State Roundup, June 15, 2017

State elections board says it detected “suspicious activity” but no breach of online voter registration system; a Virginia congressman is questioning the ethics of allowing a company tied to President Trump to bid on proposed new FBI HQ; following U.S. House action on Dodd-Frank, Assembly leaders set up panel to monitor changes to federal financial consumer laws; Gov. Hogan touts new Baltimore bus system overhaul; Maryland politicians react to congressman’s shooting; and Maryland Attorney General Frosh explains the emoluments clause.

State Roundup, June 14, 2017

State to allow naloxone sales through a pharmacies, as it attempts to address overdose crisis; western Maryland communities struggling to thrive split over environmental issues such as fracking and coal; Post profiles Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who knows the law and the Grateful Dead; Gov. Hogan hires campaign manager and consultant; state Sen. Young faces another Republican challenger; as series on Columbia at 50 comes to a close, we look at its past to see its future; Montgomery’s council reaffirms commitment to climate treaty; Baltimore County councilmembers propose more transparency; and Arundel councilman sees race relations ‘state of emergency’ in that county.

State Roundup, June 13, 2017

The Maryland legislature made Attorney General Frosh’s suit against President Trump possible, giving him authority to sue without governor’s OK; views of Frosh’s action split down party lines; Wisconsin gerrymandering case — similar to Maryland’s — could end up at Supreme Court; Gov. Hogan truly has loyalty of his Cabinet members; five delegates could be challenging state senators for office; two Progressive candidates for governor hope to stir up constituents that Heather Mizeur could not; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz says he will decide on governor run after Labor Day; and Howard Exec Kittleman announces re-election bid.

State Roundup, June 12, 2017

Maryland, D.C. attorney generals sue President Trump, claiming violation of anti-corruption clauses in Constitution; despite General Assembly’s attempts at bail reform, judges now decline to set bail in some cases; state’s top court rules that medical marijuana licenses can be issued; Open Meetings training law to take effect Oct. 1; former MTA chief of staff had ordered $65,000 in furniture without bid process; Western Maryland Progressives gather for first meeting; Gov. Hogan begins targeting majority Democratic rule in General Assembly; and Howard County Exec Kittleman expected to announce re-election bid.

State Roundup, June 9, 2017

State’s overdose death rise sharply in 2016; new facility addresses mental health issues of drug addicts; Public Safety chief to head up program on drug trafficking; Edgewater residents concerned over medical marijuana dispensary; as Gov. Hogan urges continuation of federal Bay funding, he indicates he won’t back climate alliance; judge hears closing arguments on historically black colleges suit; Del. Miele to seek Sen. Klausmeier’s seat; and Roger Berliner to run for Montgomery County exec.

State Roundup, June 8, 2017

Board of Public Works OKs transfer of 117 acres at Rosewood to Stevenson University; Comptroller Franchot urges Juvenile Services to find a way to return Maryland kids from out-of-state facilities; Prince George’s Metro rep questions resolution; as National Harbor casino prospers, others see downward trend; Mayor Pugh, Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz sign on to support Paris Climate Accord; gubernatorial candidate Madaleno blasts Gov. Hogan over illegal immigration reference in fund-raising letter; GOP businessman seeks to oust Dem Sen. Ron Young; Andrew Duck hopes 4th time’s the charm in run for U.S. House seat; Montgomery candidates use crowd-sourcing among public financing tools; and after harassment claim, Washington County commissioners say policy does or should apply to them.

State Roundup, June 7, 2017

Gov. Hogan delines to enter into state climate accord alliance while advocates seek stronger stance against pulling out of Paris accord and other politicians stand against President Trump’s action; Attorney General Frosh joins challenge to EPA’s move to not label dangerous pesticide; just weeks before Maryland Transit Administration to launch changes to Baltimore City bus system, MTA chief is fired; court orders state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop plan to care for incompetent defendants; Del. McDonough claims Baltimore County school crimes covered up; Health Secretary Schrader gets GOP award; Maryland Democratic Party gets a new executive director; and Frederick County Council moves to curb election influence.

State Roundup, June 6, 2017

African Americans find difficulties breaking into medical marijuana industry; company that failed to get medical marijuana growing license asks court for clarity on its ruling; Gov. Hogan delivers third “State of Business” address at MBRG; state aids UMBC tech park growth with tax incentives; state Sen. Madaleno wins Arundel straw poll for governor; Baltimore County Council tables bill that would have required jail to screen inmates for immigration status; and Baltimore City Council slashes Mayor Pugh’s budget.

State Roundup, June 5, 2017

House Speaker Busch alert, talking after liver transplant; two names crop up as possible replacement for Busch as speaker should he leave; Maryland’s medical marijuana industry remains in limbo despite court intervention; I-270 corridor was used to justify gerrymander, but was it true?; Gov. Hogan to head to France and England on trade tour; Board of Public works expected to OK deal for Stevenson University to buy Rosewood campus; state industry say they will heed Paris climate accord despite President Trump’s pull out; Melony Griffith to run again for Currie seat in Senate; Theresa Marie Black to challenge U.S. Rep. Brown in primary; Del. Herb McMillan may challenge Ron George in state Senate primary; and Baltimore County Council to vote on immigration enforcement proposal.

State Roundup, June 2, 2017

After months of speculation about his health, House Speaker undergoes liver transplant; in deposition, former Gov. O’Malley admits gerrymandering to secure another Democratic congressional seat, emphasizes desire now for nonpartisan redistricting; state Sen. Oaks indicted on federal bribery and fraud counts; judge to hear case on temporary ban on issuing medical marijuana licenses; Gov. Hogan issues tepid criticism of President Trump over pulling U.S. out of worldwide climate accord, other Marylanders’ criticism more pointed; Jessup seafood market to get major facelift; U.S. Rep. Raskin agrees to delay political endorsements; and Berliner to run for Montgomery exec.