State Roundup, November 14, 2019

Hundreds of supporters of Maryland’s historically black universities and colleges rally in Annapolis to voice opposition to Gov. Hogan’s final offer of $200 million to settle lawsuit as Speaker Jones takes to the mic to back $577 million settlement; General Assembly likely won’t address legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020 session; Hogan taps Keiffer Mitchell as top lobbyist for his agenda; two companies proposing off-shore wind farms raise the height on their turbines by more than 200 feet, pushing regulators to reopen discussions; oops: state errs in sending 22,000 warnings to drivers over Hatem Bridge; Comptroller Franchot offers same message to Republicans and Democrats on the limits of government; Howard high schools back on the table over redistricting discussions; UB to train 3,000 as elections judges to Feb. 4 special primary to fill U.S. Rep. Cummings’ seat; and Cummings’ papers to go to Howard University.

State Roundup, November 13, 2019

Maryland, Virginia governors announce partnership to rebuild American Legion Bridge over the Potomac in attempt to relieve major traffic congestion on I-495; dozens show up at last public hearing of Kirwan Commission to show support for pricey, statewide education reform proposals; audit office under Kirwan would be weak; Washington County air concerns to lawmakers before start of Annapolis session; field for seat held by late U.S. Rep. Cummings gets crowded; Cummings was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer 25 years ago; and Baltimore city seeks to fix laws on prohibiting posting ‘early’ campaign signs.

State Roundup, November 12, 2019

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings has stepped down from her seat as Maryland Democratic Party chair to run for her late husband’s congressional seat; Sen. Jill Carter to make ‘special announcement’ next week as she considers running for Congress; Public Information Act Compliance Board seeks more authority over records disputes; teachers voting on who will serve on Maryland school board; Washington County, Carroll County schools outline wishlists for next Annapolis session; and iconic Baltimore gathering place for pols, Jimmy’s, up for sale again.

State Roundup, November 11, 2019

Baltimore Republican operative whose posts prompted President Trump’s anti-Cummings, Baltimore tweets to seek Cummings’ congressional seat; Charlton Howard named state prosecutor to head office to probe political corruption; Del. Moon proposes bill to prohibit real estate firms from selling homes based on school districts; two central Maryland school districts chose two different start days for fall 2020 classes; more than 100 Marylanders chose X for gender on licenses; ex-Del. Gaines’ daughter and campaign treasurer pleads guilty to wire fraud; U.S. Rep. Raskin, a constitutional scholar, becomes a star in impeachment probe; 29-year-old Clarksburg resident to challenge U.S. Rep. Trone in Dem primary; and Frederick seeks to bring transportation into rural parts of county.

State Roundup November 8, 2019

The state and its largest employee union may be returning to the table; educators protest Hogan fundraiser; Perman named chancellor to head public university system; Hogan returns to old tax playbook; Annapolis wants to reimagine city dock; UMMS disclosures filed; Howard schools open after labor day; audit finds issues at Md. Correctional Services; Police flag controversy in Montgomery; Metro board weighs cost of wish list; Miller remains a leader; Balt. Mayor hopes for business support to solve youth problems; Metro rules in ethics case; Franchot wants his regulatory powers back; Carroll schools at bargaining impasse; state lawmakers tackle gang policy; BMore committee to protect against cyber attacks; impeachment proceedings; state prosecutes St. Mary’s gun crimes; Allegany seeks state help for school demolition; Airbnb regulations in Garrett; faces of cannabis industry.

State Roundup, November 7, 2019

General Assembly leaders propose spending $2.2 billion on school construction, boosting classroom dollars as it seeks to push forward backlogged projects; lawmakers question why few students accept offer of free community college tuition; Washington County lawmakers listen to constituents on benefits of medical marijuana; physician who aided other hospitals in crisis takes over scandal scarred UMMS; Howard school board kills motion to continue redistricting process by starting from superintendent’s recommended proposal; Bowie State president chastises Congress for holding up HBCU funds; and Montgomery County bans discrimination based on hairstyles.

State Roundup, November 6, 2019

With a 71% black prison population, Maryland leads all states – including Mississippi; Annapolis lawmakers look to 2021 for changes in voting privacy for Maryland’s disabled voters; two former delegates team up to fight opioid abuse; Handgun Permit Review Board violated open meetings law; U.S. Congress holds up funding for HBCUs; Frederick council, Montgomery school board set legislative priorities; state kills Montgomery plan to avoid Beltway widening; University of Maryland assesses climate goals; and in 2020, Baltimore County to start schools post-Labor Day.

State Roundup, November 5, 2019

Gov. Hogan joins coalition of governors opposing Trump administration withdrawal from Paris Agreement; Kweisi Mfume officially joins race to replace U.S. Rep. Cummings; law enforcement officials weighing in on Montgomery County Exec Elrich decision to not display ‘blue lives matter’ flag at police station; Del. Luedtke seeks emergency legislation to get 12th early voting site in Montgomery after state board votes against it; and Baltimore City Council gives preliminary OK to banning plastic bags.

State Roundup, November 4, 2019

Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume is expected to announced today his will seek the late Elijah Cummings’ seat in Congress; Transportation Secty Rahn says Gov. Hogan won’t raise taxes for major transit projects; Hogan wades into Montgomery County ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag controversy; U.S. House Speaker Pelosi addresses Maryland Democrats; Maryland’s top court considers changes to timing of judicial suspensions; Hogan names two to Maryland courts; private citizen wants to buy ‘Negro Mountain’ signs as controversy continues over history of its name; in Baltimore County, more African Americans subjected to police stops; and state elections board nixes new Montgomery voting site.

State Roundup, November 1, 2019

Widow of late Rep. Elijah Cummings weighing running for his seat; Del. Talmadge Branch enters race; former Congressman Kweisi Mfume poised for major announcement; exoneree awarded $3 million working for justice for others; Baltimore business leaders urge more transit funding; counties prioritize affordable housing; Ritz Carlton condo owners say they asked for water bills for years; Real ID deadline less than a year away; health deputy salary questioned; MD tax business climate ranks low; judge information will be made public for case search website; opinion on redistricting; hemp trial season wraps up for farmers; TEDCO plans return after legislative reforms; Montgomery objects to CCT bus line being dropped; consumer advocate weighs in on public health option; record settlement for Baltimore police cadet; 529 plan picks new head