State Roundup: Hogan pauses California emissions standard in Maryland; gamblers spend $186M in 8 days of online betting; state GOP faces tough task ahead

State Roundup: Hogan pauses California emissions standard in Maryland; gamblers spend $186M in 8 days of online betting; state GOP faces tough task ahead

State would allow newer vehicles to wait six years to be tested for emissions. Photo by Matt Boitor on Unsplash

HOGAN PAUSES ‘CALIFORNIA’ NEW VEHICLE REQUIREMENT: The Hogan administration is pausing the state’s participation in a multi-state alliance that requires new vehicles sold in Maryland to meet the same emissions standards as those sold in California, a state official said Monday. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

$186M SPENT IN FIRST 8 DAYS OF ONLINE BETTING: Gamblers using their sports betting apps wagered over $186 million in the first eight days that online betting was operational at the end of November, according to the latest monthly revenue report from state regulators posted Monday. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

LACK OF INTERPRETATION SERVICES HARMING NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS: Even though they have the financial resources from the federal government to help non-fluent English speakers receive interpretation services, many Maryland mental health providers choose not to, a study released last week found. The study cites three specific real-life examples of young adults and children not being able to receive mental health services because of their preferred languages. Merdie Nzanga/Maryland Matters.

REUNITING THE REPUBLICANS THE TASK AHEAD: Gordana Schifanelli — who lost a bid to become Maryland’s lieutenant governor last month — alleged the process to pick the chair of the state Republican Party was rigged against her. Her name did not appear on the ballot and Nicole Beus Harris, a veteran conservative political and marketing consultant, was selected to chair the state Republican Party. She is married to Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, the state’s only GOP congressman. Dirk Haire did not seek re-election to that post. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

  • For Maryland Republicans, the 2022 general election is probably one to forget. And the turmoil created by Schifanelli supporters that ended with the election of Beus Harris as party chair is probably one that they want to bury as well. Where do the Republicans go from here? Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

JESSICA & DIRK HAIRE SAY SO LONG TO POLITICS, FOR NOW: Jessica and Dirk Haire want to set a few things straight. They’re not moving to North Carolina, as some have speculated. Jessica Haire lost her bid to unseat Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Dirk decided against seeking another term as chair of the state GOP. So, they’re headed out of politics for now. Last week, they sat down for a short interview in Annapolis about what went wrong, what they got right and where they go from here. Rick Hutzell/The Baltimore Banner.

KERFUFFLE IN FREDERICK ANNAPOLIS DELEGATION: The four Democrats in Frederick County’s delegation to Annapolis are disagreeing with the decision to elect two Republicans as the delegation’s chair and vice chair. Eleven of the 15-member delegation are Republican. Del. Jesse Pippy was elected as its chair and Sen.-elect Bill Folden as its vice chair. Jack Hogan/The Frederick News Post.

COURT HANDS JOURNALISTS VICTORY ON COURT RECORDING: A federal judge has handed a victory to a group of journalists and advocates who argued that Maryland’s ban on broadcasting legally obtained recordings of court hearings violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.

SEN. KRAMER, MO CO COUNCIL SPAR OVER PROPOSED PLANNING BILLS: The Montgomery County Council signaled its opposition of two state bills proposed by state Sen. Ben Kramer on Monday, in a fiery meeting where Kramer interrupted council members multiple times, but ultimately was unable to convince them to support his proposals. Kramer’s bills focus on the state’s Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a bi-county agency serving Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat.

B’MORE AUDIT FINDS ‘SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES’ IN GRANT MANAGEMENT: An annual audit of Baltimore’s finances found instances of serious fault with how well the city adheres to rules governing federal contracts. City Comptroller Bill Henry noted Monday that a company that contracts with the city to review city finances had found four “significant deficiencies” concerning contracts with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during fiscal year 2021. Lia Russell/The Baltimore Sun.

JOHN RAVEKES, FORMER COMMUNITY COLLEGES PRESIDENT, DIES: John E. Ravekes, a career educator who served as president of both Dundalk and Essex community colleges and the driving force behind the building of the Dundalk Community Theatre, died Nov. 9 at Brightview Catonsville Senior Assisted Living & Memory Care. The former longtime Towson resident was 84. Fred Rasmussen/The Baltimore Sun.

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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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