State Roundup, September 20, 2019

A Kirwan Commission met behind closed doors to look at models to pay for $4 billion in annual increased education costs; cost of Maryland’s individual health insurance drops for the second year in a row; AG Frosh and city State’s Attorney Mosby “stunned” to learn of governor’s crime proposal in the media; state revenues revised up; an audit is causing lawmakers to call for reforms in state business incentive deals; MD students striking for climate change today; Hagerstown community college lays out legislative priorities; school bus driver shortage has kids squatting in bus aisles; Maryland Racing Commission chair is fed up; Carroll County residents still fired up about county prayer dispute; Cummings misses hearing for medical procedure; environmental organization taps new leader

State Roundup, September 13, 2019

Baltimore greeted President Donald Trump with a 14-foot inflatable rat as he visited for the first time the city he disparaged as rat infested; his visit was to speak at a gathering of Republican Congressional retreat where he only mentioned the city at the end of his speech; AG Frosh will challenge a Clean Water rule rollback; Maryland vaping illness cases triple; a Maryland same-sex couple is challenging a decision to deny citizenship to their infant daughter, who was born in Canada to a surrogate; Maryland U.S. reps are objecting to a practice where ICE deports immigrants thinking they are visiting an immigration office; a call for a smarter Bay Bridge that handles traffic better on existing roads; Metro board wants to make ethics investigations public; Carson cleared of misconduct furnishing his HUD office suite; UMB starts Cannabis masters; $7 million Camden train station complete

State Roundup, September 6, 2019

First Purple Line track laid; Hogan downplays disagreement with PA over Chesapeake Bay cleanup; pension system responds to critique; Astate employee union is facing a lawsuit seeking to recoup up to $7 million the union collected from state employees without their permission; feds meet on rural broadband access; Kirwan education committees debate funding; opioid crisis continues; protesters gather on commissioner-led prayers in Carroll; Hogan complains about Baltimore city schools not having AC; Jealous won’t run for city mayor; judge denies Balt Co development; delegate vacancies; art center will be renamed for late Speaker Mike Busch

State Roundup August 30, 2019

Gov. Larry Hogan alarmed about Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay plan; nearly 200 people nationally sick from vaping; child porn laws apply to self-produced teen video; workgroup considers school construction funding changes; residents near Bay Bridge react to planning; Carroll to settle meeting prayer case; statewide balloon release bill planned; disability rights activist to apply for delegate; union gives fans to Baltimore teachers with no AC; Trone meets with Garrett officials; Hogan announces opioid grants; MTA starting new Guinness bus route; Baltimore gag order case won’t go to Supreme Court

State Roundup August 23, 2019

The governor’s office has fenced off funding for MD’s new Prescription Drug Board; Kirwan defends work of state education commission; Sun investigates how racing commission members are financially invested in the sport they oversee; state AGs, phone companies vow to fight robocalls; Baltimore objects to SNAP benefit changes; record lottery, casino revenue; BSO musicians won’t return to stage without contract; Chestertown chief tapped for new Natural Resources police chief; black liquor renewable energy reforms discussed; feds release funds for opioid fight in MD; students move into mold remediated dorms; fire put out near State House; GBMC seeks approval for renovations; Frederick County sheriff’s ICE agreement under scrutiny

State Roundup: August 9, 2019

Gun policy debate rages in Maryland as Baltimore police sergeant shot off-duty, with a look at the numbers of the state’s new red flag orders to take away guns; Maryland REAL ID re-certtified; BWI runway project gets federal funding; MoCo inspects rental properties, identifies troubled properties; Ellicott City rebuilding continues; Hogan administration demanding Metro transparency; MoCo school bus camera contract under scrutiny; tax-free back to school shopping; C&O groundbreaking; Marriott employees rally in BMore; PG police officer convicted in case with no cruiser camera; U,S, Rep. Brown visiting Central America

State Roundup August 2, 2019

President Trump continued his scathing attacks on Baltimore minutes into a campaign rally Thursday, then news broke that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ West Baltimore home was broken into last weekend hours before Trump made his first comments on the district; the Post gives an in-depth look at how Baltimore reform efforts fizzled after they were launched following the death of Freddie Gray; how much federal money really goes into Baltimore?; VP Pence visits crane company in just over the state line; Del. Impallaria’s defamation suit has been dismissed; blind voters sue over unequal voting system allegations; delegate questions sanitary commission nearly rebranding cost; AG seeks help of truckers for human trafficking crackdown; student hosts roundtable on gun issues; Frederick lawmakers serve on gang commission; hemp impact on state police marijuana enforcement Commerce Secty Schulz on paper mill closure; Van Hollen looks to improve southern MD economy; and Garrett airport gets fed funding

State Roundup, July 26, 2019

Hogan to lead National Governor’s Association; Franchot for brewery Hysteria; Meals on Wheels funding cut; health department investigates parasite outbreak; cashless tolls coming; Baltimore approves ransomware attack funding; more cooling off called for before lawmakers become lobbyists; police settlement gag order debate continues; Frederick delegate Facebook blocking questioned; $15 billion in Baltimore transportation planning; Hagerstown I-81 funding rejected; Transportation planning for Washington region; Bmore police liability considered in court case; distilleries now able to serve cocktails; state education funding formula committee membership questioned; OHV park now open; discussion of MoCo sanctuary policies; Hoyer aid retires

State Roundup, July 19, 2019

Buy Local Cookout at Government House; lots of congressional news in today’s roundup, with Rep. Elijah Cummings going on the offensive in a child separation hearing; sharing his personal scars from integrating a pool and how President Trump’s remarks brought them back; congressional fundraising figures released; Fort Meade contractor indicted on threat to congress member charges; AOC draws crowds in Silver Spring; Morgan State will review cannabis applications; Baltimore City gag order legislation proposed; Rutherford visits western Md.; Opinion on elderly prisoners; wind and solar farm developments; Prince George’s residents oppose what they believe is Amazon warehouse; Judge allows tax returns in Annapolis Capital shooting case; Exonerated push for compensation from state; Justice John Paul Stevens remembered.

State Roundup July 12, 2019

Immigrant policy dominates the headlines as Baltimore braces for ICE raids; Baltimore Brew and plaintiff win appeal on police settlement gag order case; Dems allege Hogan campaign violations; agencies fail to do required excessive force reporting; homicide case brings attention to Maryland judge discipline lag; Purple Line delayed; Garrett hands over wastewater operation; Mosby supports drug injection site; DeGrange joins lobbying firm; Court of Appeals swearing in; utility companies interested in rate setting changes; Hogan hones communications shop; fallen journalists memorial gains support; Diamondback editorial on accreditation review; Hopkins offers gun policy seminar for teens; NOAA says Maryland flooding will worsen