State Roundup, June 27, 2019

Federal ICE agents take action around state; Sen. Cardin urges support for fallen journalists memorial in D.C.; the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling today on the Maryland, North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases; Hogan administration touts decline in homelessness statewide, but some jurisdictions see increases; horse-racing regulators ignored state law in awarding racetrack subsidies, Sun investigation finds; General Assembly committee is urging state, local jurisdictions to ramp up cybersecurity spending; UM Pharmacy School reverses decision, will now offer graduate degree in medical cannabis; U.S. Rep. Brown says he’s open to another run for governor; and a federal judge won’t rule on dispute over Maryland Public Information Act requests in Baltimore County.

State Roundup, June 26, 2019

MVA offices, already scrambling over REAL ID compliance, now tackling that extra day closed – Friday, July 5; state racing commission delays reimbursing Stronach $4.4 million; Maryland panel probing marijuana legalization meets, under new leadership; Gov. Hogan pushing state agencies to ensure energy savings in state office buildings; Howard County school cafeterias ranked high for healthy foods; VP Pence, in Maryland for GOP Red, White & Blue dinner, gives shoutouts to lots of Republicans, except for Larry whatshisname; Senate panel kills fund request from civilian real estate arm over concerns money will go to D.C. FBI HQ instead of suburban choice; and Baltimore city considers rules for public financing of local campaigns.

State Roundup, June 25, 2019

The Maryland Democratic Party accused nearly 100 donors to Gov. Hogan’s re-election campaign of donating too much money, a claim Hogan’s attorney dismissed as ‘false, sloppy;’ Senate President Miller urging Hogan to release funds for Baltimore police reforms, school construction and rape kits; unredacted complaint indicates pharmaceutical companies coordinated response to congressional inquiry as ‘polite f-u letters;’ few perjury prosecutions amid tens of thousands of failed gun background checks; feds search Metro chair’s home; Maryland’s immigrant communities fear roundups, deportations; and in this week’s Democratic presidential debates: What’s in it for candidate John Delaney, committee chair Tom Perez.

State Roundup, June 24, 2019

General Assembly failed to renew a 23-year-old tax credit program, throwing cold water on Baltimore city development; as Maryland approaches 1st anniversary of Capital-Gazette killings, Tribune Publishing announces plan to build D.C. memorial to slain journalists; Gov. Hogan’s drumbeat maY have helped push Jack Evans’ resignation from Metro board; counties across Maryland find ways to accommodate trending farm-based brewery industry; President Trump’s promise of raids on immigrant communities sends fear throughout state; BSO standoff continues; Corine Frank tapped as new executive director of Maryland GOP; Columbia’s first office building razed; Supreme Court expected to rule on gerrymandering; and Montgomery County Council pushes County Exec Elrich on new emergency communication system.

State Roundup, June 20, 2019

The Board of Public Works approves a $27.5 million contract to demolish the Baltimore City Detention Center to make room for an inmate treatment facility; BPW also OKs Alabama contract delayed in protest by Comptroller Franchot; BPW also dips into its own pot to pay for lawyers’ fees over State Center dispute; three members of the UMMS board accept invitation to return; Metro board chair admits to ethics violations; Gov. Hogan blasts Mo Co Exec Elrich over emergency system outages; Mayor Young wants Stronach to split state funds between Pimlico, Laurel; federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration rules aimed at steering money from Baltimore organizations that provide abortion referrals; U.S. Rep. Brown fails in House panel bid to block Hogan on road widening; Marylander Ta-Nehisi Coates testifies for reparations; later Speaker Clay Mitchell is remembered.

State Roundup, June 19, 2019

Gov. Hogan signs exec order in attempt to defend state agencies against cyber-attacks, names chief to coordinate its management; Hogan again urges head of Metro to resign, urges release of more data in ethics probe; U.S. Rep. Brown maneuvers to stop funding for enviro study on Hogan’s toll lane plans for Capital Beltway, I-270; scientists find that microplastics a growing environmental danger to the Chesapeake Bay; Atty Gen Frosh seeks dismissal of lawsuit by company seeking gas pipeline through Western Maryland; Baltimore city opportunity zone has potential to financial benefit already wealthy Kevin Plank, Goldman Sachs; Stronach Group seeks $4.4 million reimbursement for Laurel Park upgrades; state testing digital license plates; Maryland U.S. reps sign on to federal reparations bill; and Montgomery Exec Elrich blasted over 14-hour emergency radio disruption.

State Roundup, June 18, 2019

Frederic Smalkin, new chair of Handgun Permit Review Board, says board will meet with new, shared understanding of law; Abell report says tough policy on child support more harmful than beneficial for low-income families; legislators continue to push Gov. Hogan on to release fenced-off funding; Atty Gen Frosh warns of cyberattack of some medical records; as BSO lockout continues, musicians protest and talks set for Friday; Frederick County Exec Gardner “surprised” by BPW quick flip on I-270 work; board finds Metro chair Evans violated ethics code; and new leaders to review decades old Baltimore City-Baltimore County water agreement.

State Roundup, June 17, 2019

Gov. Larry Hogan continues to review $200 million in projects including school construction, rape kits and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; state polling E-Z Pass holders over willingness to use tolls lanes as part of push on I-270, Capital Beltway widening; former Sen. Frank Kelly, sons resign from UMMS boards after criticism in being asked to rejoin; long-time political insider Mark Wasserman, UMMS senior vice president of external affairs, a no-show at meeting with Hogan and silent to reporters’ inquiries; tributes to the late Speaker Clay Mitchell pour in; two NAACP chapters as state to probe state delegate’s ‘hang them high’ comment; Georgia abortion law could benefit Maryland film industry; BSO musicians face lockout after board vote; Annapolis wrestles with streaming more public meetings; and former state Del. Donald Hammen dies at 79..

State Roundup, June 13, 2019

Review of UMMS finds more no-bid contracts with members of board of directors, going outside hospital policy; Gov. Hogan names Chip DiPaula, among others, to UMMS board while four are asked to return, including ex-Sen. Frank Kelly; UM Medical Center pulls request for a rate hike, after critics decry timing of such a request; Baltimore city drops lawsuit over Pimlico after talks with Stronach restarted; Climate Change Part 4: keeping the drafts at bay; Planned Parenthood launches Maryland-DC-N. Virginia effort to protect abortion rights; and committee chaired by Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings votes to hold two Trump officials in contempt of Congress.

State Roundup, June 12, 2019

Gov. Larry Hogan is urging the Trump administration to reconsider delay, put Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill; statewide, fatal overdoses down while Washington County sheriff disputes uptick numbers; state moves forward to demolish 40 buildings making up city detention center; Hogan asks U.S. Rep. Hoyer’s help in pushing through redistricting reform; in Part 3 of series on climate change, poorer Baltimore City residents struggle with heat, hot water bills; Washington County parklands aided by state Open Space funds; Baltimore County publishes interactive county budget information; and slew of “Healthy Holly” books find their way for the taking at Maryland Book Bank.