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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.