State Roundup, July 14, 2017

As Hogan administration, top Dems in constitutional standoff, Hogan staff, acting secretary claim that Senate President Miller held the health secretary’s nomination hostage to stop an Arundel hospital from getting OK for heart procedure; plaintiffs in state gerrymandering suit ask court to move on Maryland case; Maryland’s congressional Democrats urge Trump administration to keep shore compound out of Russian hands, reverse plans to close bio-threat facilities; four Democratic hopefuls for governor address union local; Sen. Sanders touts Ben Jealous in gubernatorial push; Del. Aruna Miller rolls out coffers in race to take U.S. Rep. Delaney’s seat; Belair businessowner to run against U.S. Rep. Harris, unhappy with answers on women’s health care premiums; and Montgomery panel examines eliminating at-large council seats.

State Roundup, July 13, 2017

Maryland jumps five slots to No. 25 in CNBC annual list of best states to do business; meanwhile, Democrats charge that under Gov. Hogan, job growth in Maryland is stagnant; pay for two Hogan cabinet secretaries stopped as of June 30; Hogan to attend National Governors Association meeting; gubernatorial hopeful offers child-care loan idea to get new moms back into the workforce; Frederick County Councilman Delauter, Del. Afzali dispute hints at head-to-head in race for GOP nomination for Frederick County exec; and Mayor Pugh defends unrevealed plan for violence reduction.

State Roundup, July 12, 2017

FBI, GSA say federal budget killed new FBI HQ, but Maryland officials say they will continue to pursue project; Treasurer Kopp says she will withhold pay from Secretary Shrader and Peters; lawyers in Maryland gerrymander case seek to push case forward despite Wisconsin holdup; DNC start Khizr Khan to speak at Town unity rally; hate incidents rise in Montgomery schools; Speaker Busch recuperating after liver transplant; Vermont Sen. Sanders to endorse Ben Jealous for Maryland governor; and Montgomery Council head opposes 2nd Potomac bridge.

State Roundup, July 11, 2017

Federal government kills plan to move FBI HQ, ending push by Maryland to bring complex to Prince George’s and drawing harsh local criticism; state GOP lawmakers ask Attorney General Frosh to cool suits against federal government; Baltimore Mayor Pugh, Gov. Hogan meet to talk solutions to city’s soaring homicide rate; Hogan in no hurry to declare for next campaign; Baltimore City gets state, private funding to attack opioid crisis; federal voter fraud panel tells states to hold off on sending data; crowded field for Howard County Council as term limits kick in, and same for Montgomery County, along with public campaign financing.

State Roundup, July 10, 2017

Attorney General Frosh says two cabinet appointees cannot continue to receive paychecks while Gov. Hogan fires back with opposing legal view; Hogan says he is against offshore gas drilling, asks Trump administration for more tests; state program helps farmers buy land; advocates ask Hogan to protect Obamacare; former U.S. Rep. Edwards, in pro-Obamacare op-ed, cites her battle with multiple sclerosis; future of Russian Eastern Shore compound remains up in air; and three years after purchase, Baltimore Sun to shutter City Paper.

State Roundup, July 7, 2017

Gov. Hogan puts new members on Medical Cannabis Commission, including reluctant Frederick County State’s Attorney; University of Maryland pharmacy school to begin training for medical marijuana industry; a generic drug trade association is suing Maryland over new law intended to block price gouging; doctors are prescribing fewer opioid painkillers, but numbers remain high; Attorney General Frosh sues U.S. Dept. of Education; Maryland seeks to join suit against Trump administration over allowing pesticide; U.S. Rep. Harris threatens to offer legislation to withhold funds from states that don’t turn over voter data; Rockville scientist announces run for House of Delegates; and Hogan offers aid to homicide ridden city.

State Roundup, July 6, 2017

Maryland regulators of medical marijuana industry give OK to Frederick firm to open state’s first dispensary, although no pot is available to sell; BPW OKs modification of state voting system contract after cost is underestimated; MGM National Harbor casino continues to rake in the money while others lag; small urban anchors like Salisbury, Frederick and Cumberland could be where revitalization starts; immigration enforcement spurs concern of state business leaders; Montgomery County celebrates its largest solar array; and Arundel pushes cybersecurity business sector.

State Roundup, July 5, 2017

State elections officials, lawmakers, Attorney General Frosh, ACLU all line up against Trump administration voter rolls request as it probes alleged voter fraud; deputy Secretary of State who sat on Trump voter fraud panel resigns; Frosh seeks dismissal of redistricting suit; as of July 1, new business laws take effect, state bans scholarship displacement, naxolone to be available on school campus; state to address lead poisoning with $7.2 million federal grant; American Petroleum Institute spent most to lobby in Annapolis; Progressives push Ben Jealous gubernatorial candidacy without considering others; and one too many amendments kill ag tourism bill in Anne Arundel.

State Roundup, June 30, 2017

House panel OKs stripping $200 million for new FBI headquarters, imperiling plans for Maryland location; among laws to take effect Saturday: a bill to protect funding for Planned Parenthood if federal cuts occur, one that would give tuition breaks to some out of state students and one to more closely monitor opioid prescriptions; Gov. Hogan headed for an appointment showdown with two secretaries re-appointed, paid without Senate approval; delay possible in Maryland gerrymander case; and HUD chief Carson seeks expansion of privatizing public housing.

State Roundup, June 29, 2017

Dozens of new laws to take effect Saturday, including opioid education programs, governing craft breweries and aiding Planned Parenthood; Comptroller Franchot ramps up work with his craft brewery task force as Virginia seeks to lure Maryland businesses; state Dem Party chair Matthews criticizes Gov. Hogan over “lack of leadership” on U.S. Senate moves against Affordable Care Act; two editorial board give a thumbs up to new state 5-star school ranking plans; in Part 2 of Maryland Divided, two mountain counties are united in landscape, but not in approaches to economic development; medical marijuana business sets sight on Silver Spring shop; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz sounds like he’s running for governor; Del. Frick gears up run for Congress; and three Montgomery Council incumbents say they qualify for public financing.