State Roundup, February 16, 2018

Kirwan education panel comes out with preliminary report as lawmakers propose $33 million in education fixes; Gov. Hogan urges leaders of the U.S. Senate to kill a House spending provision that would strip the EPA of its authority over the Chesapeake Bay cleanup; new report finds Frederick sewage treatment plant along the Monocacy problematic; protesters circle Government House to oppose gas pipeline beneath the Potomac; House panel effectively kills sick leave law delay; gun rights protesters sue Capital police; Hogans tout Korean dishes in honor of Winter Olympics and Sen. Klausmeier leads Republican rival in new Democratic poll.

State Roundup, February 15, 2018

Gov. Hogan backing financial lockbox for school funding from casino revenues, but won’t seek constitutional amendment; women’s rights advocates sympathize with parents of slain pregnant woman but ask lawmakers to keep homicide law to just viable fetuses; after perpetrator of noose incident is found not guilty of a hate crime, Sen. Astle seeks to expand its definition; Del. Kipke pushes to give parents of addicted adult children ability to intercede; Baltimore Mayor Pugh won’t disband police force despite legislator’s suggestion; and gubernatorial hopeful Jim Shea picks running mate from Baltimore City council.

State Roundup, February 14, 2018

Baltimore City delegate suggests disbanding entire Baltimore City Police Department following federal corruption convictions, slew of guilty pleas; get a glimpse of the social calendar of Maryland lawmakers; judges defend large pay hike before Appropriations Committee; proposed legislation would ensure female inmates are fully supplied with tampons and pads; Del. Young proposes bill to even out the wage gap; Gov. Hogan declares “Year of Frederick Douglass,” announces new statewide tour of his life in Maryland; Del. Lam to run for retiring Sen. Kasemeyer’s seat; and Maryland senators call on Trump administration to protect authority within Consumer Protection Division.

State Roundup, February 13, 2018

The Trump administration is walking away from proposals to build new FBI headquarters in D.C. burbs; despite lobbyist-paid dinners, most legislators take 100% of per diem meal; Gov. Hogan set to sign bill to allow victims to terminate rapists’ parental rights today; 2nd Amendment advocates rally in Annapolis; Hogan, cabinet meet in Baltimore County, fan out to get to know voters; moderate Democrats are disappearing from the State House; and David Trone gets support from Rushern Baker in run for U.S. House.

State Roundup, February 12, 2018

Business owners scramble to address sick-leave law, which took effect Sunday following failure to delay implementation; Gov. Hogan signs executive order to formalize process for granting parole to juveniles given life sentences; Sen. Currie’s wife as his assistant highlights aging of state legislature; new legislation would curb small craft brewery sales; legislature considers how to compensate victims of rogue police officers; large pay hikes proposed for state’s 313 judges; bill to cut tackle football in children met with resistance; Baltimore City shuts entire Metro SubwayLink system for much needed repairs; charges dropped against 2nd Amendment picketers; and with opposition from shore towns, U.S. Rep. Harris also turns against Trump proposal for off-shore drilling.

State Roundup, February 9, 2018

Despite Senate passage of delay bill, sick leave policy expected to take effect on Sunday since House has probably won’t take it up; respected and powerful Sen. Kasemeyer announces his retirement; advocates for children urge financial penalties for those failing to report abuse; lawmakers push to yank CEO title from Baltimore City schools chief; bill would shield abuse survivors’ from being tracked; and another union that once backed Donna Edwards throws its weight behind Angela Alsobrooks for Prince George’s exec.

State Roundup, February 8, 2018

Gov. Hogan walks back Transportation Secretary Rahn’s “blank check” remark concerning Amazon; Women’s Caucus releases recommendations to root out, prevent harassment in the State House, hears from victim who worked in O’Malley administration; state Senate OKs delay in sick leave law implementation; advocates believe approval of recreational marijuana is no longer wishful thinking; Maryland’s U.S. senators work to improve state’s standing in federal budget deal; Hogan touts 2nd victory over cancer; Maryland among Top 5 jurisdictions in paying for opioid crisis; and tuition-free community colleges pushed as a social justice issue.

State Roundup, February 7, 2018

Transportation Secretary Rahn promises Amazon ‘blank check’ for transportation upgrades for move to Maryland; bill to delay sick leave implementation delayed again; state Senate passes bill to aid taxpayers hit by Trump tax plan; delegate believes he has a fix to state’s gerrymandering problem; bill would stop pre-high school kids from playing tackle football on public fields; Hogan bill to videotape session gets weak support; larger 2nd amendment protest to follow Monday’s Annapolis arrests as ACLU expresses concern; state loan spurs Black & Decker’s growth; and as Sen. Cardin files for re-election, he loses top committee slot.

State Roundup, February 6, 2018

Gun advocates arrested at Annapolis protest; growing support for clean energy bill pushes agenda faster than expected; Six Maryland jurisdictions – and possibly the state – suing drug companies over opioid crisis, reminiscent of tobacco suits of the 1990s; state lawmakers seek more funding to prevent gun violence in Baltimore City; Del. Szeliga, Sen. Jennings concerned over high voltage power line project in Harford; developer returns with new study to spur state to move on State Center redevelopment; and independent Potomac businessman announces run against Sen. Cardin.

State Roundup, February 5, 2018

Bill to help small businesses by delaying implementation of sick leave law gets a reprieve, Senate vote tonight; as state child care vouchers lose value, lawmakers consider changes to address issue; Washington County sheriff says medical marijuana law creates obstacles for law enforcement when it comes to inmates in program; Baltimore City officials to back statewide minimum wage hike proposal; judge order Maryland regulators to pay doctor; Del. Dan Morhaim to retire, says he won’t seek 7th term; Craig Wolf, who is challenging Brian Frosh for attorney general, gives interview; and a young candidate for Montgomery Council is racking up support.