State Roundup, February 21, 2020

Governor declares emergency for crime proposals, says proposed sales tax expansion for schools would destroy economy; Thurgood Marshall’s early education school to become community space; bill to ban medical marijuana in jails returns; Marylanders rally against Trump funding cut for Chesapeake; FBI called to Salisbury for racial threats; bill looks at handcuff use for warrants; MACO opposes solar panel mandate; Rawlings-Blake named to Bloomberg campaign; state grants for workforce assessment proposed; editorial on jailhouse informants; Humane Society calls for end to wildlife killing contests; ICC detours continue

Larry Hogan

State Roundup, February 20, 2020

Del. Luedtke proposes tax on professional services, penny cut in sales tax to fund Kirwan education initiatives, while many suspect businesses that haven’t paid that such tax will protest; watchdog group files ethics complaint against Gov. Hogan over business dealings; Climate Solutions Act would address state fleet, state buildings, new commercial construction and rising sea levels; Del. Wilson returns with bill seeking expanded time for victims of child sex abuse to sue; Sen. Lam introduces bill to ban public school ‘lunch shaming;’ and Hagerstown Airport gets $1 million in federal funding for upgrades.

Bay Bridge

State Roundup, February 19, 2020

Judiciary panel, pondering expanding definition of race, hears testimony on hairstyle bias that directly impacts African Americans; Senate gives initial OK to allowing public voice over future Bay Bridge work; American Heart Association wants to ban sale of flavored nicotine products; proposal would end point-of-sale plastic carryout bags; bill would allow law enforcement to take behavioral health patients to a crisis center; coaches are top paid state employees; Gov. Hogan names new State Police superintendent; and legislation to decide what can be labeled ‘meat’ dies in committee.

State Roundup, February 18, 2020

State lawmakers begin review of Kirwan education recommendations, funding possibilities and dire warnings should it not be funded; in the meantime, students, parents and teachers rally outside State House to support education overhaul plan; Gov. Hogan names first inspector general to oversee education spending; with aging population, Maryland faces crisis in lack of one-on-one health care workers; UMMS board member acknowledges ‘some knowledge’ of Healthy Holly dealings; Kweisi Mfume takes heat over supporting sentencing leniency for Catherine Pugh; and five named to District Court bench in Prince George’s.

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 13, 2020

County, city leaders urge General Assembly to provide more funding for balanced transportation spending statewide; transit panel hears testimony on bill to ban state from acquiring residential property for toll lanes for I-270, I-495; Darryll Pines, longtime engineering dean, is named new president of University of Maryland, replacing Wallace Loh; advocates push to update state’s 50-year-old open records laws; some minors would be allowed to get vaccines without parental consent; bill would reinstate capital punishment for mass murder; on a tip, state auditors question grant to buy country club/golf course with opioid funds; and resolution to set up panel to rename Western Maryland mountain.

State Roundup, February 12, 2020

Mother of slain black Army lieutenant urges Annapolis lawmakers to broaden state’s hate-crime law; bill would bar murder defendants from claiming they were provoked by victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity; Health Dept. official says changes in required makeup of panel probing maternal deaths might hamper recruitment; Senate OKs bill to ban balloon releases; retailers backing statewide ban of plastic bags; sheriffs opposing bill to stop law enforcement from asking detainees immigration status; Gov. Hogan’s clean energy bill met with skepticism; slew of women running for Baltimore City Council, mirroring national trend; and Washington County gears up to for Next Gen 9-1-1.