State Roundup, July 3, 2019

Just two months after the race for Maryland’s speaker of the House, at least two former supporters of Del. McIntosh have been removed from key posts, without new speaker’s knowledge; audit finds Port Administration used contract to skirt state procurement regs; new report finds blue crab population doing just fine; Maryland Attorney General Frosh is suing over asbestos mess following demolition; Frederick and Carroll counties continue work on Monocacy River plan; judge to allow Trump abortion ‘gag rule’ to go into affect; city cops won’t aid ICE in civil actions; agreement to put Howard teachers starting salary at $60,000 in five years; and what ever happened to all those candidates running against Marc Elrich for Montgomery exec?

State Roundup, July 2, 2019

Gov. Hogan still mum on whether he’ll free millions projects, including school construction and rate kit testing; governor does withhold $55 million from ethics-beleaguered Metro; Court of Appeals suspends without pay city district judge over continued incivility; study finds Maryland would need $27 billion to fight rising seas; state high court rules that some workers’ comp claims can apply to telecommuters at home; state taps Easton, Baltimore city spots as arts districts; state prosecutors meet counterparts from El Salvador to join forces to battle MS-13 gang activity; and Montgomery Exec Elrich says legalized pot industry should be state-managed.

State Roundup, July 1, 2019

Following Jordan McNair’s 2018 death, turmoil in its governance, the University of Maryland, College Park warned over accreditation; hundreds of new laws take effect today, including raised tax credit for child care and an armed police force for JHU; state horse-racing regulators ignored state law in awarding millions to Stronach for track upgrades; NAACP leaders throw their support behind D.C.-Baltimore maglev; some scientists think immediate fix to Bay dead zone might be doable; two women of color announce campaigns to take U.S. Rep. Hoyer’s seat; Moody’s cautions Montgomery County on planned budget move; first tax hikes in Baltimore County in years take effect today; and Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard Pitts handcuffed by police in his Bowie home.

Bubbling the Bay’s dead zone: Breath of fresh air or pipe dream?

What if the dead zone that plagues the Chesapeake Bay could be eliminated now, not years down the road — and at a fraction of the billions being spent annually on restoring the troubled estuary? Fanciful as it sounds, Dan Sheer figures it’s technically doable. Whether it’s the right thing to do is another question. Bay scientists are wary of potential pitfalls, but some still think it’s worth taking a closer look.

State Roundup, June 28, 2019

Supreme Court won’t interfere on gerrymandering the ruling in Maryland case says; Hogan calls for redistricting overhaul; hundreds rally in Baltimore ICE protest; Pimlico negotiating continues; Ports to take over MTA; one year anniversary of Annapolis newspaper shootings; Hogan criticizes Montgomery on emergency communications planning; Kirwan funding means teacher raises in Harford; Shoemaker joins Family Violence Council

State Roundup, June 27, 2019

Federal ICE agents take action around state; Sen. Cardin urges support for fallen journalists memorial in D.C.; the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling today on the Maryland, North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases; Hogan administration touts decline in homelessness statewide, but some jurisdictions see increases; horse-racing regulators ignored state law in awarding racetrack subsidies, Sun investigation finds; General Assembly committee is urging state, local jurisdictions to ramp up cybersecurity spending; UM Pharmacy School reverses decision, will now offer graduate degree in medical cannabis; U.S. Rep. Brown says he’s open to another run for governor; and a federal judge won’t rule on dispute over Maryland Public Information Act requests in Baltimore County.

State Roundup, June 26, 2019

MVA offices, already scrambling over REAL ID compliance, now tackling that extra day closed – Friday, July 5; state racing commission delays reimbursing Stronach $4.4 million; Maryland panel probing marijuana legalization meets, under new leadership; Gov. Hogan pushing state agencies to ensure energy savings in state office buildings; Howard County school cafeterias ranked high for healthy foods; VP Pence, in Maryland for GOP Red, White & Blue dinner, gives shoutouts to lots of Republicans, except for Larry whatshisname; Senate panel kills fund request from civilian real estate arm over concerns money will go to D.C. FBI HQ instead of suburban choice; and Baltimore city considers rules for public financing of local campaigns.

State Roundup, June 25, 2019

The Maryland Democratic Party accused nearly 100 donors to Gov. Hogan’s re-election campaign of donating too much money, a claim Hogan’s attorney dismissed as ‘false, sloppy;’ Senate President Miller urging Hogan to release funds for Baltimore police reforms, school construction and rape kits; unredacted complaint indicates pharmaceutical companies coordinated response to congressional inquiry as ‘polite f-u letters;’ few perjury prosecutions amid tens of thousands of failed gun background checks; feds search Metro chair’s home; Maryland’s immigrant communities fear roundups, deportations; and in this week’s Democratic presidential debates: What’s in it for candidate John Delaney, committee chair Tom Perez.

State Roundup, June 24, 2019

General Assembly failed to renew a 23-year-old tax credit program, throwing cold water on Baltimore city development; as Maryland approaches 1st anniversary of Capital-Gazette killings, Tribune Publishing announces plan to build D.C. memorial to slain journalists; Gov. Hogan’s drumbeat maY have helped push Jack Evans’ resignation from Metro board; counties across Maryland find ways to accommodate trending farm-based brewery industry; President Trump’s promise of raids on immigrant communities sends fear throughout state; BSO standoff continues; Corine Frank tapped as new executive director of Maryland GOP; Columbia’s first office building razed; Supreme Court expected to rule on gerrymandering; and Montgomery County Council pushes County Exec Elrich on new emergency communication system.