State Roundup, December 30,2019

Deadly year in Baltimore, with 343 homicides; former Sen. Ulysses Currie dies; more questions about ex-Del. Cheryl Glenn and medical cannabis; new deputy health secretary; election day wireless communications questioned; new Prince George’s fire chief is first woman; Gov. Hogan must decide on accepting refugees; and former BaCo superintendent Joe Hairston dies.   

State Roundup, December 24, 2019

Cheryl Glenn, who resigned abruptly last week from her House of Delegates seat, has been charged with bribery and wire fraud in exchange for backing legislation related to cannabis, opioids and alcohol; while this is the third elected official charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office, he says political corruption isn’t its only focus; Gov. Hogan announces the last round of appointments to replace the scandal-riddled UMMS board; Watermen’s Association upbeat on oyster population; a Carroll County GOP committeeman resigns, but confusion delays replacement; and Tom Darden, former State House photographer, dies.

State Roundup, December 23, 2019

Washington County officials continue to appeal for a return of the federal subsidy to support Hagerstown Regional Airport; members of Frederick’s legislative delegation meet with law enforcement, prosecutors, ACLU over work on state gang laws; some lawmakers hopeful that, with new, younger leadership, state legislature will lean left; Speaker Jones steps up to repair long-standing problem of not enough women’s loos; Gov. Hogan gives state workers Christmas Eve off; U.S. Rep. Andy Harris cheered, jeered for stand against Trump impeachment; privacy advocates see problems in Baltimore City’s second testing of surveillance planes; and former Baltimore County Judge Cavanaugh dies.

State Roundup December 20, 2019

Del. Cheryl Glenn offered no comment as her resignation was officially announced Thursday other than it was for personal reasons; proposals to expand 270 and 495 sparking protests in MoCo; fundraising begins in the congressional seat left by the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings; a charity run by his widow and candidate for the office is scrutinized for tax filing inconsistencies; victim’s family calls for hate crime statute changes; immigration detention sparks debate; Maryland leaders in House continue to play roles in impeachment; library to be named after Speaker Busch, but not without debate; explanations given for Nice bridge pedestrian lane cut; Sarah Foxwell’s Christmas death sparked sentencing law changes; vaping ban in MoCo; Baltimore DPW worker indicted on federal charges; Purple Line opening in 2022; city, state on lookout for homeowner tax credit errors; city stops gag orders in police settlement cases; Bel Air’s Mike Griffith recommended for delegate appointment; oyster shell recycling efforts recognized

State Roundup, December 19, 2019

Maryland’s congressmen vote along party lines in impeachment of President Trump; U.S. Rep. Hoyer delivers powerful speech just before impeachment vote; transportation giant reverses decision not to bid on Hogan highway plan, saying state’s political leaders have begun to demonstrate willingness to meet community, political concerns; Del. Cheryl Glenn resigns, sources say; Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health to get a $2.6 billion increase as part of massive year-end funding bill; Catherine Pugh charged with perjury for not disclosing ‘Healthy Holly’ business as a state senator; and Baltimore city tackles more fallout from ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal.

State Roundup, December 18, 2019

Hundreds of Marylanders rally for Trump impeachment; 300 residents along I-495 rally against proposal by Gov. Hogan to add toll lanes, widen I-270, Beltway; in the meantime, the state sent out letters to more than 3,700 homeowners along the proposed roads plan telling them surveyors may need access to their land; Comptroller Franchot explains his current opposition to the road widening plan; lawmakers attack potential 2021 deficit; Hogan announces clean energy priorities; federal spending bill includes 16% hike for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts; Baltimore courthouse to be renamed for late U.S. Rep. Cummings; and Frederick County ban balloon launches.

State Roundup, December 17, 2019

Some Montgomery lawmakers, town officials push back against Gov. Hogan’s plan to widen D.C. area highways; some in Maryland congressional delegation promote bills to ease transition of former inmates, prevent returning to crime; Indiana nonprofit group seeks state voter rolls to assess flaws in registration; state sues shuttered paper mill over pollution in Potomac; Carroll elementary teacher elected to state school board; and tiny Queen Anne’s town considers hosting ICE detention facility.

State Roundup, December 16, 2019

Without explanation, Gov. Hogan cancels Board of Public Works meeting that was to feature vote on road widening plan, among other issues; UMMS audit finds oversight of ‘Healthy Holly’ situation, other self-dealings and too-long tenures were ignored; Hogan announces education spending plan that includes pre-kindergarten expansion; as it celebrates 36 years, multi-jurisdiction Chesapeake Bay pact turns up mixed improvements; Allegany delegation to push for local control over filling vacated school board seats; Del. Haynes of Baltimore and Del. Sydnor of Catonsville nominated by home party committees to fill Sen. Nathan-Pulliam’s seat; federal law preventing bank loans to medical marijuana businesses straps them for cash; Sheila Dixon announces for mayor; and Frederick County wrestles with high demand, low return on recycling.

State Roundup, December 13, 2019

Senate leadership team crafted with younger, liberal lawmakers; Mosby concerned about state funding for city prosecutors; Purple line report calls for affordable housing funding; Appeals court spars over AG’s Frosh’s Trump lawsuit; Maryland imprisons African Americans at high rate; Howard schools redistricting injunction sought; deputy state prosecutor will lead Baltimore County ethics office; Baltimore politicians return money from company tied to Healthy Holly scandal; Medical marijuana rights bills proposed; hemp farmers consider trade association; education will be big General Assembly priority; Buttigieg visits Baltimore; Cummings health bill passes House; Lyft helping with groceries for food deserts; speed camera spending report released; Moco debates using cameras to catch cell phone driver use; Franchot vaping task force meets; Dan’s Mountain Wind Farm gets county nod; new MACO board of directors sworn in.

State Roundup, December 12, 2019

Maryland business leaders urge Gov. Hogan to support Kirwan recommendations to improve public schools; state revenue projections up slightly; Speaker Jones says 2020 session livestreaming a test run, will only occur for about a third of time; Hogan announces plan to push through prosecutions as he targets crime in Baltimore city; medical marijuana commission navigates unknown territory, now tackling edible marketplace; Senate President Mike Miller talks life and the afterlife; city audit finds funds for city 911 went to police instead; Carroll Republicans get VIP treatment at Trump rally; overdoses spike in November in Carroll; in Washington County, syphilis cases tied to opioid crisis; new report urges Montgomery County to preserve low-income housing along Purple Line; Shiela Dixon expected to announce run for mayor; and prez candidate Buttigieg in Baltimore.