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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.