State Roundup, September 16, 2016

Maryland’s public school construction funding process could change; Baltimore County plan to air condition schools gets boost from Interagency Commission on School Construction; state announces comprehensive drug take-back program for Carroll County; Carroll Commissioners give medical pot advocates a small victory; state’s Justice Reform package called not soft on crime; some Frederick lawmakers critical of Gov. Hogan’s school start order; Hogan says he’s finishing up cancer treatment; former Sen. Nancy Jacobs announces cancer diagnosis; and former Gov. Ehrlich backs Del. McDonough in race against U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger.

State Roundup, September 15, 2016

Studies find the Affordable Care Act slowing cost of health insurance in Maryland and nationwide; Gov. Hogan endorses Ami Hoeber in race for John Delaney’s House seat; Mark Plaster’s run against John Sarbanes really a race against a gerrymandered district; Senate hopeful OK two broadcast debates, series of forums; Government House preps for first wedding in 14 years — Hogan’s daughter; in history-making move, Carla Hayden sworn in as first woman, first African-American Librarian of Congress; and Baltimore City mayor proposes temporary fix to Confederate monuments issue.

State Roundup, September 14, 2016

While members of Maryland’s judiciary call on legislators to ensure prompt mental health evaluations for defendants, state says it has almost eliminated the backlog of those in need; College Park, UMB join forces to create terrorism/counter terrorism studies in hopes of luring FB HQ to state; chairman of fracking study panel critical of Gov. Hogan’s stand on regulations; Hogan taps Gerald Clark to replace Anthony O’Donnell in the House; Frederick County Council begins tackling 2017 legislative agenda; and Prince George’s hopes to funnel some casino revenues to high schools.

State Roundup, September 13, 2016

Republican nominee for president Donald Trump, with Giuliani and Ehrlich in tow, woos Dundalk diner crowd; medical marijuana companies protest removal from list after panel sought geographic diversity; Baltimore City prosecutor who protested Freddie Gray officer prosecutions named to bench; Gov. Hogan to endorse Amie Hoeber in race for Senate; airplane surveillance over Baltimore City was tested in 2008; and Robin Flicker seeks to be defendant in suit against petitions.

State Roundup, September 12, 2016

Black Caucus hopes to stop final medical pot licensing until minority businesses make the final cut; three legislative panel to address problem of criminal defendants who need psychological evaluations; UM may have killed Caret’s bonus, but it will still find ways to give him more money; Robin Ficker won’t be defendant in suit against his term limit petition drive; Baltimore County warns workers about unseemly online behavior; prez candidate in Baltimore today; Wisconsin governor addresses MD GOP; and President Obama golfs in Caves Valley.

State Roundup, September 9, 2016

Advocacy group says it will push lawmakers to require companies to process of pricing of prescription drugs; Gov. Hogan gives state workers volunteering time; three named to Baltimore City bench; Hogan uses controversy over school start order to fund-raise; Van Hollen, Szeliga battle with dueling endorsements; future of Taney bust returns to Frederick city hands; and former Carroll commissioner files open meetings suit against Taneytown officials.

State Roundup, September 8, 2016

Treasurer Kopp takes time out of BPW meeting to call out Gov. Hogan on school start exec order, calling it an “abuse of power;” Hogan to lead trade mission to Israel, hoping to snag cybersecurity companies; BPW delays contract award to give long-time vendor chance to appeal; U.S. Rep. Cummings hosts public forum on Baltimore City DOJ report; Anne Arundel student takes politicians to task over transgender suggestion; and former Sun reporter, author on Vietnam Robert Timberg dies.

State Roundup, September 7, 2016

Senate Pres Miller, House Speaker Busch ask Hogan to speak to panel on $20 million Grumman grant. He says no; medical pot panel says to reach racial diversity among business owners, delays could occur in implementing industry; Prince George’s Exec Baker urges Maryland congressional delegation to push feds to commit to Maryland for FBI HQ before state loses clout; maglev proponent says groundbreaking could occur in three years; Joe Custer takes father’s House seat; poll finds Van Hollen leads Szeliga in Senate race; Dem VP hopeful Tim Kaine fund-raising in Maryland; with post-Labor Day school start set for 2017, Washington County considers killing spring break; and Republicans on Arundel Council asks school board to reconsider transgender guidelines.

State Roundup, September 6, 2016

New Maryland poll finds Trump in the dumps, while Hogan’s popularity soars to 71%; state lawmakers consider regulating police surveillance programs following disclosure of Baltimore City sky spying; Gov. Hogan’s school executive order doesn’t seem to affect his popularity, but Sen. Pinsky says accommodating it may upset parents; Maryland resisting more cuts to carbon-emission pollution; former Harford Del. Riley dies at 70; future of Frederick’s Roger Taney bust stands in limbo; opponent to term limits in Montgomery seeks to keep issue off ballot; and state agency questions Towson mall over banning unaccompanied minors.

State Roundup, September 2, 2016

Following Gov. Hogan’s executive order on school start dates, county executives, politicians and superintendents scramble to comply or fight the decision; but Hogan does have his backers; medical marijuana panel members meet with attorney general over lack of diversity in initial licensing of pot companies; but head of panel defends its process; and Arundel County Exec Schuh asks school board to reconsider allowing transgender kids to use bathrooms of their gender identity.