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Sponsors of vetoed Dream Act bill defend their legislation

The bill would eliminate the requirements that undocumented immigrants attend community college in the same county where they graduated from high school, go to community college before attending a four-year institution, and attend college within four years of graduating from high school.

State Roundup, January 21, 2020

State fiscal analysts urge legislative budget committees to do more to address structural deficit before Kirwan reforms, economic downturn; following Dem Party complaints, Hogan returns $63,000 in donations; WalletHub study finds Maryland 9th among states in race relations; in Martin Luther King Day address, Del. Mosby draws link from King to historic speakership of Adrienne Jones; $40,000 of $4.7 million to aid Garrett County’s clean water push; 7th Congressional District Democratic hopeful find room for disagreement; Prince George’s leading Montgomery as D.C. suburban job creator; and the Baltimore County Council will vote on bill to make gun shops, sales more secure.

State Roundup, January 20, 2020

Seven hundred shore-area residents pack PSC hearing on offshore wind proposal; bill would give jurisdictions veto over state-backed toll road projects; Gov. Hogan’s greenhouse gas plan called ‘truly vague;’ with left-leaning General Assembly, lawmakers expect more strict gun control regulations; with Chanel Branch’s nomination to fill Del. Glenn’s seat, General Assembly revives debate over filling vacancies; Maryland has highest rate of incarcerating black men ages 18-24; bill sets stage to keep Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, make Laurel Park year-round racing venue; and Allegany Board of Commissioners president defends board support of Dan’s Mountain wind project.

Del. Cardin: Bill would end competitive elections for Circuit Court judges

“People don’t know what they’re doing when they vote for judges. Judges are not permitted to really campaign, not permitted to talk about how they would rule on things and they can’t talk partisan politics,” said Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County. “They’re not allowed to by their rules and so essentially it is a name contest — whosever name you like the best is who you vote for. And that is not the way that we should be picking our judiciary.”

State Roundup January 17, 2020

Hogan proposes tax cuts for retirees; GOP lawmakers introduce violent crime package; Mosby receives racist voicemail; Harford County exec warns of Kirwan costs; The Sentinel Newspapers will stop publishing; Juvenile justice reforms suggested; governor’s greenhouse gas plan questioned; Hogan moves to block BSO subsidy; possessing ransomware proposed as crime; MD officials push back on Trump rules; residents object to delegate nomination vote; Mfume candidacy examined; Pugh’s campaign finance report shows $1 million balance; MD GOP finances recovered from Pence visit costs; MD Dem executive director resigns; too many Senate bills; Silver Line opening may be delayed; Harchenhorn remembered

State Roundup January 16, 2020

Lawmakers see much they like in the governor’s budget plan; Baltimore’s top prosecutor condemns backlash against black, female prosecutors; progressive lawmakers propose taxes to pay for education plan; background checks for long guns draws strong feelings; AG says drivers licenses should not be suspended for unpaid fines; standardized approach to exoneree settlements proposed; recession for 2021 predicted; candidate might challenge central committee nomination; wind farm objections continue in Dan’s Mountain; Hogan proposal would benefit military families; audit of Frederick immigration program coming; funding for SDAT; hospital payment system considered; future of BSO funding; Senate President Emeritus shares perspective; tolls moving on Bay Bridge in shift to electronic tolling

Widow of Capital Gazette editor gives emotional testimony on gun-safety bill

“Maryland may have some of the strongest gun laws in the country but it’s not enough,” said Andrea Chamblee, a volunteer with the Maryland chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America whose husband. John McNamara, was killed in the June 2018 shooting along with four other Gazette employees. “There are significant loopholes that endanger our families, including the loopholes corrected by this bill.”