State Roundup, August 27, 2015

Gov. Hogan tells Mikulski, other state lawmakers to secure federal funds now that Maryland, locals have met Purple Line obligations; Board of Public Works hears of more corruption problems in Corrections, but defer layoffs; Maryland Working Families urges Hogan not to adopt Gov. Christie’s stand against paid sick leave; lawmakers filed open meetings complaint; Heather Mizeur backs Van Hollen for Senate, adds to his progressive bona fides; controversy begins to swirl around later school start times in Anne Arundel over possible conflict of interest, while rush hour commuters are warned to watch for buses; and judge rules documents in PIA request were withheld illegally.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, right, and other county officials took to kayaks Friday afternoon. They paddled three miles from the Beverly Triton Beach Park on the Chesapeake Bay to a boat ramp on the Rhode River to illustrate Schuh's plans for increasing public access to the bay and its rivers. Anne Arundel has 530 miles of coastline, the most of any county, but only one public boat ramp for 14,000 trailered boats registered in the county. Schuh put $592,000 in his budget to plan and develop eight new free public boat ramps in the county.  Veteran kayak Ralph Heimlich, left, using a Greenland wooden paddle, towed Maryland Reporter the last half of the 90-minute trip.

State Roundup, August 26, 2015

Saying state likely won’t have enough money to solve its heroin problem, Lt. Gov. Rutherford outlines heroin task force recommendations including more treatment, boosted law enforcement and public awareness. Recommendations, however, criticized as “Task Force 101;” last of pre-trial detainees at Baltimore City Detention Center are moved out; as Attorney General Frosh pushes reform on police profiling, Montgomery Exec Leggett again recounts recent police harassment; oyster farmers complain of regulations hampering initiative; Anne Arundel exec Schuh kayaks to illustrate plans for greater public access to the bay; Baltimore City gets $4 million grant for lead paint screening, home repairs; and Frederick County considers offering tax credits to spur manufacturing.

State Roundup, August 25, 2015

As a legislative panel considers changes to the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, accountability advocates worry that the “fix is in” and burdens will continue to be held by victims; Attorney General Frosh recommends changes to how police conduct routine patrols and profile criminal activity; Lt. Gov. Rutherford puts no-recording restriction on 11 a.m., embargoed press briefing; state to reinstitute tax amnesty program; Gov. Hogan visits Ravens camp in Owings Mills; Arundel Exec Schuh says county doesn’t want Crownsville Hospital; Richard Douglas jumps into GOP side of U.S. Senate race; U.S. Rep. Cummings’ fund-raising hints at Senate run; and former two-time state Senate candidate Larry Barber dies.

State Roundup, August 24, 2015

Maryland, Prince George’s County turn food scraps into rich, marketable garden compost; Obamas send note of support to Gov. Hogan and churches continue prayer services as he hits halfway in treatment; Sen. Eckhardt brings up lead paint issue in Eastern Shore chat as Arundel Exec Schuh says he wasn’t defending Secretary Holt’s remarks and appeals court says even slight drop in IQ is compensatable; MBRG ranking puts AA legislators not quite pro-business; gaming regulation spills over to mom and pop arcades; Frederick County’s student population more diverse than teaching staff; O’Malley latches onto Trump slight; and Montgomery’s Hans Riemer injured on trampoline.

State Roundup, August 21, 2015

Maryland’s new corrections chief explores changes to solitary confinement, parole and probation policies, with greater focus on drug treatment and mental health care; Chestertown seeks assurances on department of environment test cleanup of decades-old heating oil spill; U.S. Rep. Cummings seeks financial information on group trying to bring down Planned Parenthood; as O’Malley runs for president, his touted zero tolerance policy turns sour; Atty. Gen. Frosh to campaign for O’Malley in New Hampshire; Arundel Council considers wild animal anti-cruelty bill; printer malfunction halts property sales closings in Baltimore City; activist mugging victim to run for city mayor’s post; and Frederick Councilman Kirby Delauter says his company won’t donate to charities following passage of law banning county from contracting with elected officials’ companies.

State Roundup, August 20, 2015

Geologists to install seismometer in Western Maryland to prep for fracking activity; medical experts say in light of Gov. Hogan’s latest cancer news, patients should be optimistic but cautious about their own diagnosis; state manufacturers express concern over how loosening marijuana laws will affect their workforce; opinionmaker Laslo Boyd says it’s time for Ken Holt to go; Cecil County to seek state OK to get on the microbrewery bandwagon; Frederick’s Jan Gardner to seek unified front in seeking legislation in Annapolis; U.S. Rep. Cummings hints at Senate try as he hires noted Senate-race fundraiser; and Frederick County cuts carbon dioxide emissions.

State Roundup, August 19, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan’s push to reform the state’s redistricting process has turned the usual politics upside down; Hogan announces he’s 95% cancer free; farm uses Hogan image for American Cancer Society corn maze fund-raiser; as state formally cancels Red Line with feds, advocates say administration not complying with public records law; health insurance marketplace rolls rise 39%; Frederick County repeals English-only law; and who else will run for mayor of Baltimore City?

State Roundup, August 18, 2015

While 30 state delegates ask Housing Secretary Holt to resign following lead poisoning remarks, Gov. Hogan says he stand by his “passionate and competent public servant” after Holt receives a good talking-to; and Sun editorial board questions Holt’s suitability for office; Maryland to participate in federal initiative combatting rising heroin deaths; Secretary Holt proposes plan to sell foreclosed houses to college grads needing to consolidate student loan debt; U.S. Rep. Edwards releases new poll showing her ahead of U.S. Rep. Van Hollen in Senate race; and Prince George’s employment numbers improve.

State Roundup, August 17, 2015

Secretary Holt apologizes for ‘anecdote’ about mothers poisoning children to obtain free housing under lead paint rules; Lt. Gov. Rutherford says Hogan administration won’t roll back lead paint liability for rental owners; meanwhile, worker, enviro and consumer groups worried that Hogan will roll back important reforms in business regulation overhaul; legislators urge Hogan to include them in redistricting reform; Baltimore City losing political clout, making it easier for Hogan to spurn its requests; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards campaigns in conservative Eastern Shore; and Baltimore City residents seek alternative mayoral candidates to Rawlings-Blake and Dixon.

State Roundup, August 14, 2015

Dozens march around Government House protesting Gov. Hogan’s decision to inform feds when some illegal immigrants are released from jail; congressional delegation pushes Hogan administration on savings from killing the Red Line; Prince George’s to try to come up with $20 million more for Purple Line; attorney general says same-sex spouses can be guilty of adultery as well; head of medical marijuana panel says it won’t get involved in local marijuana zoning issues; MaCO sessions on medical marijuana packed; U.S. Rep. Edwards rolls out campaign for Senate in Easton; and O’Malley outlines plans if elected president.