State Roundup, March 28, 2016

Expansion of state equal pay law passes state Senate as Post report finds gender pay gap wider in Gov. Hogan’s office; Hogan’s PSC nominee to face tough questions over emails; Prince George’s Democratic delegates “caucus” to meet in private; bill to help strip rapists of parental rights has faced a tough road in Maryland; tuition hikes expected at Maryland’s public colleges; Senate honors retiring reading clerk; and Senate candidates Edwards and Van Hollen spar over effectiveness.

State Roundup, March 25, 2016

Plan to give tax breaks to lure manufacturers to state dies; conference committee makes progress on budget, which could go to vote early next week; lack of movement on redistricting proposal leaves Gov. Hogan frustrated; Senate passes House bill for aid to Baltimore City; Senate passes justice reform bill; legislation addressing sustainable oyster harvest met with Shore opposition; Hogan finally says Trump may not be his guy; Emily’s List reiterates commitment to Donna Edwards for Senate; and Montgomery’s Leggett seeks review of Taser use.

State Roundup, March 24, 2016

Amid bipartisan joy, House passes Gov. Hogan’s $42 billion budget, which will now go to conference committee to work out House-Senate kinks; Senate poised to vote on justice reform package today; bill to give Morgan State funds to move tech projects to marketplace moves forward; advocates of charge-expungement bill say it was watered down; Delaney sends out a billboard to press Hogan on Trump endorsement; delegate’s missing brother found safe; Van Hollen, Edwards to meet in 2nd Senate race matchup; and former Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young charged in prostitution sting.

State Roundup, March 23, 2016

Lawmakers continue to move forward on Gov. Hogan’s operating and capital budget plans; Marylander may get to vote on legalizing fantasy sports betting; bills addressing jail time for those enabling underage drinking to meet in conference committee; three years of funding approved for new hospital in Prince George’s; state motto gets a makeover; brother of Del. Eric Luedtke is missing; three media outlets file Open Meetings complaint against continuing closed sessions of BDC; and mayoral candidates debate.

State Roundup, March 22, 2016

Justice reform bill, watered down by Senate committee, gets sent back to lawmakers by Pres Miller as he seeks more savings, drop in prison population; change in corporate tax calculation sought to benefit, attract more companies to state; state bar sees backlash after stand on parental rights/rape bill; Gov. Hogan’s bill on slashing fees gets slashed itself; bipartisan support aimed at cutting mandated school testing; bill would give tax break to first responders who buy homes, work in Baltimore City; editorial cartoonist Glenn Foden dies; and Sun building up for sale.

State Roundup, March 21, 2016

Despite contentiousness between Gov. Hogan and the Dems, General Assembly agrees to bulk of the Republican’s agenda; House OKs ranking system of transit projects; bills offering tax relief for poor, corporations on path to approval; bill would set standards for giving life without parole; Baltimore City to now appoint its own liquor board members; study finds Maryland police misusing Tasers; Reps. Edwards, Van Hollen come out swinging in first debate; and more dead eagles found -- this time in Delaware.

State Roundup, March 18, 2016

Maryland Senate has passed Gov. Hogan’s $42 billion budget; Senate panel OKs tax relief package; House follows Senate in passing bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions; Senate strips divisive language from state song; bill to put healthy food in some vending machine just didn’t make the cut this year; Hogan says he likes Kasich for president but doesn’t denounce Trump; state expected to announce tax fraud indictments; Hogan could lose power to appoint city liquor board; Edwards, Van Hollen finally meet in first debate and forum; and propriety of ‘Hardball’ guest donations to Matthews’ campaign continue.

State Roundup, March 17, 2016

State lawmakers condemn shackling, strip-searching of children in state juvenile centers; Gov. Hogan’s $42.3 billion budget gets preliminary OK in Senate; across-the-board tax relief plan expected; senators on both sides of aisle blast Hogan administration for lack of direction on some bills; lawmakers consider new ways to help students with school debt; Morgan State lobbies for tech advancement funds; support for Supreme Court nominee hearing falls along party lines; and Senate Pres Miller backs former Lt. Gov. Brown for U.S. House.

State Roundup, March 16, 2016

Senate gives preliminary OK to bill to give tax credit to companies that donate to private schools for scholarships, support some public school programs. Public schools are not happy; House passes drunk driving interlock bill; campus gun ban bill -- containing exemptions -- passes House; you know your bill is in trouble when you are the only one testifying; amendment would stop aircraft land assessment; Gov. Hogan won’t submit new city liquor board nominees; President Obama kills Atlantic drilling plan; and Senate hopeful Edwards questions “born to the job” characterization of rival.

State Roundup, March 15, 2016

Bill that would allow for lower wages in some school construction jobs fails to make it out of committee; compromise state song moving forward; Maryland college program helps schools innovate; poll finds Gov. Hogan supports are young, African-American; County Exec Kamenetz, U.S. Rep. Van Hollen call on Hogan to address Trump issue; Kamenetz, Senate Pres Miller endorse Van Hollen while space union chides U.S. Rep. Edwards; and the sniping begins in the 8th Congressional District race.