State Roundup, March 13, 2019

With veto-proof majority, Maryland now poised to become first state to ban foam food containers, while Gov. Hogan seems non-committal on signing legislation; owners of medical marijuana shops concerned that legislation will not prevent out of state ownership, consolidation under large corporations; over protests, U.S. Rep. Cummings gives emotional appeal for armed JHU police force; bill would mandate outside investigation of killings by police; Senate passes expansion of child-care credit; measure would ban discrimination against owners of certain dog breeds; bills would push educating students to become organ, tissue donors; and Trump budget proposal would slice 13% from Bethesda-based NIH.

State Roundup, March 12, 2019

About 8,500 teachers and their supporters rally in Annapolis for major increase in school funding, drawing support from county executives, as House of Delegates takes first look at 2020 budget proposal; residents surrounding Hopkins push back against proposal for private police force; attending Handgun Permit Review hearing enlightening in its lack of clarity, overturning of State Police decisions; state Senate expands child care tax credits; redistricting public hearing to be held today as Gov. Hogan, former California Gov. Schwarzenegger file brief with Supreme Court; and President Trump’s proposed budget slashes 90% of funds for Chesapeake Bay.

State Roundup, March 11, 2019

House Appropriations Committee OKs $320 million more for Maryland public schools, including salary hikes, pre-K expansion; Gov. Hogan counters $15 minimum wage hike with $12.10 proposal; former member of Hangun Permit board ejected from hearing when she overstays testimony time; MVA adding staffing, hours to accommodate Real ID applicants; House OKs aided suicide bill; Baltimore city bills target lead paint poisoning, control of city police department; Hogan raised $1.6 million for inaugural; and Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association Sunshine Week study finds police reports throughout the state are expensive to obtain.

Opinion: Baseless attacks on the restaurant industry

The Restaurant Association of Maryland responds to Progressive Maryland’s commentary attacking its polling and credibility. When Larry Stafford of Progressive Maryland implies that the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) is deceptive with regard to the arguments we make to policymakers, writes Melvin Thompson, I have to draw the line. His attack is baseless, unwarranted and shows he has little understanding of business economics.

State Roundup, March 8, 2019

After emotional debate, Maryland House approves bill to allow terminally ill adults to obtain end-of-life prescription drugs; Senate advances minimum wage bill that delays $15 hike for small businesses until 2028; income taxes account for drop in state revenue projections; General Assembly will likely meet in special summer session over redistricting map; key senators back JHU policing bill; amid growing revelations of sexual misconduct, bill would prevent cited teachers from moving to other schools by banning non-disclosure pacts; and U.S. House Dems push ethics bill written by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes to cut role of big money in politics and ensure fair elections.

Bill Clinton celebrates Mike Miller

When the secretary of the Senate told me in January that ex-senator P.J. Hogan was trying to get former President Bill Clinton to be the speaker for the annual dinner of Senates Past, we both agreed that was highly unlikely. But lo and behold, the surprise guest keynote speaker for the annual reunion of former senators Thursday night was none other than the 42nd president of the United States.