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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.