State Roundup, February 17, 2020

Maryland House OKs $2.2 billion school repair, construction bill to ease crowding, replace old buildings; four committees to hear Kirwan education recommendations today; bill would enable people targeted by false police calls to sue the callers for damages; opioid chief Schuh defends expenditures after critical audit; half of Gov. Hogan’s “Green Bag” appointments go to women; new Redskins stadium may just replace the old one; state, local solution sought to hemp farm stench; and attorneys for Catherine Pugh cite distress, economic loss in seeking 366-day sentence for Baltimore’s former mayor.

State Roundup, February 14, 2020

Prosecutors recommend nearly five years of jail in bombshell memorandum; includes Pugh’s business ties to city comptroller; GOP lawmakers offer education proposals; spousal rape defense debated; opinion piece on judicial elections; environmental groups oppose Conowingo Dam deal; lifetime supervision for sex offenders proposed; medical marijuana ban in jails discussed for third time; deadly assault spurs hate crime bill; more mental health training for police proposed; Frederick priorities for transportation set for U.S. 15; bill proposes parental consent for birth control after teen gets implant at school; Allegany debates if slots money should go to scholarships or emergency services

State Roundup, February 11, 2020

Sen. Klausmeier proposes bill to ban student sex offends from school campuses; taking Trump administration one step further, Comptroller Franchot bans sale of disposable e-cigarette devices; Gov. Hogan seeks to repeal Busch-sponsored bill requiring state to pay Annapolis at least $750,000 annually; as state seeks to right history, statues of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass installed at State House; Hogan blasts President Trump on Chesapeake Bay program cuts; Sen. Carter says progressive support could help her win Cummings’ seat; and at least 11 take buyouts at Sun Media Group papers.

State Roundup, February 7, 2020

Bill to ban flavored vaping and tobacco products gains powerful support but still has fierce opposition; 7th District’s April race shaping up as field narrows; massive education reform bill proposed; judges oppose Hogan’s sentencing transparency criminal reform idea; foster parents could be given more rights at court cases; residency requirement for police brass passed; Washington County lawmakers ask for redevelopment incentives; House Speaker pushes HCBU settlement; toll late fee reduction goes to hearing; Mount Airy proposed for state urban renewal

State Roundup, February 6, 2020

Gov. Hogan focuses on fighting city crime, support from General Assembly in State of State address as members receptive to message of bipartisanship; Sen. Pinsky sponsors bill to bar state funds from going to Maglev projects; bill to provide state subsidies to some in state health insurance marketplace would cut costs, supports say; Len Lazarick recalls time when presidential candidates actually stumped in Maryland; network designed to transmit Maryland voter data to state officials during special primary had to be shut down; 7th District Congressional candidates gear up for their next races; Maryland congressmen talk Trump acquittal; and Montgomery officials push against federal immigration changes.

State Roundup, February 5, 2020

Kweisi Mfume wins Democratic primary while Kimberly Klacik takes Republican race for chance to finish the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ term in Congress; who are the candidates?; it may be confusing but there is still another primary in April, for a full term in Congress; Mfume overwhelmed a large Democratic field; in the meantime, House and Senate Democratic leaders in Annapolis announced a broad legislative package aimed at reducing violent crime; even as Gov. Hogan lambasts mandated spending, he does add to it; lawmakers question redundancy of Hogan’s school accountability plan; House passes bill requiring background checks for private sales of long guns; as Redskins sports betting at new stadium, they vow to hire minority vendor; and President Trump honors Maryland Tuskegee Airman with promotion to brigadier general.

State Roundup, February 4, 2020

Voters in the 7th Congressional District head to the polls today to nominate a candidate to replace the late Elijah Cummings; in expected low turnout, ‘super voters’ are targeted; panel postpones appointments to UMMS board of directors until audit is complete; Gov. Hogan speaks with city leaders on crime, violence and squeegee kids; Hogan pushes back against bill to use education funds for Pimlico revitalization; Senate panel OKs two Hogan picks to lead Transportation, Corrections; Montgomery House delegation cuts proposed salary hike for local school board members by $50,000; prez candidate Michael Bloomberg taps Maryland campaign team; and mayor of Thurmont, widow of slain Capital Gazette reporter to attend President Trump’s State of the Union address.

State Roundup, March 7, 2019

House expected to vote on bill to allow terminally ill patients to obtain drugs to end their lives; bill to set up Prescription Drug Affordability Board under cloud of court ruling on previous law as pharmaceutical reps blast effort; seeking to secure $102 million in unpaid tolls and fines, legislation targets out-of-state scofflaws; measure would force testing of stored rape kits; Attorney General Frosh, 8 other states seek freeze on offshore seismic testing for oil; and in our Hogan Prez Watch, the governor returns to Maryland from Iowa confab saying he’s no closer to making a decision to run against President Trump.