A recent study ranked Maryland No. 13 for the states with the highest African American political engagement. Former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening said: “Being number thirteen is good but it’s certainly not great. I think it illustrates the opportunity for us to expand participation significantly.”
New Goucher Poll finds strong support for Kirwan education reforms but concern over hike in taxes, with some urging status quo on taxes and state services; former state Attorney General Gansler approves of minimum sentencing for those who commit gun crimes, especially repeat offenders; proposal would ban police from offering waivers to sex crime victims to end investigation; father pushes bill to allow children with seizure disorders to use medical cannabis at school; Senate passes bill to stop discrimination by landlords against those using housing vouchers; Montgomery delegate hopes to find relief for businesses currently suffering through Purple Line construction; and Takoma Park considers banning use of fossil fuels.
Gansler weighs in on battle between Hogan and Democrats over mandatory minimum sentencing in crime bill
Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler weighed-in on Friday on the battle between Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly over legislation that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for those who commit gun crimes — saying such punishment is appropriate for repeat offenders.
Governor declares emergency for crime proposals, says proposed sales tax expansion for schools would destroy economy; Thurgood Marshall’s early education school to become community space; bill to ban medical marijuana in jails returns; Marylanders rally against Trump funding cut for Chesapeake; FBI called to Salisbury for racial threats; bill looks at handcuff use for warrants; MACO opposes solar panel mandate; Rawlings-Blake named to Bloomberg campaign; state grants for workforce assessment proposed; editorial on jailhouse informants; Humane Society calls for end to wildlife killing contests; ICC detours continue
Calling violent crime in Baltimore a crisis, the governor re-designates his violent-crime package as emergency legislation and begs the General Assembly to immediately pass the bills so he can quickly sign them into law. “We don’t want to hear any more excuses. There cannot be any more delays. We need to stop playing politics. Pass these bills.”
Del. Luedtke proposes tax on professional services, penny cut in sales tax to fund Kirwan education initiatives, while many suspect businesses that haven’t paid that such tax will protest; watchdog group files ethics complaint against Gov. Hogan over business dealings; Climate Solutions Act would address state fleet, state buildings, new commercial construction and rising sea levels; Del. Wilson returns with bill seeking expanded time for victims of child sex abuse to sue; Sen. Lam introduces bill to ban public school ‘lunch shaming;’ and Hagerstown Airport gets $1 million in federal funding for upgrades.
Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher, D-Montgomery, said Maryland’s indecent exposure laws must be expanded to include touching oneself sexually in public while fully clothed
Judiciary panel, pondering expanding definition of race, hears testimony on hairstyle bias that directly impacts African Americans; Senate gives initial OK to allowing public voice over future Bay Bridge work; American Heart Association wants to ban sale of flavored nicotine products; proposal would end point-of-sale plastic carryout bags; bill would allow law enforcement to take behavioral health patients to a crisis center; coaches are top paid state employees; Gov. Hogan names new State Police superintendent; and legislation to decide what can be labeled ‘meat’ dies in committee.
American Heart Association says Franchot’s task force recommendations on curbing youth e-cigarette use, vaping do not go far enough
The American Heart Association said Tuesday that recommendations in a report newly released by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office aimed at curbing underage access to electronic smoking devices (ESDs) are good but do not go far enough because they do not call for an outright ban of flavored nicotine products.
State lawmakers begin review of Kirwan education recommendations, funding possibilities and dire warnings should it not be funded; in the meantime, students, parents and teachers rally outside State House to support education overhaul plan; Gov. Hogan names first inspector general to oversee education spending; with aging population, Maryland faces crisis in lack of one-on-one health care workers; UMMS board member acknowledges ‘some knowledge’ of Healthy Holly dealings; Kweisi Mfume takes heat over supporting sentencing leniency for Catherine Pugh; and five named to District Court bench in Prince George’s.