State Roundup, December 12, 2018

Gov. Hogan announces plan to fund $3.5 billion in school construction projects statewide from new “lockbox” casino funds; Hogan says fed-Maryland land swap to keep ‘Skins stadium in Prince George’s has been in works for months; Maryland, Virginia oppose plan for more Metro service to win back riders; no politicians will be present when reps from Baltimore have White House meeting with President Trump; Hogan wows Washington moderate conservatives at think-tank talk; and Time magazine honors Capital Gazette reporters, among other journalists.

State Roundup, December 11, 2018

Maryland’s General Assembly, staff to get training in sexual harassment prevention; administration of Gov. Hogan defends pursuit of Oxon Hill land for new Redskins football stadium; panel issues report outlining top-to-bottom revamp of state 9-1-1 call centers; some positive signs of life seen in Maryland waterways, but disturbing ones as well; Montgomery officials see benefits in $4.4 billion Kirwan education funding plan but unsure about how much; Baltimore city’s Horseshoe Casino take continues its slide; visit by President Trump to Baltimore city to be replaced by White House event; and Montgomery County Exec Elrich proposes $40 million in cuts to current budget.

State Roundup, December 10, 2018

In its first year, Maryland’s medical marijuana industry made $96.3 million in sales to 52,000 patients buying 730,000 individual products; state’s health exchange sales are up slightly; state lawmakers expected to find short-term fix to shore up ACA; President Donald Trump to visit Baltimore city; Gov. Larry Hogan seeks to keep Redskins in Maryland; House Speaker Michael Busch retires from Arundel County Parks and Recreations Department after 40 years; and although it failed to secure Amazon HQ2, Prince George’s County could still win.

State Roundup, December 7, 2018

Medical marijuana commission votes to ban advertising, as companies call regulations a “gross overreach” and vow to fight it in Annapolis; data finds that two-decade old energy deregulation failed to produce promised lower prices for consumers; Kirwan education panel suggests $4.4 billion in additional K-12 spending within 10 years; after heavy storms, cleanup of Bay debris continues; Arundel County Exec Pittman to rejigger citizens advisory panel on development; top Annapolis lobbying firm sees changes at the top; and latest buyouts hit Sun, smaller papers.

State Roundup, December 6, 2018

Maryland’s congressional delegation asks General Motors to reconsider closing White Marsh plant or at least return $100 million grant; lawmakers also meet with UM over football program, problems; Comptroller Franchot says new system will mean faster tax returns; state women’s prison finds benefits from healthier food for inmates; Montgomery considers way to stop Gov. Hogan from widening Capital Beltway; Washington County businesses seek to loosen reins on Sunday alcohol sales; new State House senators, delegates begin two-day orientation; as Maryland emoluments suit against President Trump continues, documents, sources reveal Saudis booked 500 nights at Trump Hotel following election; and conservative radio talker Les Kinsolving dies at 90.

State Roundup, December 5, 2018

State reveals simplified public school performance ranking system, using stars. More than half received either four or five stars, with 3% receiving lowest ranking, many in Baltimore City; study also tracks excessive school absences; rankings outlined for Arundel, Baltimore City; Frederick, Harford, Montgomery and Washington County schools; Gov. Hogan says redrawing the 6th Congressional District, without adoption, may be enough to satisfy court; Comptroller Franchot urges lawmakers to create rainy day fund for anticipated windfall; two electioneering complaints filed against delegate-elect; and in Maryland-D.C. emoluments suit, dozens of subpoenas issued for Trump businesses.

State Roundup, December 4, 2018

Federal judge clears way for Maryland, D.C. to issue subpeonas in lawsuit claiming that President Trump violated emoluments clause; economist says Maryland lost its bid for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters due to “antiquated regulations,” higher taxes; Attorney General Frosh urges Supreme Court to overturn lower-court decision on Maryland’s 6th congressional district; state report ends hopes for Red Line for Baltimore City; General Motors chief to meet with state congressmen over decision to close White Marsh plant; state to close offices on Wednesday to honor late President George H.W. Bush; as county executives take the oath of office: Calvin Ball hopes to strengthen Ellicott City’s flood resiliency; Steuart Pittman urges public involvement in Arundel’s communities; Marc Elrich challenges Gov. Hogan over plans to widen Capital Beltway; and Angela Alsobrooks urges pride in Prince George’s County.

State Roundup, December 3, 2018

In a surprise upset, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings beats incumbent Kathleen Matthews to head Maryland’s Democratic Party; hoping to cut toll of smoking on African-Americans, Legislative Black Caucus to seek to raise age for buying tobacco products to 21; legislative leaders say odds are improving to legalize sports betting in Maryland; Trump administration authorization of disruptive searches for oil, gas in the Atlantic worries local environmentalists; Senate President Miller fills committee posts; U.S. Rep. Sarbanes to introduce legislation to drain the D.C. swamp; and counties to see new leadership taking office today: Alsobrooks in Prince George’s; Elrich in Montgomery; Pittman in Arundel; Ball in Howard County; and Olszewski in Baltimore County;

State Roundup, November 30, 2018

Homeland Security finds that Maryland’s November election wasn’t breached; proposed bill would add regulations for new building in historic Ellicott City; concern over pollution of Baltimore trash burner grows among state, local lawmakers; Kirwan education panel hears from stakeholders in marathon meeting; Pittman reassures business; red Frederick County sees a mini blue wave; U.S. Rep. Raskin gets a leadership post in upcoming Democrat-controlled House; Prince George’s County Executive-elect Alsobrooks puts together her leadership team; outgoing state Sen. Richard Madaleno to become budget chief in Montgomery; Facebook posts lead to call for Arundel ed board hopeful to step away; and Howard County prosecutor will not pursue charges against register of wills.

State Roundup, November 29, 2018

Study finds stream restoration efforts alone cannot fix regional runoff problems; with record rains, Conowingo Dam opens gates, creating a potential hazard for boaters; Maryland to launch an urban dye farm; without strong Democratic party ties, Del.-elect Lily Qi used cultural ones to win election; Allan Kittleman named to state workers compensation panel; Frederick County develops General Assembly agenda; Arundel County-exec elect Pittman dismisses transition panelist after anti-Muslim FB posts; Howard County executive-elect Ball names transition team; portrait of outgoing Baltimore County Exec Don Mohler put on display; and outgoing Prince George’s County Executive Baker reflects on eight years in office.