State Roundup, May 25, 2016

State school board names new superintendent from within; 70 state dietary workers will keep jobs; reviewer says state won’t OK new Prince George’s regional hospital without major changes; hat’s off to Gov. Hogan on his 60th; despite state ruling that BDC violated Open Meetings Law, little in the way of consequences; and U.S. Rep. Edwards finally speaks out after Senate loss, talks of glass ceiling for women, minorities.

State Roundup, May 24, 2016

A Maryland gun control group hopes to get U.S. Senate candidates to support extending state bill on handgun licensing to nation; Gov. Hogan signs bill to strengthen equal pay law; in final tally, 1,650 ballots in Baltimore City were said to be mishandled; Officer Nero acquitted in Freddie Gray death, and state, city leaders are in Vegas; acquittal brings out prosecutor Mosby’s admirers, detractors; state finds BDC violated Open Meetings Laws with Port Covington closed door session; in small, local elections, young Muslim women are testing the political waters; judge delays state law that changes Arundel School Board Nominating Commission makeup while SBNC sends six names to Hogan for two openings; and U.S. Rep. Cummings to oversee panel forming Democratic Party platform.

State Roundup, May 23, 2016

Advocates, entrepreneurs bemoan cap on medical marijuana businesses; busted mah-jongg game leads to bill that allows some home gambling; while Gov. Hogan signed more than 600 bills into law this year, none had Del. Herb McMillan as primary sponsor, and he’s wondering why; legal definition of “parentage” in Maryland hasn’t kept pace with changing times; Maryland veterans of Vietnam War celebrated by MPT; Baltimore City election review turns up more oddities; Arundel School Board Nominating Commission kicks off with controversy; and Martin O’Malley reveals presidential debate questions allotment.

State Roundup, May 20, 2016

Gov. Hogan signs 144 bills into law, leaves 100 dangling. Bills signed include wider use of ignition interlock devices, crime prevention and prison population reduction; state audit finds 800 Baltimore City ballots miscounted; senior Hogan advisor, Change Maryland co-founder, to work for Hogan nonprofit; Szeliga seeks series of debates with Van Hollen in U.S. Senate race; Frederick County Council pres drops GOP for veering into extremism; Trump control of GOP not seen as aberration; and Maryland Trump delegate indicted.

State Roundup, May 19, 2016

Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz says he’ll speed school AC install after Hogan-Franchot alliance votes to withhold $15 million in school construction funds; state’s school building panel refuses to decide where to cut that $15 million, sending decision back to Gov. Hogan; Hogan to hold final bill signing today, with 143 pieces of legislation before him, including Noah’s Law; state elections board wrapping up review of Baltimore City voter irregularities; blue crab making a comeback in the Chesapeake; and GOP candidate Szeliga back hearing for Supreme Court nominee Garland.

State Roundup, May 18, 2016

Baltimore City school officials are asking the state Board of Public Works to reconsider its withholding of construction funds over window AC situation; state’s glowing assessment of air quality omitted sulfur dioxide from report; state elections officials reviewing Baltimore City primary results allow press access -- sort of; study lists Top 30 bottlenecks on Maryland roadways; Gov. Hogan names new chief of Maryland Energy Administration; and U.S. Rep. Sarbanes tapped for opioid conference committee.

State Roundup, May 17, 2016

Two legislators, student supporters urge Gov. Hogan to sign bill to provide tax credit for those with student loan debt above $20,000; state elections officials work behind closed doors as they check for Baltimore City voting irregularities; three Maryland school administrators OK with Obama bathroom-gender directive; insurance navigators finding it more difficult to locate pockets of uninsured; Baltimore City’s congressional delegation targets opioid abuse in House package; U.S. Senate confirms District judge; and Supreme Court declines to hear Baltimore County nuns’ case on Obama birth control issue.

State Roundup, May 16, 2016

New progressive lawmakers in Annapolis hope to nudge Democrats left; new Maryland law expected to raise awareness about unlicensed child care facilities, provide better enforcement; as GOP moves right, Citizens United head takes over as Maryland GOP national committeeman; also at Annapolis GOP meeting, not every Republican is rallying around Trump; law firm sets sights on helping new medical marijuana businesses in Maryland; Baltimore City voters feel less confident in voting system; and Arundel resolution has some worried about limiting government transparency.

State Roundup, May 13, 2016

Gov. Hogan announces announces another round of fee cuts without legislative approval -- this worth $60 million over five years; state Board of Elections decertifies Baltimore City elections after finding number of votes higher than voter check-off; in the politic governing school air conditioning, Hogan pleased with resignation of head of school construction panel; NAACP hopeful after state panel finds that Talbot council violated open meetings law over Talbot Boys statue discussion; Prince George’s residents file complaint against state over power plant OK; and 39-year-old three-term mayor of District Heights dies.

State Roundup, May 12, 2016

In escalating fight over air conditioning BPW withholds millions from Baltimore City, County schools prompting resignation of head of school construction panel; federal appeals court hears case challenging state ban on assault weapons; new DNR regs stop Bel Air tradition of frog-jumping contest, turtle derby on July 4th; Congress takes up issues surrounding corporate fantasy sports games; Sens. Mikulski, Cardin challenge OC FEMA flood mapping; Sheila Dixon won’t seek vote recount in Baltimore City mayor’s race; Mikulski meets with Supreme Court nominee, considers Clinton White House.