State Roundup, January 6, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces million plan to tear down vacant Baltimore City buildings as residents ask for affordable housing as a replacement; retirement plan task force ponders incentives and penalties to employers; Haddaway-Riccio named Hogan’s deputy chief of staff; some police chiefs laud Obama’s action on guns; women’s caucus backs Edwards for Senate even as she struggles to build financial stable campaign; and Baltimore Sun company gets a new publisher.

State Roundup, January 5, 2016

Republican lawmaker pushes bill to require public bodies to archive meeting records for five years; political pundit Kurtz looks back at 2015’s notable missteps; Baltimore County Council members criticize Kamenetz for refusing Baltimore City riot funds; Senate candidate Edwards blasts media coverage bias in Oregon standoff compared to Freddie Gray protests; Senate candidate Van Hollen gets support from Baltimore County dems; and Baltimore City council hopeful charged in theft.

State Roundup, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year and Just a week away from the start of the 2016 legislative session in Annapolis and of course issues are burbling to the top: Will the state mandate that many businesses provide paid sick leave to its workers?; is there a way to give ex-offenders a clean slate so that finding work isn’t so difficult?; should the state’s sprinkler mandate be overturned on new home construction?; will automatic voter registration gain traction?; and is there a better roadmap to the state’s transportation system?; In other news: Baltimore City Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s “thank you” sounds like she’s endorsing Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz for higher office; state’s song and motto come under fire; Carson campaign loses top staff; Baltimore City expected to see big turnover within the council; and Carroll commissioners must wrestle with school issues.

State Roundup, December 24, 2015

It’s a quiet morning going into the winter break. Happy holidays and here’s what we know: Baltimore Mayor SRB is supporting the NAACP complaint against the Hogan administration over killing the Red Line; criminal justice reform will be on the legislative agenda; as will lead paint -- and holding manufacturers responsible; the state’s pot panel will be phasing in grow, manufacture and distributor licenses in order; state adds 108 creatures to the list of those at risk; and the annual unclaimed property list includes Nancy Kopp, really.

State Roundup, December 22, 2015

NAACP, ACLU filed civil right complaint against Maryland over Gov. Hogan’s killing of Red Line project; as state medical marijuana commission sets dates for businesses to come on line, Arundel’s County Council unanimously passes related legislation just before deadline; Senate Prez Miller says he has votes to override Hogan veto of bill to make third-party travel websites pay all of the state’s sales tax; ID theft and state tax fraud rises in Maryland; House Speaker Busch, Gov. Hogan announce initiatives to help Baltimore City; Progressive Caucus gives Raskin a boost in House run; and O’Malley returns home to campaign.

State Roundup, December 21, 2015

New commission to tackle school construction needs, but expect Gov. Hogan, legislative leaders to repeat wrestling match of last year; helping immigrant students also comes to the fore; future of the Bay Bridge looks bleak, expensive; more colleges join in partnership with new medical marijuana businesses; Trachtenberg’s not running against U.S. Rep. Delaney, she’s just complying with the FEC; 4th, 8th Congressional District races expected to heat up; O’Malley tries to push through in the Democratic debate; and group airs anti-Dixon ad in Baltimore City mayor’s race.

State Roundup December 18, 2015

Justice panel hopes to reduce inmate population by 20% in four years; Comptroller Franchot, Senate Pres Miller continue war of the words; online fantasy sports getting a once-over by state lawmakers; state, local panels, NAACP seek solid path for changing state song, future of Confederate monuments; Gov. Hogan names Dennis Schrader new appointments secretary; Circuit Court judge replacements tapped; and candidate for Congress donates donations from arrested pharmaceutical chief, hedge fund manager.

State Roundup, December 17, 2015

Gov. Hogan eyes legal barriers to ex-offenders seeking work, forms work group to address the issue; after higher-ed acting secretary resigns, Hogan touts appointments secretary for post; Senate Pres Miller blasts Comptroller Franchot on mis-directed millions, dabbling in local politics; U.S. Sen. Mikulski secures funds for new FBI HQ; U.S. Rep. Delaney says Maryland underperforms; and Emily’s List airs new Edwards for Senate ad.

State Roundup, December 16, 2015

State Board of Revenue Estimates raises two-year projections slightly, but, looking at sluggish employment growth, cautions against exuberance; Gov. Hogan says vast majority of concealed-carry permits approved but advocates are skeptical; Commerce launches initiative to aid Maryland businesses seeking export markets; Baltimore County legislators want prior notice of poor people moving from subsidized homes in city to those in county; Washington County legislators hold marathon session to hear from constituents; Montgomery restaurants work toward breaking county’s liquor system monopoly; meanwhile, Franchot staffer trots out dropped charges against monopoly foe; NOW backs Edwards in Senate race; and former Howard Exec Hugh Nichols dies at 85.

State Roundup, December 15, 2015

Pharmacists in Maryland now able to dispense opioid OD reversal drug to certified people without a prescription; Prince George’s Exec Baker joins U.S. Rep. Van Hollen in asking Gov. Hogan to ban gun sales to those on no-fly list; Attorney General reviewing legality of fantasy sports websites; after screw-up in its own “test” email, Emily’s List files complaint against Van Hollen for purported fix; Maryland, Baltimore City prepare for first verdict in Freddie Gray case; and Washington County braces for rise in homeless pupils.