State Roundup, October 2, 2017

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are helping Maryland officials develop evacuation plans in case of Category 4 cyclones; Black Caucus hopes to quickly get bill passed expanding medical marijuana industry; judge refuses to block law allowing state to challenge generic drug price-gouging; ban on fracking among laws that took effect Oct. 1; as two black men seek to become Maryland governor, some Democrats worry about splitting the all-important black vote; President Trump seeks to dismiss Maryland-D.C. Lawsuit over his profiting over position; and Baltimore City asks the state to lower limits on smog-producing, asthma-inducing nitrogen oxide.

State Roundup, September 29, 2017

Dozens of laws take effect in Maryland on Sunday; judge holds acting Health secretary, others in contempt for not moving needy inmates to psychiatric beds quickly enough; Howard County joins list of Maryland jurisdictions seeking Amazon HQ2 as Montgomery finishes its pitch; Russians attempted to foment strife in Baltimore with Facebook ads; emails give insight into reaction of Maryland politicians to U.S. Rep. Delaney’s bid for the presidency; and U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin has a very bad week with words.

State Roundup, September 28, 2017

Gov. Hogan directs Attorney General Frosh to sue EPA over interstate air pollution, second time in a month governor sues Trump administration; as Congress ponders budget cuts, policy shifts, Chesapeake Bay’s health more imperiled; state audit of Health Department find compliance and accountability levels unsatisfactory; a slew of laws take effect on Sunday; feds indict former IT Secretary in O’Malley administration on bribery charges; congressmen work to delay defunding of Fort Detrick laboratory; Arundel Councilman Peroutka takes stage with controversial Alabaman Roy Moore after his primary victory; and former Rockville Mayor Krasnow mulls run for Montgomery exec.

State Roundup, September 27, 2017

Howard County joins ranks of Maryland jurisdictions to pitch for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters; paid sick leave advocates vow to return to state legislature to overturn Gov. Hogan’s veto of 2017 bill; legislative panel hears how safe drug use spaces can save money, lives; amid soaring temperatures, a number of Baltimore City schools still don’t have air conditioning; after heart surgery, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings returns to Capitol Hill; Republicans set sights on Baltimore County exec, council spots; ex-Arundel prosecutor to challenge state’s attorney who fired her; and former Baltimorean considered as next ambassador to France.

State Roundup, September 26, 2017

Goucher Poll sees no clear front runner in Dem primary for governor, although former Atty Gen Gansler, who isn’t running, gets the most support as majority of state Dems polled hope for a more progressive candidate; Gov. Hogan heads to Canada on DC-VA-MD trade mission; Maryland students’ SAT score fall just above the national average; Hogan’s redistricting reform panel meets; state Insurance Commissioner Redmer sees no conflict in continuing state work while running for Baltimore County exec; and Allegany commissioners consider county workforce reductions.

State Roundup, September 25, 2017

Latest Goucher Poll show Hogan still popular but slightly faltering with Maryland voters; in an attempt to get them paid, Gov. Hogan reassigns acting Planning Secty Peters, gives new role to Health Secty Schrader; small, immigrant-owned businesses along Purple Line path imperiled; 2013 mass transit law helped push through roads plan without General Assembly input; Arundel Health System joins movement to fix opioid problem hospitals helped create; Insurance Commish Al Redmer, Del. Pat McDonough both announce their runs for Republican nomination for Baltimore County executive; ex-Baltimore County school super Dance subject of state probe; and Montgomery County to join bid for Amazon HQ2.

State Roundup, September 22, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan announces $9 billion plan to widen Capital Beltway, I-270, B-W Parkway as public-private partnership that would include dedicated toll lanes; environmental, smart growth and transit advocates urge Hogan to look for alternatives while business groups praise the plan; two county executives ask state to sue over BWI noise; Maryland man seeks to overturn state law banning felons from owning firearms; “super-regional” business group says Richmond-to-Baltimore economy is weak; Chevy Chase to pay Purple Line advocacy group $92,000 as per judge’s order; comptroller candidate Phukan recovering from surgery; Heather Sinclair seeks Sen. Hershey’s seat; and enviros challenge $1.6B plan to fix Baltimore sewage overflows.

State Roundup, September 21, 2017

State sales tax receipts drop amid less buying, as Board of Revenue Estimates approves $53 million write-down; study finds Marylanders pessimistic on race relations; in a surprise move, House Majority Leader Frick pulls out of congressional race to run for Montgomery County exec; Gov. Hogan schedules Montgomery announcement during Rosh Hashanah, disappointing many Jewish lawmakers; Renee Foose declines state education job soon after it was offered; state to offer $5,000 bonuses to get more corrections officers; Hogan & Hogan at “mystery dinner;” young Democrats in Prince George’s line up to challenge State House incumbents; and in Annapolis mayor’s race, its Pantelides vs. Buckley.

State Roundup, September 20, 2017

Gavin Buckley beats Sen. Astle for Democratic nomination for Annapolis mayor; Del. Gutierrez to run for Montgomery Council; Krishanti Vignarajah announces her run for the Democratic nomination for governor; Gov. Hogan urges Congress to reject latest version of GOP Obamacare repeal, saying it will cost state $2 billion annually; Prince George’s to make a bid for Amazon HQ2, urges state to go with two-site proposal; tree cutting along Purple Line could begin on Monday; mental health advocates blast Hogan over lack of inmate care; former controversial Howard school super hired by state education department; and no wrongdoing found in Washington County harassment case.

State Roundup, September 19, 2017

Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz makes it official, announces run for governor, takes aim directly at Gov. Hogan and President Trump; State audit finds Human Services Department mishandled contracts, misspent $5 million; Metro chairman says agency needs $25 billion over next 10 years, not $15.5 billion; citing legal concerns, UM’s Pharmacy School cancels medical marijuana training; University system gives three presidents raises; three state lawmakers concerned that Harford house development could discriminate against non-Muslims; Doug Gansler won’t run for governor; Montgomery Council candidate pushes public financing law with pledge to donate donations to charity; Lazarick talks ‘Columbia at 50;’ and noted Annapolis eatery Chick n’ Ruth’s is sold.