State Roundup, December 5, 2017

Gov. Hogan expected to introduce proposal to curb violent crime in Baltimore City; House, Senate tax plans take away federal deduction for state, local income taxes. heavily impacting Maryland taxpayers; Republican Virginia representative to introduce bill to hike funding for Metro; Supreme Court to discuss Maryland’s gerrymander case on Friday; Mongtomery County preps for $120 million budget shortfall; Baltimore City Council President Young heads to D.C. to push for tighter gun controls; and Gavin Buckley sworn in as mayor of Annapolis.

State Roundup, December 4, 2017

MVA workers fired after audit finds hundreds of fraudulent driver’s licenses issued to immigrants without proper documentation; sales of medical marijuana begin at two facilities; U.S. Senate gives GSA two more months to come up with a plan for a new FBI headquarters; new craft brewery legislation could prove as contentious as last year’s; Metro looks at rise in Uber, Lyft for reason for ridership decline; Gov. Hogan’s poll numbers remain solid, but issues may take a stronger hold; Frederick County outlines legislative priorities, including compromise ethics bill; former Takoma Park mayors back Roger Berliner for Montgomery exec; Gavin Buckley to be inaugurated as Annapolis mayor today.; and Sen. John Astle mulling reelection bid.

State Roundup, December 1, 2017

As Senate Republicans scramble for a major tax overhaul, effect on Maryland taxpayers up in the air; Circuit Court judge delays decision on Gov. Hogan’s appointments of two secretaries as both sides prep for case; lawmakers eye improving integrity of Maryland elections; gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker, Gov. Hogan spar over Prince George’s schools grades as Baker vows systemic improvements; four unions back Donna Edwards for Prince George’s exec; Kirwan commission to recommend big teacher pay hike, career ladder; Frederick County ethics reform again to go before General Assembly, this time with a compromise; and Howard bills get public airing.

State Roundup, November 30, 2017

With dueling sick leave plans, Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic legislative leaders wrestle over compromise, lack thereof; after years of delay, UMMS to break ground on new Prince George’s regional hospital; complete LaHood Metro recommendations to be released next week; Russia’s Facebook campaign after Freddie Gray riots may have been a dry run for national attack; Arundel schools outline 2018 legislative priorities, including expanded pre-k; man who helped get Gavin Buckley elected Annapolis mayor joins race to oust Arundel County Exec Schuh; Schuh endorses Jessica Haire for A.A. County Council, wife of party chair; and U.S. Rep. Cummings asks FBI to make probe into murder of Baltimore City police detective a priority.

State Roundup, November 29, 2017

Following the Supreme Court allowing assault weapon ban to stand, Maryland Democrats hope to ban sale of bump stocks; in effort to stop override of his veto a paid sick leave measure, Gov. Hogan comes out with his own bill; Hogan addresses violent crime in Baltimore city, says he concerned he hasn’t seen Mayor Pugh’s plan; Comptroller Franchot hopes to unleash untapped craft brewery potential; congressional panel holds hearing in Baltimore on opioid crisis; Montgomery, Prince George’s enter into non-binding pact to ensure affordable housing along Purple Line; Dem gubernatorial candidate picks longtime Dem operative Susan Turnbull as running mate; and Bob Hughes, press secretary to three Baltimore County executives, dead at 68.

State Roundup, November 28, 2017

Lawmakers worry that congressional tax plan could make it difficult to lure private investors to public projects such as the Purple Line; today is Giving News Day; Reps. Brown and Raskin to unveil legislation to keep Metro at status quo; Baltimore City redirects Baltimore City video lottery money to buy command vehicle for private watch dog group, raising questions of legality; U.S. Supreme Court lets stand Maryland’s ban on assault weapons; gubernatorial candidate Jealous, Sen. Bernie Sanders to push for universal health care; three seek to replace Judge Wilson in House of Delegates; and 29th candidate steps up for one of four Montgomery County council at-large seats.

State Roundup, November 27, 2017

With the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress, Maryland lawmakers attempt to address the issues locally; Maryland congressmen to attend forum today to speak on GOP tax overhaul efforts; state movement afoot to buttress federal individual insurance mandate – or create state one; legislation on horizon to address Baltimore’s rising violence; Gov. Hogan’s re-election committee fined for Al Redmer fundraising emails sent during last session; Baltimore County’s interim school superintendent says she’ll abide by new rules governing outside employment, travel; and Prince George’s Clean Water Partnership is finding success.

State Roundup, November 22, 2017

Maryland’s two NFL stadiums to vie for FIFA World Cup matches; Tangier Island slipping away; state testing federal initiative to allow addiction treatment centers to be reimbursed per patient through Medicaid; Maryland childcare subsidy has lowest reimbursement rate in country, causing hardship for lower income families; state Sen. Will Smith to seek legislative aid for businesses impacted by Purple Line construction; parents, like Comptroller Franchot, want new Lansdowne school, not a rehab; Rep. Steny Hoyer joins effort to bring peace to Thanksgiving table; and Baltimore County councilman wants school board to vote acting superintendent into post despite income disclosure controversy.

State Roundup, November 21, 2017

In effort to free promising economic engine, Comptroller Franchot unveils legislative package to ease restrictions on craft breweries; state auditors find severe, possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College; enrollment for Maryland’s health exchange rises; health exchange gets new executive director; group asks Appeals Court to uphold earlier decision on Bladensburg Cross; 15 Democratic women named to new Emerge Maryland class; group of scientists back Aruna Miller in race for 6th Congressional District; and former Del. Hurson to seek spot on Montgomery County Council.

State Roundup, November 20, 2017

As problems persist with some Maryland judges not applying the law, more call for judicial performance evaluations; transit Secretary Rahn reveals more of plan to relieve congestion on Capital Beltway, I-270; Metro’s former inspector general says she was kept under close scrutiny; study finds state government under-staffed; three shore river conservation groups merge; Carroll Republican Central Committee appointment causing controversy; and Montgomery’s public financing attracts slew some Republicans in Democratic stronghold.