del. Frush won’t seek re-election to co-chair panel for gubernatorial candidate Baker; six Montgomery County exec candidates appear before multi-ethnic minority forum: All are white and one causes a kerfuffle; Arundel Dems seek Council Chair Peroutka’s resignation; and Marylanders weigh in on President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration.

State Roundup, December 8, 2017

While state legislators tout paper mill waste as source for renewable energy, environmentalists say it’s not clean; Speaker Busch speculates on moving liquor oversight out of comptroller’s office; Del. McKay says its time to restore adult dental care to Medicaid coverage; disability advocates see harm in state’s restrictive use of prisoner cell lockup; as state prepares to open new water access area, some question the cost; Hagerstown Councilman Corderman nominated to vacant House of Delegates seat; Sen. Madaleno opts for public financing of gubernatorial primary campaign; and in 6th congressional race, what will former Del. Mossburg do?

State Roundup, December 7, 2017

Health care experts warn state commission on effects of losing individual mandate on Maryland residents; Gov. Hogan taps Carroll State’s Attorney to lead anti-gang campaign; U.S. Rep. Cummings offers whistleblower account of Trump adviser-Russia ties; two Maryland lawmakers arrested during D.C. protest of change in policy on undocumented workers; independent political group hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Cardin; Frederick County schools ask its delegation to help find ways to free schools from Hogan’s calendar mandate; Attorney General Frosh backs Rushern Baker for governor; Arundel Exec Schuh asks Roy Moore camp to return $1,000 donation; and Mayor Pugh touts multi-agency progress to end violence in Baltimore City as she spars with governor over effectiveness of their efforts.

State Roundup, December 6, 2017

As congressional Republicans battle over funding measures, Marylanders continue to be at the front line of any fallout from budget cuts, government shutdown; state Health Benefit Exchange makes concerted push for more enrollment as deadline nears; Virginia Gov. McAuliffe calls on Maryland, D.C. to help Metro; Gov. Hogan unveils tough on crime plan to fight Baltimore violence, without Baltimore represented and meanwhile, Mayor Pugh hopes to bring anti-violence youth program to Baltimore but needs state aid; with few dispensaries open, medical marijuana in short supply; gubernatorial candidate Jealous, U.S. Sen. Sanders to announce Maryland Medicare-for-all plan; state asked to intercede in Baltimore County school purchasing audit; and Montgomery County declares a climate emergency.

State Roundup, December 5, 2017

Gov. Hogan expected to introduce proposal to curb violent crime in Baltimore City; House, Senate tax plans take away federal deduction for state, local income taxes. heavily impacting Maryland taxpayers; Republican Virginia representative to introduce bill to hike funding for Metro; Supreme Court to discuss Maryland’s gerrymander case on Friday; Mongtomery County preps for $120 million budget shortfall; Baltimore City Council President Young heads to D.C. to push for tighter gun controls; and Gavin Buckley sworn in as mayor of Annapolis.