Maryland’s senators join floor effort to stop gun sales to suspected terrorists; Gov. Hogan holds back on releasing $80 million for teacher pensions, school renovations, demolition of city detention center; Hogan finally says he won’t vote for Trump; U.S. loans Purple Line companies $875 million; new chancellor gets large raise, bonus in closed-door decision; and 299 Arundel school personnel set to retire.
State eligible for $17 million to widen opioid addiction treatment; feds award nonprofit bucks to make sure Maryland children have public health insurance; medical marijuana panel wrestles with vetting financial histories of potential licensees; two Baltimore high schools to launch Gov. Hogan’s early college initiative; city elections problems put on staffing, training, logistics; some Sandtown-Winchester residents skeptical of Hogan’s revitalization efforts; and Hogan distances self from Trump over Muslim views.
Elections officials to brief Senate panel on voting problems in April primary; Maryland nonprofit health-care co-op sues federal government over $22 million in required payments to big insurance firms; 40 revisions to Maryland’s medical marijuana regulations worries advocates; U.S. Rep. Hoyer pushes manufacturing as bipartisan salve; Gov. Hogan names two to bench in Frederick County; Baltimore City mayor says she’ll move funds for youth programs.
Hogan administration challenges EPA’s finding that Arundel power plant is violating air pollution rules; Baltimore City seeks new, radical ways to help heroin addicts; Gov. Hogan orders flags to fly at half-staff in memory of Orlando shooting victims; Jim Smith loaned Pugh campaign $100,000; with several schools closing, some Carroll residents will have a longer distance to go vote; former county attorney warns Arundel on less transparency with charter change; Talbot Council votes -- in public -- to keep rebel statue; and Somerset considering new regulations on siting chicken facilities.
Gov. Hogan to work “very closely” with DHMH to reduce wait list for inmates needing mental health care; state workers, union seek more staffing, better training at health care facilities; fentanyl overdose death shoot up 83% in a year; Hogan eyes improved customer service from government agencies; USM Regents OK $5.3 billion budget; Hogan continues to be mum on whether he’ll vote for Trump for president; Pepco-Exelon merger leads to financial benefit for two counties; Carla Hayden likely to become next head of Library of Congress; and O’Malley backs Clinton.
Panel on school testing fails to cut student testing times despite months of work; state regulators OK hospital rate hikes; crowded prisons addressed in two stories: one about mental health reform, the other about bail reform; state Treasurer Kopp ask how public-private partnerships affect state bond rating; new casino isn’t even built and Prince George’s officials begin to argue over how to spend video gaming revenue; state aid help vaccine firm to grow in Montgomery; and remembering Esther Gelman, a political powerhouse in MoCo.
State health official urges residents to clean up yards, neighborhoods to fight Zika; gas tax to rise in July; casinos bring in more revenue in May; U.S. Sen. Cardin, Rep. Ruppersberger address opioid addiction; U.S. Senate candidate Szeliga criticizes Trump on racist remarks, says she will support Republican nominee; Clayton Mitchell Jr. backs Szeliga for Senate; Baltimore City Council seeks hearing on election irregularities; and Arundel school health workers protest privatization plan.
The Maryland GOP eyes “vulnerable” General Assembly seats in hopes to kill Dems’ veto-proof majority; activist groups criticize appointment of Del. O’Donnell to PSC; local, state officials rethinking election results strategy after mess-up in Howard County; Del. McDonough challenges U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger on Obama transgender bathroom stance; Szeliga calls Senate challenger Van Hollen a hypocrite for accepting Trump funds at DCCC 10 years ago, blasting Trump today; O’Malley has a new gig, with Jeb Bush; and judge dismisses suit against Mosby, saying prosecutor can fire for political reasons.
Changing drug laws means convicts can appeal sentences; Gov. Hogan taps Del. O’Donnell for Maryland Public Service Commission; Secretary Bartenfelder talks agriculture issues; activists sue over Baltimore City elections irregularities; Van Hollen criticizes Senate rival Szeliga over fund-raiser with Citizens United proponent; 6th District congressional race could be most competitive; Libertarian Party convention attracts 22 Marylanders; and tronc.
Gov. Hogan appoints his top lobbyist, former state Sen. Joe Getty, to the Maryland Court of Appeals and Circuit Court judges Donald Beachley and Melanie Shaw Geter to Court of Special Appeals; Treasurer Kopp, Comptroller Franchot say more diversity needed on corporate boards; higher deer poaching fines go into effect without governor’s signature; candidates Brown, Raskin and Van Hollen garner League of Conservation Voters endorsements; mayoral candidate Dixon won’t sue over city election outcome; and Sen. Mikulski announces $94M in fed funds for Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard.