Despite bail reform, judges holding more defendants in jail without bail; marijuana decriminalization reduces the number of cannabis-related arrests, but 96% of Baltimoreans arrested are black; ghost guns, criminal justice reform on tap as new session in Annapolis is on the horizon; John Hopkins pushes General Assembly for its own police force; as federal government shutdown continues, Marylanders seek unemployment benefits; state legislators to allow immigrant parents to designate guardian for children in case of emergency; more than 50 Maryland lawmakers urge Board of Public Works to reject 3-mile gas pipeline in Western Maryland; U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, soon-to-be House majority leader, poised to work with incoming Speaker Pelosi and much younger House members; and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings vows to hold President Trump accountable.
In Baltimore, as murders went up, arrests went down; property assessments are up across the state; new push for legalizing marijuana; gambling revenues continue to rise, but not at Baltimore Horseshoe; Frederick hotel proposal gets new life — maybe; inaugural donations will be reported; AA Exec Pittman announces cancellation of immigration enforcement; Howard Exec Ball announces new proposals for Ellicott City flooding; Howard County email hacked; Howard teachers contract sets raises; school board changes in Prince George’s , Montgomery; St. Barbara watches over Purple Line tunnel; computer virus affects Sun printing; bipartisan support for Bladensburg cross.
Come 2019 General Assembly session, the largest group of women lawmakers twill take their place at the State House; state reaches agreement with 1,500 state health care workers; fiscal prognosticators see storm clouds gathering, encouraging lawmakers to prepare beyond coming year; Montgomery County Exec Elrich says he and Gov. Hogan can find common ground on I-270 work; sports betting a sure bet in Maryland; Maryland GOP chief Dirk Haire says party needs to diversify; future of farming in Maryland depends of youth, adaptation; Arundel County Exec Pittman taps woman as new fire chief; and as Howard County Exec Ball reconsiders steps for Ellicott City, one property owner wants to remain.
The possible shutdown of the federal government looms large over Maryland, with a possible 26,474 workers impacted as Gov. Hogan urges President Trump to “come to his senses;” Maryland leads charge against Trump administration plan to allow offshore seismic testing; Gov. Hogan announces new funding for P-TECH education plan; Hogan taps bipartisan panel to redraw 6th Congressional District; U.S. Rep.-elect Trone urges Supreme Court to validate his 6th Congressional District; 11 sexual harassment claims tallied against lawmakers in past year; General Assembly leaders OK new behavioral guidelines to stem harassment; enrollment in ACA up 28% in rural Maryland; banned insecticides still on some store shelves; and emoluments clause lawsuit halted by Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kirwan plan to increase state aid to schools delayed a year after House Speaker Busch, Senate President Miller say there isn’t time for legislature to deal with it; opposition from environmentalists, Prince George’s residents grows to Gov. Hogan’s plan for Redskins stadium at 300-acre federal parkland; ; Board of Public Works OKs new contract for toll roads projects; study says Eastern Shore imperiled by rising seas; BPW OKs new medical care provider for inmates; D.C. Council OKs sports betting: What will it mean for Maryland?; and state grants proposed Garrett performing arts center $685,000.
Senate President Miller to push for more police for Baltimore City, new private force for Johns Hopkins; Attorney General Frosh to go before U.S. District Court judge today in effort to preserve its lawsuit seeking to keep the Affordable Health Care Act; after finding unapproved pesticides in products, medical marijuana commission fines grower, orders changes in leadership; Abell study finds deregulation of energy industry did not save Marylanders money; Montgomery Council seeks authority over new tolls roads, in effort to stop Gov. Hogan’s widening plan; House Speaker Busch taps committees; Hagerstown councilwoman blasts Hogan over picking Steve Schuh to head opioid force; and Arundel jail ends immigration screening after County Exec Pittman speech.
As Michael Gill leaves Commerce Department, Gov. Hogan taps Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz to replace him; Attorney General Frosh has challenged the federal government on myriad fronts, including 14 court cases to protect ACA, stop family border separations and halting distribution of 3-D printed guns; environmentalists unhappy with Trump administration plan to severely restrict development protections on some types of waterways and wetlands; oyster fishing policy debate expected in Annapolis; federal-state land swaps such as Gov. Hogan’s proposal for Redskins stadium are not unusual; Baltimore County appeals to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on pensions; Howard County gets a female fire chief.
With possible federal government shutdown, 300,000 Marylander could face furloughs; Marylanders vow to fight to save Affordable Care Act after Texas judge rules it is unconstitutional; contract to expand I-270, I-495 to go before the Board of Public Works; ranked choice voting gaining momentum; high vote-getter Comptroller Franchot considers next steps; Metro board to charge peak fares during special events; police officers struggle with opioid addiction; and Montgomery County Exec Elrich faces down a budget.
Maryland will enter 2019 with a $1 billion surplus, but the state Board of Revenue Estimates cautions about possible recession; opposition to new Redskins stadium begins to grow; Stadium Authority unveils plans for new, modern Pimlico; lawmakers expected to set new renewable energy goals; hearing set for early January on medical cannabis company ownership rules; federal farm bill, expected to be signed by President Trump, should aid Chesapeake Bay; U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, No. 2 to soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, objects to Pelosi setting leadership term limits; Ellicott City property owners on hold awaiting action by new Howard Exec Ball; and Montgomery Exec Elrich offers alternative to Gov. Hogan’s Beltway widening.
Stadium Authority study calls for razing, rebuilding Pimlico; House of Delegates Democratic leader to seek ban on 3D, ghost guns; marijuana regulators hope to stem possible influx of national corporations; Republican voters ask Supreme Court to uphold gerrymandering decision on 6th District; appellants await court decision on programs once unique to historically black institutions; work on Lawyers’ Mall forces rallies to be moved to less visible space; Gov. Hogan taps former Arundel Exec Schuh for top opioid spot; President Trump signs order that could help Baltimore city with ‘opportunity zones;’ Maryland, Virginia balk at Metro revitalization plan; Baltimore County students fail to see expected results from laptop program; and Keith Haller, co-founder of Maryland Matters and noted political observer, dies at 70.