State Roundup, October 13, 2017

Metro board committee vote could delay land transfer crucial to planned Purple Line; Virginia representative joins Gov. Larry Hogan in calling for Metro board chairman’s resignation; feds says Maryland lags in investigating high-priority nursing home complaints; meanwhile, Maryland dominates in school administration costs; Insurance commissioner Redmer questions whether new Trump administration order on health insurance would work in Maryland; state seeks outside law firm to pursue airport noise lawsuit; proposal to use more egg-bearing female crabs concerns crabbers; and Harford Exec Glassman readies re-election campaign announcement.

State Roundup, October 12, 2017

Workgroup urges state to widen income threshold to allow more families to qualify for free pre-kindergarten; Mason-Dixon poll finds most Marylanders want better sick leave benefits; Montgomery County says it won’t pay for flawed study that decried impact of $15 minimum wage; Attorney General Frosh urges Supreme Court to uphold state’s ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines; judge says challenge to state’s medical marijuana licensing program can move on; Baltimore County gets blowback to school calendar without Jewish holidays; and Rockeymoore Cummings throws hat in ring for governor.

State Roundup, October 11, 2017

Supreme Court ruling could mean issue of legalized sports betting likely to return to General Assembly next session; Montgomery school board to ask Gov. Hogan to add a week to end of school calendar; Congress, U.S. Attorney General Sessions could derail Maryland medical marijuana program; judge says Baltimore’s state-funded Criminal Justice panel may have to disband after Hogan pulls funding; Kirwan education panel to hold public hearing on Thursday; progressives find little difference in Democratic gubernatorial candidates; and former Republican state Sen. Jean Roesser dies at 87.

State Roundup, October 10, 2017

The Trump administration’s decision to repeal rules governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could challenge Maryland’s attempts to cut air pollution that comes in from coal states; the Sun editorial board says attempts to further control police body cam footage is a solution without a problem; schools across Maryland are juggling their calendars to make shortened school year work; anti-Purple Line group to seek funding help from Chevy Chase; Montgomery’s $15 minimum wage proposal gets a longer timeline; Del. Meagan Simonaire won’t seek re-election; Baltimore County’s GOP executive primary is critical to Gov. Hogan’s run; and Amie Hoeber ponders another run for U.S. House.

State Roundup, October 9, 2017

Sighting concerns over invasion of privacy, Baltimore County officials to ask state lawmakers to consider tightening rules governing public access to police body camera footage; schools throughout state are addressing rising tide of uncivil discourse, some training teachers to guide civil conversations; Gov. Hogan blasts Metro board chair Jack Evans, calls for his resignation; Rocky Gap casino take rises 6%; Acting Health Secretary Schrader, others appeal contempt charge; Vignarajah asks court to affirm her eligibility to run for governor; Del. GutiƩrrez to run for Montgomery Council; and police probe complaint from Bladensburg councilman who ran for mayor that assailants tried to set him on fire.

State Roundup, October 6, 2017

Comptroller Franchot files for re-election; Donna Edwards will run for Prince George’s exec; Sen. Kagan will not run for Montgomery exec; Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered the Office of Homeland Security to put into place an updated cybersecurity plan; Franchot continues to press on with new school construction, this time for Lansdowne; Baltimore County schools may nix two Jewish holy days to fit governor’s mandate; state ponders allowing out-of-state patients to access new medical marijuana industry; CASA de Maryland seeks to halt rollback of DACA program; Speaker Ryan touts tax plan in Chestertown, while protest held; and two Washington County commissioners say fellow Commissioner Myers did kiss county employee.

State Roundup, October 5, 2017

University of Maryland, College Park receives largest donation in its history; Speaker Paul Ryan heads to Eastern Shore to push Republican tax proposal; meanwhile new study says 31% of Maryland households would see a tax hike; Scientists concerned about faster acidification of Chesapeake Bay; Sen. Kagan says Hogan administration has failed to comply with Spanish/Chinese translations on state websites; Baltimore County exec candidate Del. McDonough says challenger Redmer should resign as state insurance commissioner; poll finds an Alsobrooks-Edwards race for Prince George’s exec would be tight; and the IRS revokes tax-exempt status of organization founded by Arundel Councilman Peroutka.

State Roundup, October 4, 2017

Maryland settles fair housing case with agreement to develop affordable units in prosperous neighborhoods; Federal Transit Admin. puts cost of Purple Line construction at $2.4 billion, but Maryland says its only $2 billion, leaving out $400 million; provision of new criminal justice law governing substance abuse treatment for offenders may not function well; new Mason-Dixon poll finds Gov. Hogan popular, but facing tough challenge from Democratic opponents; Speaker Busch backs Del. Aruna Miller for 6th Congressional District seat; Del. Malone only Marylander signing on to Wisconsin gerrymander case before Supreme Court; and Democrats find it tough going in Harford County.

State Roundup, October 3, 2017

Maryland’s politicians react with shock, grief to mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead, 500+ wounded; U.S. Ed Department gives Maryland $17.2 million over five years to support charter school growth; Comptroller Franchot eyes two Baltimore County schools for repair, replacement; Gov. Hogan sends National Guard to aid Puerto Rico after deadly hurricane; Goucher pollster responds to Rascovar column; Frederick County officials want transit funding returned to pre-recession levels; 3rd Republican files to battle for U.S. Rep. Delaney’s seat; and alderman’s plan to restructure Annapolis city government may have to wait.

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.