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, January 31, 2020

State lawmakers override vetoes including ‘ban the box,’ Dream Act expansion; the end is near in the 7th District Democratic primary race; debate continues on gun control measure; Delaney drops out of presidential race; bill to allow armed Baltimore County school police officers; General Assembly vacancies filled; Baltimore Clean Air act delayed; grants could help Frederick renters; UMMS trying to recover Healthy Holly money; 12th early voting site for Montgomery; Carroll poll workers want security; editorial on judicial elections; Brown wants border wall security questions answered; assault law proposed for strangulation; cannabis oversight and rights; young Sierra club leader picked

State Roundup, January 30, 2020

Republican lawmakers attempt to amend bill on sales of long guns, while Democrats call them a ‘distraction’; Senate President Ferguson and Sen. Miller push for online ad tax to help fund education, others question its fairness, constitutionality; Gov. Hogan revives push for statewide post-Labor Day school start; proposal would protect Maryland drivers who have their licenses confiscated due to Real ID non-compliance; Speaker Jones turns on House live-streaming; legislation would extend protection to private citizens breaking into cars to save heat-distressed animals; and sisters of late U.S. Rep. Cummings endorses Mfume, Spikes.

Hearing on school-construction funding highlights desperate state of some schools

County and city leaders highlighted the desperate state of some of the schools in their communities to a panel of Maryland lawmakers on Thursday. Their testimony was in support of legislation that would provide more than $2 billion over the next five to ten years for school construction and renovation throughout the state. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said the legislation would provide a big boost for city schools, some of which he said lack basic utilities such as heat and air conditioning.

State Roundup, January 22, 2020

Gov. Hogan is asking the federal government for more visas for foreign workers to aid the state’s seafood industry; override of vetoed bill to provide tuition exemption for some undocumented immigrants set for this month; lawmakers says Redskins owner pushing legalized sports betting to keep stadium in Maryland; state prisons severely understaffed; legislators unlikely to give boost to 5G firms to build towers; bill would offer tax credits to long-distance commuters; Hogan budget designated $7.6 million for Carroll County projects; 2022 gubernatorial hopeful Peter Franchot already has $1.6 million in campaign coffers; and Baltimore County OKs gun shop security bill.