State Roundup, March 9, 2017

House on track to ban fracking, but Senate action more iffy; advocates seek to raise funding to Planned Parenthood as national conservatives target women’s health organization; bill would treat antique firearms like new ones; state official says he’ll return developmentally disabled kids to Maryland for care; bill would streamline health inspections for cross-county food trucks; Women’s Caucus attracts many on International Women’s Day; former delegate indicted in bribery scheme; Sen. Madaleno considers run for governor; and U.S. Rep. Cummings hopeful after he talks drug pricing with President Trump.

State Roundup, March 8, 2017

Hogan school board nominee withdraws; Maryland Dems to support legislation to help Planned Parenthood should federal cuts take place. They plan rally in Annapolis today; millionaire business owners lobby for $15 an hour minimum wage; lawmakers question contract with controversial Massachusetts youth facility; Senate follows House in OKing extension of energy program; Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein grilled on Russian action as nominee to No. 2 Justice spot; advocates worry that ACA replacement will drop 400,000 in Maryland from health coverage; and U.S. Rep. Cummings and President Trump to meet today on drug prices; AA county exec Schuh gets challenger.

State Roundup, March 7, 2017

Descendants of Justice Taney, slave Dred Scott meet in unity at State House; Judiciary panel expected to take up bail reform; Guinness, local breweries forge alliance in push to sell more beer in taprooms; Senate committee questions Hogan nominee to state ed board on failure to pay taxes, traffic offenses, then delays action; State Center developer seeks meeting with Gov. Hogan; tech entrepreneur said to be considering run for governor; Horseshoe Casino take continues to dim; Marylanders speak out on new Trump Muslim ban; and Montgomery County sets aside funds to beef up security at Jewish centers.

State Roundup, March 6, 2017

Del. Morhaim formally reprimanded by House following 138-0 vote and investigation into ties as medical marijuana advocate and paid consultant for related company; meanwhile bill would make recreational marijuana use legal; Senate OKs Gov. Hogan’s bill to fight sex trafficking; Gov. Hogan calls for redistricting reform; bill would make “open-carry” of alcohol a civil offense; House panel kills Hogan bill on charter schools; Baltimore City lawmakers likely to drop attempt to take back control of police force, citing expense; and Howard County Council members consider override of County Exec Kittleman’s veto of safe county bill.

State Roundup, March 3, 2017

State Senate revives bill to reinstate O’Malley septic rule; Gov. Hogan pollution credit bill gets watered down, passed unanimously in Senate; ethics panel finds Del. Morhaim acted improperly in marijuana law/dispensary controversy. He issues an apology; in time of Trump, State House dems move to rescind calls for constitutional convention; Hogan, ‘House of Cards’ actor issue addiction-help PSAs; Attorney General Frosh asks feds to declare hospitals, schools, courts safe from immigration raids; Bay advocates fear 93% cut in federal program; and Kathleen Matthews named interim chair of state Dems.

State Roundup, March 2, 2017

Gov. Hogan declares state of emergency over state’s opioid death problem, hopes to bring together jurisdictions to fight it; Hogan also accuses Del. Morhaim of “trying to legalize heroin” after delegate introduces “safe spaces” bill. Morhaim futilely demands an apology; the House of Delegates gives a preliminary OK to paid sick leave bill; Hogan slams Baltimore City schools spending while advocates slam back over failed casino funds promise; as Hogan condemns threats against Jewish institutions, congressional delegation calls for a probe; U.S. Rep. Cummings urges Sessions to resign after latest Russia revelation; and another Montgomery Council member announces for county exec.

State Roundup, March 1, 2017

House OKs limits on school testing; opioid overdose deaths now rank among top killers in Maryland; Del. Morhaim introduces bill to allow safe places for drug injections; defense attorneys balk at allowing past sex offenses to be evidence; fracking ban gets hearing; Senate rejects law that would allow students to opt out of dissecting; Senate Pres Miller has slight health scare; and former NAACP chief Benjamin Jealous considers running for governor.

State Roundup, February 28, 2017

Immigrant activists march to draw attention to legislation to limit local governments’ ability to aid federal immigration enforcement; bill would prevent colleges from asking applicants about their criminal past; craft brewers concerned about Guinness legislation; bill with Sen. Oaks’ name on it wasn’t sponsored by Oaks; legislation would allow students to opt out of dissecting animals; two years after appointment, Gov. Hogan’s lottery nominee finally approved; HBCUs lobby White House for support; and bomb threats hit Jewish centers, schools in state.

State Roundup, February 27, 2017

The General Assembly session hits the half-way mark; in response to attorney general’s statement on cash-bail legality, judges and court commissioners requiring fewer defendants to post money; Frederick Douglass descendant backs State House statue; while hotel corporations ask lawmakers to tax Airbnbs, hosts tell their stories; lockable prescription bottle bill draws opposition; Goucher poll finds Gov. Hogan’s high approval rating takes a slight dip; Senate President Miller defends Sen. Zirkin’s integrity; Angela Gibson sworn in as delegate; and fear in immigrant communities imperiling local businesses.

State Roundup, February 24, 2017

Senate unanimously passes bills to aid rape victims; House panel sends sick leave bill to full chamber; bill preventing local jurisdictions from raising minimum wage slated to die in committee; Gov. Hogan’s legislative agenda gets a hearing; hundreds of mental health, substance abuse treatment advocates rally for legislation before Senate committee sends it on with changes; Sen. Zirkin “insulted” over judge’s remarks; Attorney General Frosh says he has no plans to sue federal government; U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger holds town hall meeting; after U.S. Rep. Harris a no-show at meeting and says he won’t hold face-to-faces, he says he will hold one in March; and Westminster alumni to rally over pulled posters.