State Roundup, October 21, 2015

In quick lesson, lawmakers learn how to use naloxone while health centers reluctant to screen for drug abuse since so few treatment beds available; panel hopes to cut prison population by reducing aiming at technical violations; Redistricting Commission torn between going bold or not; state high court rules that farm transfer tax must be cut; Attorney General Frosh says theft of children’s IDs now a problem; statewide, job losses for September hit 4,000; AA council considers loosening medical marijuana restrictions; O’Malley chats and sings on The View; and Councilman Mosby may run for Baltimore City mayor.

State Roundup, October 20, 2015

GBC wants to expand exports by smaller businesses; legislative audit critical of DBED’s reliance on companies for information; state panel seeks to reduce number of people incarcerated to increase drug, mental health treatment; groups ask state to restore voter education campaign; Sen. Simonaire plans to file bill to require notification when police acquire military equipment; congressional candidate Matthews defends sources of campaign funding; Montgomery Board of Elections restores early voting spot; and Baltimore County Council seeks to kill its rain tax.

State Roundup, October 19, 2015

Report ranks Maryland high when it comes to informing lawmakers about the cost of proposed legislation; 3 in 10 Marylander say they know someone who is or was addicted to opioids; Anne Arundel begins honing in on sites for proposed medical marijuana growers, dispensaries; Harford trots out new voting systems; if he joined Senate race, U.S. Rep. Cummings could win, says poll; in the meantime, U.S. Rep. Edwards leads U.S. Rep. Van Hollen in the race; two high powered Maryland Democrats to host Clinton fund-raiser tonight; also tonight O’Malley on The Daily Show; and O’Malley says debate fattened his purse.

State Roundup, October 16, 2015

Two fired at Maryland Energy Administration as Hogan moves agency to Baltimore; poll finds Lt. Gov. Rutherford not very well known; in race for U.S. Rep. Edwards’ seat, former Lt. Gov. Brown begins to make a showing in fund-raising; Matthews out-raises Raskin in race for U.S. Rep. Van Hollen’s seat; Van Hollen leads Edwards in Senate fund-raising race; Frederick alderman agree that Taney bust should be moved; and Montgomery elections board agrees to restoring one early voting site.

State Roundup, October 15, 2015

FBI starts bid process for new HQ, which could end up in Maryland; Gov. Hogan’s Redistricting Reform Commission wraps up series of public hearings with comments from Dems; new poll finds Hogan’s popularity is up across party, demographic lines; bed bugs in state building force paid vacation for 150; first lady Yumi Hogan meets South Korean president; Hogan ends chemo treatment, awaits results; closed sports museum owes Stadium Authority $300,000; during Democratic debate, city top prosecutor Mosby, Donald Trump tweet on O’Malley; campaign finance reports coming in; Arundel County exec pulls out-right ban on marijuana facilities; Arundel sheriff switches from D to R; and future of the Taney bust could be decided tonight.

State Roundup, October 14, 2015

Longtime Dundalk Del. Sonny Minnick dies at 82; legislative panel considers system of retirement plans for small business employees; Maryland’s Chamber of Commerce seeks more political clout, may launch a super-PAC; in first Democratic presidential candidates’ debate, Clinton, Sanders outshine former Gov. O’Malley; College Park to rename building to honor Parren Mitchell, state’s first African-American congressman; Green Party candidate files intention to run for Mikulski’s Senate seat; Arundel’s top cop voices concern over drug dealers taking advantage of medical marijuana; and Prince George’s panel kills proposal mandating paid sick leave.

State Roundup, October 13, 2015

Advocates of mandatory paid sick leave to return to Annapolis to push for bill; Prince George’s council to debate paid sick leave; state Sen. Middleton gives Health Exchange progress an A+; Secretary Gill works to reposition new Commerce Department; if you thought Montgomery County was a hotbed of liberalism, you might want to think again; tonight’s presidential debate is a make-or-break deal for O’Malley -- can he shine through Clinton and Sanders?; after much criticism, Montgomery County Board of Elections chief to propose compromise on early voting sites.

State Roundup, October 12, 2015

Gov. Hogan moves O’Malley’s StateStat program in effort to improve government efficiency; new report outlines major flaws with Maryland Health Exchange implementation; state to waive penalty for toll scofflaws who pony up what’s due; mass freeing of drug prisoners wins praise, but worries some; Baltimore City mayor takes Hogan up on offer to help city, asks for $150 million; Democrats running for 4th Congressional District seat speak to voters; O’Malley severs ties with volunteer Virginia campaign manager charged with child porn; Baltimore activist meets with Clinton; debate could make or break O’Malley; and Taney bust vandalized.

State Roundup, October 9, 2015

Gov. Hogan scheduled for final, intensive round of chemo; Maryland Dems nominate Del. Proctor’s widow, Prince George’s party leader to fill vacant delegate seats; Port Administration chief challenges Moody’s report citing delays; in op-ed, union head criticizes vetting process that put Ricky Smith in charge of BWI; fantasy football industry scrutinized at BPW meeting; comptroller quotes Baltimore County exec to criticize him over North Point center sale; Arundel County Council official says ban on medical marijuana facilities unlikely; and Prince George’s moves closer to banning vaping.

State Roundup, October 8, 2015

Comptroller Franchot, Lt. Gov. Rutherford blast state agencies over single-bid contract, procurement process; Board of Public Works OK grant funds for stream restoration; citing community opposition, Rutherford pulls sale of Baltimore County government building from BPW consideration; Gov. Hogan to undergo last round of chemo this weekend; grant monies announced to fight opioid, heroin problem; USM chancellor to undertake listening tour of state; Cecil County Exec Moore says she won’t seek re-election; and audit finds building permitting slowdown under Frederick County Exec Gardner not county staff’s fault,