State Roundup, December 7, 2016

Former Sen. Pugh sworn in as new Baltimore City mayor to much promise of bipartisan work with Gov. Hogan; Hogan administration unveils a major overhaul of how state contracts are bid, awarded; Washington County lawmakers target education, economic development as they prep for 2017 legislature; state audit finds unsupervised fund in telecommunications tower rentals; as MGM National Harbor Casino sets to open, two older casinos to benefit from tax-cut agreement; Maryland ranked one of best states to live; Prince George’s council sets up panel to oversee government-vehicle use; and President-elect Trump’s advisor says he will observe tradition at Army-Navy game in Baltimore on Saturday.

State Roundup, December 6, 2016

Incoming Mayor Pugh names Del. Hammen, former Ba Co Exec Jim Smith as top aides; State to get $15 million in education grants for pre-k programs; Sen. Cardin urges environmental leaders to continue work on restoring Chesapeake Bay; Maryland casinos bring in $92 million in November; Speaker Busch urges Washington County Dems to find inspiration; Talbot Council regulated solar farm size in concern over farmland loss; Common Cause questions outgoing Mayor Rawlings-Blake use of campaign funds for party; and MADD seeks to curb PG Councilman with use of ignition lock device.

State Roundup, December 5, 2016

Ben Carson picked to head HUD; Dirk Haire takes over state GOP chairmanship; Fracking opponents push for ban, but extension of moratorium more likely; lawmakers target cash bail system; investigative report finds police dismiss a high rate of sex assaults; Lt. Gov. Rutherford finds himself in tweet controversy over hate speech; Gov. Hogan sits down with new members of Baltimore City Council; St. John’s joins program to shield students from deportation; OD deaths up in Anne Arundel; Prince George’s council member has history of car accidents in county vehicles; and arrests made in assault on City Councilwoman Rikki Spector.

State Roundup, December 2, 2016

Rep. Harris says he’s willing to work in Trump admin; task force recommends major curtailing of strip searches of youths in custody; compromise could bring legislation on paid sick leave back to the General Assembly; Sen. Currie’s reversal on retirement could have impact on Maryland Dems’ standard operating procedure; delegates seek to give Total Wine local loophole for another Class A liquor store; Arundel council member suggests change in allocation of Maryland’s Electoral votes; Raskin, Warren rally progressives; Gov. Hogan brings in $1.5 million at fund-raiser; Prince George’s council member had previous accidents with government car; and feds set replacement of city train tunnel at $4 billion.

State Roundup, December 1, 2016

Maryland civil rights advocates worry about future of criminal justice reform under Trump presidency; legislative committee to take up issue of shackling, strip searching children in custody; Hogan administration, union argue over number of employees affected by payroll errors; some seek more democratic way to fill vacancies of elected offices; Gov. Hogan to speak at Mayor-elect Pugh’s inauguration; Prince George’s council member charged after crash; and Howard County considers change to school start, end times.

State Roundup, November 30, 2016

Gov. Hogan, Democratic leaders reach compromise on Northrop Grumman loan and teacher pension costs for local school districts; citing political infighting over his replacement, Sen. Currie rescinds resignation; 85 AFSCME workers did not receive correct base pay; audit finds state agency directed health providers to overcharge patients; Baltimore County exec gets pushback after refusing to be part of undocumented immigrant enforcement; Howard County launches inclusiveness effort; and, with new council members, Baltimore City may see movement toward hike in minimum wage.

State Roundup, November 29, 2016

Cannabis Commission to hire diversity consultant, awards 102 preliminary licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries; Sen. Brochin broaches school bus seats belts following fatal Tennessee crash; state Republican effort on gerrymandering emboldened by Wisconsin ruling; Baltimore County exec says he’ll shield student immigrants; Montgomery County developer dollars aided term-limit effort; and former Western Maryland Del. McClellan dies at 90.

Main Street in Ellicott City officially reopened Saturday morning, recovering from the July 30 flood.

State Roundup, November 28, 2016

Maryland a winner when it comes to attracting newly college-educated workers; Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus plans to take more aggressive stands in next session; state auditors find financial anomalies at TU, UMBC; Atty. Gen. Frosh sets up hate crime hotline; fracking ban to make a comeback in next legislative session; Montgomery County Exec Leggett wants to slow pace of $15 an hour minimum wage; Baltimore City preps for transition to Pugh administration; and Maryland National Guard’s Lt. Gen. James Fretterd dies.

State Roundup, November 23, 2016

Feds asked to speed up reforms at Baltimore City Police Dept.; Gov. Hogan froze state Sen. Middleton out of Nice Bridge event; Hogan, DC Metro chair wrestle over funds; Democratic Sen.-elect Van Hollen faces tough job in Republican Congress; Texas judge blocks impending overtime pay rule change; Montgomery County lawn care firms go to court to overturn cosmetic pesticide use; Baltimore County students, and parents defend Super Dance re-tweet at school board meeting

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and Gov. Larry Hogan anncounce plans to replace the Harry Nice Bridge behind them. Governor's Office Photo.

State Roundup, November 22, 2016

Gov. Hogan touts $765 million plan to replace Nice Bridge over Potomac; state added 34,7000 jobs in year, making it 20th in U.S. for job growth; medical marijuana regulators set Nov. 28 to award initial dispensary licenses; state hopes to test air quality around coal plant; Maryland awarded $46 million in Victim Assistance Grant; new federal overtime rules coming; UM President Loh announces support for undocumented students; and Baltimore County school super to start reporting other pay.