State Roundup, June 2, 2017

After months of speculation about his health, House Speaker undergoes liver transplant; in deposition, former Gov. O’Malley admits gerrymandering to secure another Democratic congressional seat, emphasizes desire now for nonpartisan redistricting; state Sen. Oaks indicted on federal bribery and fraud counts; judge to hear case on temporary ban on issuing medical marijuana licenses; Gov. Hogan issues tepid criticism of President Trump over pulling U.S. out of worldwide climate accord, other Marylanders’ criticism more pointed; Jessup seafood market to get major facelift; U.S. Rep. Raskin agrees to delay political endorsements; and Berliner to run for Montgomery exec.

State Roundup, June 1, 2017

Following judge’s ruling, Secretary Rahn orders contractors to scale back pre-construction work, freeze hiring on Purple Line; Group fighting gerrymandering ask judge to block use of 6th Congressional District map during 2018 election; drug court sees victory over state’s opioid crisis as first responders battle new drug threat; Ben Jealous makes formal announcement for Democratic nomination for governor; Washington County employee claims commissioner sexually harassed her; and Greater Baltimore Committee urges city not to cut police budget.

State Roundup, May 31, 2017

State buys land to expand Port of Baltimore amid major growth; federal judge dismissed two environmental road blocks to the Purple Line as Attorney General goes after court-ordered redo of ridership estimates; Montgomery Council is first in state to set up fund for public financing of campaigns; after series of accidents, state pushes for boating safety; Ben Jealous to announce for governor today; protests of immigration bill precede hearing in Baltimore County; and aide to Mayor Pugh pleads guilty to election law violations.

State Roundup, May 30, 2017

State lawmakers unlikely to negotiate over redistricting reform; Gov. Hogan allows attorney general to challenge generic drug price gouging; Hogan vetoes bill to bar colleges from asking about criminal history of applicants; with wrangling over craft brewery laws in Maryland, Virginia tries to lure companies; Hogan considers beer bill flawed but allows it to become law anyway; Ben Jealous expected to announce for governor; Baltimore Mayor Pugh ponders fate of confederate statues; and Baltimore County Republicans push for illegal immigration action.

State Roundup, May 26, 2017

Saying he supports sick leave, Gov. Hogan vetoes sick leave bill, calling it “deeply flawed,” then sets up task force to study impact of sick leave on small businesses with possibility of new bill; but Hogan signs 209 bills into law, including those fighting state’s opioid and overdose crisis; judge temporarily puts state medical marijuana industry on hold after minority grower files suit; Attorney General Frosh pushes back after judge delays rulings on Purple Line case; and Rep. Cummings undergoes scheduled heart surgery.

State Roundup, May 25, 2017

Gov. Hogan set to sign 209 bills today, but sick leave, other measures aren’t among them; Purple Line still on Trump administration’s plate, but federal judge’s action may hinder its future; in new Trump budget, administration says clean water programs should be paid for by state, local governments, while it continues to cut programs for most vulnerable citizens; Commerce Department’s Preakness tent filled with state clients; attorney for accused rapist arrested after saying victim could be deported; June 26 primary could mean many changes in Montgomery’s political landscape; and interim Baltimore County schools super hopes job becomes permanent.

State Roundup, May 24, 2017

Maryland lawmakers express shock, concern over major cuts to federal budget proposal that slashes Chesapeake Bay, education, transportation, health and safety net programs but boosts military spending by $54 billion; Comptroller Franchot touts state craft breweries as he kicks off program to help them; 2,000 attend Maryland Party in Vegas; Arundel health officer takes temp job as state deputy health secretary; deadly drug mix found in Arundel as Harford first responders treating OD patient overcome by narcotic; and Baltimore County names interim schools superintendent.

State Roundup, May 23, 2017

Some Baltimore City waters are healthier, but harbor remains far from meeting “swimmable and fishable” goals by 2020; federal judge sends Purple Line back to FTA for new environmental study; MTA imperils workers with shortened city bus routes; 2nd medical marijuana grower to begin work; Comptroller Franchot to seek re-election; federal budget proposal targets “safety nets,” and groups file complaint against judge whose name appears on candidate’s fund-raising letter.

State Roundup, May 22, 2017

As the Preakness Stakes is run, the future of Pimlico remains top of mind; politicians and would-be politicians use the Preakness to rub shoulders; federal Sea Grant program that aids Chesapeake through college research faces an uncertain future; immigrants in Highlandtown help revitalize the area; politicians, developers flock to Vegas for annual Shopping Center conference; Gov. Hogan feted at Vegas fund-raiser; Del. Busch files for re-election; and, if elected, former lt. sheriff could be first female Arundel County sheriff.

State Roundup, May 19, 2017

Gov. Hogan, Secretary Gill tout state’s strong economy, growth in cybersecurity, biohealth and life sciences to 700 business leaders; fishery managers say curbs on harvesting female crabs likely; many criticize Hogan’s naming of ex-county exec Roger Hayden to Baltimore County school board, citing majority minority student population; all eyes on Pimlico’s future as Preakness Stakes ready to run; U.S. senators say Deputy Atty Gen Rosenstein knew FBI chief Comey would be fired before he wrote memo; and candidates line up to run for Anne Arundel Council.