State Roundup, January 2, 2019

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.

State Roundup, December 31, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 24, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 21, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 20, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 19, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 18, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 17, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 14, 2018

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.

State Roundup, December 13, 2018

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.