State Roundup, December 8, 2017

While state legislators tout paper mill waste as source for renewable energy, environmentalists say it’s not clean; Speaker Busch speculates on moving liquor oversight out of comptroller’s office; Del. McKay says its time to restore adult dental care to Medicaid coverage; disability advocates see harm in state’s restrictive use of prisoner cell lockup; as state prepares to open new water access area, some question the cost; Hagerstown Councilman Corderman nominated to vacant House of Delegates seat; Sen. Madaleno opts for public financing of gubernatorial primary campaign; and in 6th congressional race, what will former Del. Mossburg do?

State Roundup, December 7, 2017

Health care experts warn state commission on effects of losing individual mandate on Maryland residents; Gov. Hogan taps Carroll State’s Attorney to lead anti-gang campaign; U.S. Rep. Cummings offers whistleblower account of Trump adviser-Russia ties; two Maryland lawmakers arrested during D.C. protest of change in policy on undocumented workers; independent political group hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Cardin; Frederick County schools ask its delegation to help find ways to free schools from Hogan’s calendar mandate; Attorney General Frosh backs Rushern Baker for governor; Arundel Exec Schuh asks Roy Moore camp to return $1,000 donation; and Mayor Pugh touts multi-agency progress to end violence in Baltimore City as she spars with governor over effectiveness of their efforts.

State Roundup, December 6, 2017

As congressional Republicans battle over funding measures, Marylanders continue to be at the front line of any fallout from budget cuts, government shutdown; state Health Benefit Exchange makes concerted push for more enrollment as deadline nears; Virginia Gov. McAuliffe calls on Maryland, D.C. to help Metro; Gov. Hogan unveils tough on crime plan to fight Baltimore violence, without Baltimore represented and meanwhile, Mayor Pugh hopes to bring anti-violence youth program to Baltimore but needs state aid; with few dispensaries open, medical marijuana in short supply; gubernatorial candidate Jealous, U.S. Sen. Sanders to announce Maryland Medicare-for-all plan; state asked to intercede in Baltimore County school purchasing audit; and Montgomery County declares a climate emergency.

State Roundup, December 5, 2017

Gov. Hogan expected to introduce proposal to curb violent crime in Baltimore City; House, Senate tax plans take away federal deduction for state, local income taxes. heavily impacting Maryland taxpayers; Republican Virginia representative to introduce bill to hike funding for Metro; Supreme Court to discuss Maryland’s gerrymander case on Friday; Mongtomery County preps for $120 million budget shortfall; Baltimore City Council President Young heads to D.C. to push for tighter gun controls; and Gavin Buckley sworn in as mayor of Annapolis.

State Roundup, December 4, 2017

MVA workers fired after audit finds hundreds of fraudulent driver’s licenses issued to immigrants without proper documentation; sales of medical marijuana begin at two facilities; U.S. Senate gives GSA two more months to come up with a plan for a new FBI headquarters; new craft brewery legislation could prove as contentious as last year’s; Metro looks at rise in Uber, Lyft for reason for ridership decline; Gov. Hogan’s poll numbers remain solid, but issues may take a stronger hold; Frederick County outlines legislative priorities, including compromise ethics bill; former Takoma Park mayors back Roger Berliner for Montgomery exec; Gavin Buckley to be inaugurated as Annapolis mayor today.; and Sen. John Astle mulling reelection bid.

State Roundup, December 1, 2017

As Senate Republicans scramble for a major tax overhaul, effect on Maryland taxpayers up in the air; Circuit Court judge delays decision on Gov. Hogan’s appointments of two secretaries as both sides prep for case; lawmakers eye improving integrity of Maryland elections; gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker, Gov. Hogan spar over Prince George’s schools grades as Baker vows systemic improvements; four unions back Donna Edwards for Prince George’s exec; Kirwan commission to recommend big teacher pay hike, career ladder; Frederick County ethics reform again to go before General Assembly, this time with a compromise; and Howard bills get public airing.

State Roundup, November 30, 2017

With dueling sick leave plans, Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislative leaders wrestle over compromise, lack thereof; after years of delay, UMMS to break ground on new Prince George’s regional hospital; complete LaHood Metro recommendations to be released next week; Russia’s Facebook campaign after Freddie Gray riots may have been a dry run for national attack; Arundel schools outline 2018 legislative priorities, including expanded pre-k; man who helped get Gavin Buckley elected Annapolis mayor joins race to oust Arundel County Exec Schuh; Schuh endorses Jessica Haire for A.A. County Council, wife of party chair; and U.S. Rep. Cummings asks FBI to make probe into murder of Baltimore City police detective a priority.

State Roundup, November 29, 2017

Following the Supreme Court allowing assault weapon ban to stand, Maryland Democrats hope to ban sale of bump stocks; in effort to stop override of his veto a paid sick leave measure, Gov. Hogan comes out with his own bill; Hogan addresses violent crime in Baltimore city, says he concerned he hasn’t seen Mayor Pugh’s plan; Comptroller Franchot hopes to unleash untapped craft brewery potential; congressional panel holds hearing in Baltimore on opioid crisis; Montgomery, Prince George’s enter into non-binding pact to ensure affordable housing along Purple Line; Dem gubernatorial candidate picks longtime Dem operative Susan Turnbull as running mate; and Bob Hughes, press secretary to three Baltimore County executives, dead at 68.

State Roundup, November 28, 2017

Lawmakers worry that congressional tax plan could make it difficult to lure private investors to public projects such as the Purple Line; today is Giving News Day; Reps. Brown and Raskin to unveil legislation to keep Metro at status quo; Baltimore City redirects Baltimore City video lottery money to buy command vehicle for private watch dog group, raising questions of legality; U.S. Supreme Court lets stand Maryland’s ban on assault weapons; gubernatorial candidate Jealous, Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for universal health care; three seek to replace Judge Wilson in House of Delegates; and 29th candidate steps up for one of four Montgomery County council at-large seats.

State Roundup, November 27, 2017

With the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress, Maryland lawmakers attempt to address the issues locally; Maryland congressmen to attend forum today to speak on GOP tax overhaul efforts; state movement afoot to buttress federal individual insurance mandate – or create state one; legislation on horizon to address Baltimore’s rising violence; Gov. Hogan’s re-election committee fined for Al Redmer fundraising emails sent during last session; Baltimore County’s interim school superintendent says she’ll abide by new rules governing outside employment, travel; and Prince George’s Clean Water Partnership is finding success.