State Roundup: Gov hopeful Schulz opposed to vaxx mandates; Purple Line construction to restart by spring

State Roundup: Gov hopeful Schulz opposed to vaxx mandates; Purple Line construction to restart by spring

Early morning fog on Wilde Lake in Columbia. Photo by Jay Hierholzer from his Facebook page.

GOV HOPEFUL SCHULZ SAYS NO TO VAXX MANDATES: State Commerce Secretary and GOP gubernatorial candidate Kelly Schulz Monday reiterated her opposition to government sanctioned COVID-19 vaccine mandates, Bryan Renbaum of Maryland Reporter writes. “I have been double-vaccinated. And I look forward to very soon getting my booster shot. Same with my husband — to make sure that he and I remain safe, and that our family remains safe,” Schulz said. Her opposition to mandates seemingly conforms with standard Republican orthodoxy.

INFRASTRUCTURE WORK IN STATE’s FUTURE: Kevin Kinnally of Conduit Street breaks down what President Biden’s infrastructure package could mean for Maryland, including $4.1 billion for highway aid and $409 million for bridge replacement and repairs.

PURPLE LINE CONSTRUCTION TO RESTART BY SPRING: Long-suffering communities along the partially built Purple Line will likely see construction fully resume by spring, Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said Monday. Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters reports that his comments came after the state chose Maryland Transit Solutions, a newly formed consortium, to complete the project.

O’MALLEY FORMS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE: Recently retired Baltimore Judge Catherine “Katie” Curran O’Malley formed a campaign committee Monday, a first step toward a possible run for attorney general. O’Malley, 59, is a Democrat who spent two decades as a Baltimore District Court judge and worked as a Baltimore County prosecutor before that, Pamela Wood of the Sun reports.

MO CO DEMS SEEK TO FILL DUMAIS HOUSE SEAT: Montgomery County Democrats on Monday kicked off their efforts to fill a District 15 state delegate seat, which Del. Kathleen Dumais is leaving after Gov. Larry Hogan named her to be a Circuit Court judge, Ana Radelat reports for Bethesda Beat.

PG LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 23 CHANGING IN NUMEROUS WAYS: The political fallout continues from former state Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters’ decision to resign and take a seat on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Peters’ appointed replacement for the Prince George’s County District 23 seat, Ronald Watson Jr., who had been a delegate, has begun to assert his authority as leader of the district’s legislative delegation. It appears that the district, which has been split between two House subdistricts, will become unified, thus electing three House members and scrambling the political calculus in innumerable ways, Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters reports.

VAXX CLINICS START FOR KIDS 5-11: The Prince George’s County Health Department will oversee the clinics at 37 elementary schools and 15 high schools for more than a month. About 300 people pre-registered for Monday’s clinic in Glenarden, reports William Ford for the Washington Informer. Children who receive the first dose at one of the elementary or high schools may return three weeks later to get the second and final dose.

OPINION: TRANSPARENCY IN HARFORD HEALTH OFFICER FIRING NEEDED: In a column for the Aegis, Dr. David Bishai, who was fired by the Harford County Council as county health officer, opines that “My abrupt termination amid a smoke screen to cover political motivation might be permissible treatment for an at-will employee of the state, but it is at odds with transparent governance. … I want the residents to know that I for one would welcome an open inquiry into my conduct of the Health Department, and I wish the Board of Health agreed to be more transparent.”

FRANCHOT RUNNING MATE STEPS DOWN FROM COUNCIL: Less than two weeks after being chosen to run for lieutenant governor alongside Comptroller Peter Franchot, Prince George’s Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker stepped down from her county post, effective immediately, Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters reports.

LAWYERS’ PRO BONO WORK DROPS: The percentage of Maryland lawyers who reported doing some pro bono work fell slightly last year, according to a report that captures data from the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, Madeleine O’Neill of the Daily Record reports. Overall, Maryland lawyers provided more than 1 million hours of pro bono services between July 2019 and June 2020. But the proportion of lawyers who provided those services fell to just below 40%, down from 41% in the previous reporting period and about 45% in the three previous years.

ARUNDEL TEACHERS UNION FILE GRIEVANCE: The Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County has sent a grievance to the Board of Education alleging contract violations, including an increase to the amount of nonprofessional work teachers are doing, such as monitoring recess. The union’s contract states that except for in emergencies, individually assigned, nonprofessional duties cannot exceed 20 minutes per day during the student day, Rachael Pacella of the Capital Gazette reports.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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