State Roundup, July 24, 2015

Atty. Gen. Frosh asks maker of heroin OD antidote to rebate public agencies; new state law raising high school attendance age targets dropout rate; Gov. Hogan’s neck tumor shrinking after chemo Round 2; backlog of untested rape kits explored in Wicomico County; Bus Rapid Transit explored as alternative to Red Line, but still seen as expensive; plans for 300-room Maryland Live hotel unveiled; court strikes Montgomery stormwater fee; U.S. House bill could imperil federal funds to “sanctuary cities” such as Baltimore; and Catonsville nuns to head to Supreme Court over Obamacare contraceptive rule.

State Roundup, July 23, 2015

Transit chief Rahn, Legislative Services clash over legality of Baltimore area bus, subway and light-rail fare hikes; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz hopes to see Red Line alternatives from Baltimore Metro Council; Gov. Hogan in Day 4 of chemo Round 2; biz climate panel wrestles with priorities; ex-Sen. Colburn lands at Md. Ag Dept.; GOP hopeful challenges U.S. Rep. Delaney; and Prince George’s exec would like to county HQ to move to Largo.

State Roundup, July 22, 2015

Health care Web site contractor to pay state $45 million to avoid lawsuit but U.S. regulators still must OK deal; Transit chief Rahn says despite Red Line cancellation, there’s no money for major Baltimore area transit initiatives; Baltimore County exec calls on metro council to come up with transit alternatives; open judgeship -- at $176,000 salary -- and there are no takers; charges against Del. Kelly dropped after prosecutors determine it was a domestic divorce squabble; Rockville residents weigh in on moving Confederate soldier statue, but decision apparently is in county exec’s hands and he’s pushing to have it moved; process begins for hotel-convention center at Maryland Live casino; and Frederick County debates English-only law.

State Roundup, July 21, 2015

Gov. Hogan seeks congressional delegation help in securing federal funds for Purple line; Rocky Gap slots bucks to help fund scholarships for Allegany students; southern Maryland officials worried that toll cuts will imperil Nice Bridge improvements; former provost sues UMES claiming racial bias; when lobbyists donate to some campaigns, win or lose, they’ll likely win; former Pentagon official considers run for Congress; and Arundel exec nixes council message on tax bill.

State Roundup, July 20, 2015

Gov. Hogan rolls out $2 billion in asphalt projects but none for Baltimore City, little for Baltimore County; questions arise over Purple Line funding; state ethics panel outlines what industries lobby Annapolis -- and how much is spent; prisoner isolation tactics get another look in Maryland; Hogan to begin Round 2 of chemo; look beyond the declared dollars, and congressional campaign financing more than a numbers game; Who’s Who of donation in congressional race; Maryland ranks 6th in giving to presidential candidates; and Baltimore City moves to change name of Robert E. Lee Park, while Montgomery exec orders Confederate soldier statue moved.

State Roundup, July 17, 2015

The Board of Public Works delays cutting 63 jobs from Public Safety and Correctional Services; BPW also delays funding of Queen Anne’s homeless shelter; good government groups unite for cake, ice cream and a bit of fun to urge changes in Maryland’s redistricting process; DNR Police chief set to retire; Gov. Hogan’s new transportation leaders hail from outside state; dueling gubernatorial campaign finance complaints likely to go nowhere; “Hogan Strong” merchandize hits markets; education advocate Alvin Thornton tosses hat in the ring for the 4th Congressional District race; Van Hollen proposes anti-Super PAC pledge, but Edwards won’t bite; and Frederick Exec Gardner pushes ethics panel.

State Roundup, July 16, 2015

Public Safety HR jobs cuts at Board of Public Works; support for more express lanes on Capital Beltway in Md.; tightening money race in 4th Congressional District; Matthews, Raskin ahead in 6th Congressional District; Hogan endorses Christie; MoCo Council chair suggests cuts to top salaries; and Horseshoe Casino among few major donors to Baltimore recovery fund.

State Roundup, July 15, 2015

Reaction to Gov. Hogan’s request for more money from Montgomery and Prince George’s for Purple Line illustrates disparities between the two jurisdictions; Hogan says he’s open to alternatives to Baltimore City’s Red Line; Western Maryland jurisdictions seek restoration of highway funds; delegate says state may be losing revenue by not allowing smoking in casinos; Del. Kelly arrested for trespass, indecent exposure in personal altercation; in 4th Congressional District fund-raising race, Davis has $188,000, Turner has $264,000; in 8th Congressional District, Jawando raises $112,000; and Prince George’s Council votes to put half of all casino tax revenue to schools and libraries.

State Roundup, July 14, 2015

Baltimore City task force proposes 24-hour addiction treatment, specialized ER in new efforts to fight heroin problems; congressional delegation lobbies president to offer Baltimore City federal aid for riot recovery; state doles out $2.6 million for local projects, organizations; Glenn Ivey reports $275,000 in fund-raising for congressional campaign; environmental advocates back Van Hollen for U.S. Senate; presidential candidate O’Malley blasts Trump over immigrant remarks; and City Councilman Nick Mosby cancels Philly fund-raiser after ad uses City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, his wife, to promo the event.

State Roundup, July 13, 2015

As drug overdose deaths continue to rise statewide, Baltimore City set to unveil $20 million addiction treatment proposal; tobacco sales to minor statewide also continues to rise; Gov. Hogan fires airport chief exec, replaces him with Cleveland director; Annapolis man suggests replacement for “My Maryland;” Baltimore City leaders say recent Hogan decisions a slap to the city; two groups seek documents related to Hogan killing Red Line project; court rules that DNA analysts will have to testify; Washington Commissioners chief to seek to oust U.S. Rep. Delaney; and Sheila Dixon is everywhere.