State Roundup August 19, 2016

Firms rejected for preliminary medical marijuana licenses seeking answers from commission as several with political ties get chosen; following deaths of family of eight state now requires more notice by utilities of service cutoff; state Senate Pres Mike Miller schmoozes Republicans down the ocean; candidate for Arundel Circuit judgeship guilty of ethics violation in D.C.; and state gives grants to Baltimore City to prevent sewer releases, improve handling of sexual assault cases.

State Roundup, August 18, 2016

Hogan administration backs away from quick implementation of transit project scoring system; despite wishes for diversity, potential medical marijuana licensees lack it; state legislative leaders promise to hold Baltimore City school harmless with tax break to Port Covington; state pitches in $2.5 million for Ellicott City work; Frederick, other counties to get more voting machines; union, DJS at odds over facility staffing numbers; yes, county officials statewide are concerned about liability from Pokemon Go; longtime Republican operative says he might be voting for Clinton; Trump may falter when it comes to Catholics’ votes; and it’s late to the game, but Baltimore County Council to begin live-streaming meetings.

State Roundup, August 17, 2016

The small town of Hancock ready to be part-owner of a medical marijuana company; restaurateur also has eyes on the business; meanwhile, Allegany County still has hopes of getting into the game; as officials head to MACo conference, transportation issues may be front and center; three Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls also will be schmoozing at the shore; will Trump’s poor polling number be ominous for Kathy Szeliga’s chances in the Senate?; and FCC looks into stingray cell phone tracking by Baltimore City Police.

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State Roundup, August 16, 2016

News outlets pounce on the preliminary medical marijuana licensees to find out which of 30 companies are in their regions. At least one county walked away empty-handed; the Supreme Court likely to look at how many states — not just Maryland — are drawing their congressional maps for partisan advantage; transportation funding law expected to be a hot topic as MACo summer conference kicks off; and Baltimore City Council puts possible $15 wage on hold.

State Roundup, August 15, 2016

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus vows to act aggressively on Department of Justice’s scathing report on discrimination by Baltimore City police and protesters arrested at FOP conference; Juveniles Services says it will consider limiting usage of shackles, strip searches on young prisoners; pre-approvals for medical marijuana licensing to be announced; Gov. Hogan seeks federal disaster aid for Ellicott City; Howard County will look to controlled development to curb future flooding; new heated walkway at governor’s mansion raises Democrats’ eyebrows; UMBC under federal probe over handling of rape cases; and changes at the top for both Maryland Dems and GOP.

State Roundup, August 12, 2016

Gov. Hogan, Democratic leaders re-ignite clash of transportation spending, project scoring system; Moody’s issues “negative alert” after Hogan withhold education funds from counties; medical marijuana industry seeks legal ways to keep dollars safe outside of leery banks; Maryland Lottery sees record sales; DOJ report on Baltimore Police says rape cases were mishandled; Maryland Live generates $18 million for grants to Anne Arundel, organizations; and Maryland to move Frederick City DSS office.

Reacting to the release of the Justice Department report: Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division.

State Roundup, August 11, 2016

The federal Department of Justice issues a 163-page report that outlines the abuses committed by the Baltimore City Police Department in its interactions with African American communities, including illegal stops and unnecessary use of tasers; the would-be mayor, Catherine Pugh, says she’d keep Commissioner Davis on to lead reforms, Gov. Hogan says he hasn’t read report yet and former city Mayor O’Malley sidesteps questions on his much-criticized zero-tolerance policy; Ellicott City gets federal disaster designation; MVA extends deadline for proving citizenship, residency for commercial drivers, which could help immigrants; Tax Free Week begins Sunday; and Republican Connie Morella backs Clinton for president.

State Roundup, August 10, 2016

Brit Kirwan gets bipartisan leadership nod to head school funding panel; Simonaires team up to introduce bill to make attack on police a hate crime; Gov. Hogan asks feds to declare Ellicott City a disaster; counties struggle to meet Hogan deadline on transit project reporting; Joe Cluster nominated to replace dad in State House; activist DeMarco takes to the streets on wheels to lobby for override of Hogan vetoes; Baltimore City minimum wage barely passes council; anti-immigration group says it helped Montgomery term limit petitioning; and Washington County to cut back on testing kindergartners.

State Roundup, August 9, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces $3 million in grants to fight heroin epidemic in nine jurisdictions, but Baltimore City didn’t apply; citing backlog of cases, mental-health advocates demand more staff, ask that facilities be re-opened; Baltimore City Council takes first step toward $15 minimum wage; and petitions presented in Montgomery County to term-limit County Executive, Council.

State Roundup, August 8, 2016

Helen Delich Bentley, former congresswoman, port advocate, Republican firebrand, dies at 92, is honored by many across political spectrum; medical marijuana panel whittles applicants down in first round; Gov. Hogan calls MSEA ‘union thugs’ after they make request; grid operator suspends power line after Hogan outlines rate hike concern; in address to Urban League confab, Hogan seeks bipartisan solutions; Senate candidate Szeliga continues to back liberal gun ownership; Baltimore City to tackle minimum wage; and Montgomery County Council considers term limits.