State Roundup, September 12, 2019

Seven medical cannabis users have reported unexplained respiratory problems; letters between Hogan administration and state Health Care Commission seem to offer path toward new Prescription Drug Advisory Board; Attorney General Frosh criticizes tentative Perdue Pharma settlement; D.C. Council of Governments pushing for more affordable housing; with President Trump’s planned visit to Baltimore, protesters expected to be out in force; while presidential hopeful Joe Biden leads the money race in Maryland; Sen. Bernie Sanders outshines with most donors; Maryland Democratic Committee, siding with DNC, soundly defeated proposal for a dedicated climate change presidential debate; musicians reject latest BSO proposals; and with Maryland members splitting down party lines, U.S. House votes to ban off-shore drilling.

Commentary: Lessons from 9/11

On this anniversary of 9/11, it’s fitting for all Americans to take a deep breath, and remember a few simple things about who we are — ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

State Roundup, September 11, 2019

Maryland’s four historically black universities offer to settle suit against state for $577 million; as College of Southern Maryland embarks on fundraiser to set up leadership institute named for Senate President Mike Miller, several entities with business before state government are donating; Gov. Hogan pledges $21 million to help Baltimore fight crime, backs surveillance plane; state’s medical marijuana regulators ask licensees to report any vaping-related illness; state gets $700,000 federal grant to study endangered Atlantic sturgeon; U.S. House Republicans want deeper probe into Jack Evans’ tenure as Metro chair; House panel splits along party lines to pass gun safety measures; and in the series Code Red, Part III looks at an effort to plant shade trees throughout Baltimore.

Code Red Part 3: No trees, no shade, no relief as temperatures rise

In a city marked by startling inequity, leaf cover is just one more thing that has been historically distributed in unequal measure. Baltimore’s poorest areas tend to have less tree canopy than wealthier areas, a pattern that is especially pronounced on the concrete-dense east side, in neighborhoods like Broadway East.

State Roundup, September 10, 2019

The Maryland Transit Administration fund for capital projects will fall by about $345 million over the next six fiscal years; Natural Resources proposing 30% cut in oyster harvest for the season; state lawmakers press U.S. Ed Secty DeVos on application denials from student locan forgiveness program; in Code Red, Part II, excessive heat can be detrimental to many with health issues; 2014 candidate for sheriff charged with campaign reporting violations; fuel-laden vans seized in Baltimore region; chair of city labor committee proposes ending pot testing of job candidates; and Chevy Chase council votes to decommission its barky dog park.

Code Red Part 2: Health risks rise with temperature

Heat waves are especially perilous because consecutive days with the heat index at 103 degrees or above greatly increase risks for older people, children, pregnant women and anyone with heat-affected chronic disease.

State Roundup, September 9, 2019

Speaker Jones appoints 2nd in command, changes up House leadership, committee assignments; Maryland’s young medical marijuana industry growing dramatically with new patients, anticipated legalizing recreational marijuana; despite concern, workgroup includes teacher salary hikes in ‘foundation’ formula; August was fourth best month for casinos – but not for Horseshoe; Ben Jealous isn’t running for mayor, but will he run for governor?; law professors urge court to revisit Maryland’s emoluments lawsuit; sex assaults in Montgomery draw White House attention to undocumented residents, sanctuary policy; state removes signs for Negro Mountain; and Bowie mayor retiring after 21 years, leaving field wide-open..

State Roundup, September 6, 2019

First Purple Line track laid; Hogan downplays disagreement with PA over Chesapeake Bay cleanup; pension system responds to critique; Astate employee union is facing a lawsuit seeking to recoup up to $7 million the union collected from state employees without their permission; feds meet on rural broadband access; Kirwan education committees debate funding; opioid crisis continues; protesters gather on commissioner-led prayers in Carroll; Hogan complains about Baltimore city schools not having AC; Jealous won’t run for city mayor; judge denies Balt Co development; delegate vacancies; art center will be renamed for late Speaker Mike Busch