State Roundup, May 18, 2017

State regulators issue first medical marijuana grow license to Stevenson firm; federal appeals court orders Purple Line plaintiffs to respond quickly to state request; Del. Moon urges fellow Democrats to not endorse gubernatorial candidates too early; 1st declared Dem candidate for governor announces computer science education platform; Del. Reznick won’t run for Congress; Severna Park man on list for FBI chief; U.S. Rep. Brown proposes bill to curb ability of a president to fire FBI chief; U.S. Deputy Atty Gen Rosenstein taps special prosecutor; H. Clinton to speak in Baltimore; and wish Brooks Robinson a happy 80th birthday.

State Roundup, May 17, 2017

Gov. Hogan says he’d like to keep Preakness in Baltimore, is willing to talk about state funding. Debate, however, heats up over Laurel move; FAA says it will work to find solutions to BWI noise; Baltimore city mistakenly sells water bill tax liens from stadiums; state launches new apprenticeship program; more than a dozen women, graduating from Emerge, ready to run for office; Del. McKay considers running for office closer to home; and Atty. Gen. Sessions speaks in Baltimore.

State Roundup, May 16, 2017

Medical marijuana firm seeks injunction against cannabis panel on issuing final licenses; Gov. Hogan asks FAA to intervene over noise problems at BWI; Pimlico owners want track rebuilt at taxpayer expense. But should Preakness stay in Baltimore?; Hogan sets 4th bill signing ceremony; with stalled work visa expansion, some seafood businesses stall; new PAC to recruit Muslim Americans to run for office; PAC founder Hamzah Khan to run for House of Delegates; and Deputy Atty. Gen. Rosenstein says he isn’t worried about reputation after Comey firing.

State Roundup, May 15, 2017

U.S. Atty. General Sessions’ tough stance on drug abusers runs against Maryland’s bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Act; OK on off-shore wind project splits renewable energy advocates, Eastern Shore property owners; proposed insurance hikes worry consumer advocates; Arundel Councilman Grasso sets sights on Sen. DeGrange’s seat; Gov. Hogan heads to Trump resort for GOP governors’ confab; U.S. Rep. Raskin offers legislation to enable use of 25th Amendment; and Kirby Delauter to run for Frederick County exec.

State Roundup, May 12, 2017

The Public Service Commission approves plans that could make Maryland waters home to first and largest offshore wind projects; Gov. Hogan takes his government to Carroll, address bipartisanship, economic growth and the opioid crisis; Maryland gives out $8.5 million for medical research projects; Justice Roberts OKs delay in hearing on Maryland’s assault weapons ban; Hogan pushes judge to decide Purple Line case; FBI raids Annapolis consulting firm that caters to Republicans; and President Trump may be visiting Camp David, finally.

State Roundup, May 11, 2017

Former Maryland U.S. attorney Rosenstein in an unfavorable spotlight after FBI chief Comey is fired as sources say he threatened to quit White House; Maryland, Virginia Dems united in call for special prosecutor on Russia probe; Gov. Hogan’s plan for redistricting reform takes away the Democratic leadership’s power over drawing districts — and takes away his own; over objections, Board of Public Works OKs $342 million plan to modernize state lottery system; Maryland lags in ensuring access to medication for senior citizens; Anne Arundel crafting immigration enforcement agreements; and Marc Steiner leaving Maryland airwaves after 24 years.

State Roundup, May 10, 2017

Govs. Hogan and McAuliffe join D.C. Mayor Bowser and 500 others in summit on regional approaches to fighting the opioid problem, including “doctor shopping” for painkillers; Maryland’s former U.S. attorney is front and center in FBI director’s firing; state’s active enforcement of environmental crimes continues to drop under Hogan administration; Hogan names Obamacare critic to state health care commission; as he kicks off his gubernatorial campaign, Sen. Madaleno touts himself as a progressive alternative to Hogan; U.S. Rep. Andy Harris protested after health care vote; and Frederick farmers seek rules on placing solar farms in that county.

State Roundup, May 9, 2017

Gov. Hogan, citing desire for Maryland to act alone, vetoes redistricting bill that would require five other states to join in first; with improved fish and crab populations, state environmental scientists give Chesapeake Bay a grade of ‘C’ as waterways also post better marks; regional summit tackles opioid abuse; Washington County Commissioners fight Public Service Commission over authority to regulating placement of large solar farms; former Del. Alston seeks return of her law license; and U.S. Rep. Harris defends vote on health care bill, citing Carefirst’s proposed 58.8% rate increase.

State Roundup, May 8, 2017

More than 40 dams in Maryland lack updated emergency plans; with popular Gov. Hogan in power, Maryland’s GOP targets Dem seats to break its veto-proof majority; proponents and opponents wait to see what Hogan will do with sick leave bill; despite a setback, sex assault survivors did see victories in General Assembly; Bay Bridge work begins; Kathleen Matthews chosen to head state Democrats; as dems line up to run for governor; Kevin Kamenetz’s financial disclosure form says he is “honorary member” of two clubs, Sen. Madaleno says he is running and House hopefuls line up to take over should John Delaney run; congressional Republicans look to Maryland’s high risk pool for health insurance fix; and Sinclair likely to buy Tribune Media.

State Roundup, May 5, 2017

Comptroller’s Officer gets more power to crack down on identity thieves, fraudulent tax preparers; Attorney General Frosh advises local jails to not honor federal requests to hold suspected immigration violators without warrant; audit finds state may have been overcharged by TU consulting firm reviewing medical marijuana licenses; Arundel to elect school board members; Dru Schmidt-Perkins steps down after 19 years at helm of 1,000 Friends; and Baltimore County set to be a battleground in governor’s race.