State Roundup, April 25, 2017

Three medical examiners to be hired in medical examiner’s officer overburdened by opioid-related deaths; new synthetic opioid meant for large animals making its way onto Maryland streets, accounting for three deaths thus far; Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein poised to be confirmed to serve as deputy attorney general; bay advocates to test oyster growth in the Patapsco; Howard school board, superintendent clash; Del. Impallaria sentenced to two days following summer drunk driving arrest; and Montgomery elections officials to review voter registration rolls.

State Roundup, April 24, 2017

Gov. Hogan orders reps on school construction panel to boycott meeting; Maryland said to be better prepared than other states should a public health emergency occur; Good Samaritan rule extended to those treating animals during an emergency; Howard fire officials get law enforcement privileges; jurisdictions may shorten spring break in 2018 to accommodate Hogan school order; proposal in Howard to establish public financing of local elections gets strong backing; Hood College Republicans address controversial display; and Maryland congressional delegation holds public forum.

Rascovar: Larry Hogan Sr. showed courage when it counted

Congressman Larry Hogan, Sr. stood alone and defied his party, voting not once but three times to impeach Republican President Richard Nixon. It was the most principled stand taken by a Maryland politician in our lifetimes. He did what was right, not what was politically correct. Hogan died last week at 88, eclipsed in the public eye by his son and namesake, the current Maryland governor – an office the father was denied due to his impeachment stance.

State Roundup, April 21, 2017

Larry Hogan Sr., Nixon-era congressman, former Prince George’s county exec and father of current governor, dies at 88; Gov. Hogan’s criticism of Purple Line judge shy on truth; Metro GM’s plan to save regional transit system draws good response from some, criticism from union; Anne Arundel County sets up 24-hour safe spaces for drug addicts to seek help; Montgomery County candidates flock to public financing; hate-crime charge dropped in political sign-burning; and Sinclair talk of buying Trib Media heats up again.

State Roundup, April 20, 2017

Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus sees mixed outcomes for its agenda; chance of special session to deal with medical marijuana dims; Gov. Hogan announces work on crowded I-270 set for the fall; Hogan says judge who delayed Purple Line has a conflict of interest; new regulations make it easier to recruit former pot smokers into police ranks; Baltimore County school board to begin search for new super as it bemoans loss of Dallas Dance; Baltimore County exec, Republican council members face off over involvement in immigration enforcement; and proposal to save Metro eyes unions, local government funds.

State Roundup, April 19, 2017

Baltimore County schools chief Dance quits as second term gets under way; Senate Pres Miller says if a special session is held, lawmakers will consider bill to strip parental rights from rapists; Gov. Larry Hogan signs more than 200 bills into law, including ones to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and to extend tax benefits to first responders; conservative group threatens to suit the state over un-purged Montgomery voter logs; political commentator Laslo Boyd says Hogan is not unbeatable; two face hate crime, arson charges in burning of Trump campaign sign; and

Columbia at 50 Part 10: Arts at the Heart of the New Town

This is the 10th part in a series of 12 monthly essays leading up to Columbia’s 50th birthday celebration in June. The Merriweather Post Pavilion was one of the first structures built before Columbia even had its first residents. Now it is being redeveloped and is at the center of the Merriweather District that is part of Columbia’s new downtown. But Merriweather is only part of the arts scene in the planned community.

State Roundup, April 18, 2017

The Post editorial board urges the General Assembly to get its act together and fix the law that grants parental rights to rapists; Maryland, D.C. and Virginia could find compromises to repair Metro system; opioid crisis needs to be treated as a mental health issue, physician says; environmental activists want $100 million to continue Bay cleanup program, but Trump administrations suggest $0; Project Baltimore looks at ways to repair school funding situation; parents relieved that state ends suspensions of youngest students; and Del. Frick plans run for Congress.

Opinion: How to stop abuse of prescription opioids

As a physician on the front lines of the battle against heroin and prescription opioid abuse, I have seen the triumphs and the tragedies that epitomize Maryland’s fight against addiction, writes Dr. Mary Jo Cannon. That experience has taught me that the best way Maryland policymakers can combat addiction is to treat it as a disease of the brain.

State Roundup, April 17, 2017

Women legislators call group of five men considering law governing parental rights of rapists “tone deaf;”1,200 sign up for medical marijuana in initial rollout of program; Maryland’s new law allowing attorney general to go after generic drug price gouging may have national impact; lawmakers give attorney general new powers; definition of rape gets broadened in bill expecting governor’s signature; Arundel, Carroll and Washington counties see different outcomes after legislative session; Dems crowd field hoping to make Larry Hogan a one-term Republican governor; and progressives make a comeback in Anne Arundel.