Maryland

Helping the Dreamers: The Clock is Ticking | 02-16-2018

States have a vital stake in federal action to rescue the beleaguered program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012 by executive order, DACA has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young...

Trump Releases Infrastructure Plan | 02-16-2018

President Trump unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan last week. In broad terms the plan calls for using $200 billion in federal funding to stimulate $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment over the next decade. The $200 billion includes $100...

Social Policy - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

TN House Approves HB 108 The TENNESSEE House approves HB 108 , which would require doctors who perform abortions to provide women with an ultrasound prior to having the procedure. It moves to the Senate (TENNESSEAN [NASHVILLE]). MD Governor Signs...

Job Vacancies Taking Toll at State Agencies | 02-09-2018

Job vacancies at government agencies are up from coast to coast. About 11 percent of the positions in Maryland’s executive branch are currently unfilled, about twice the rate in 2010. Between 15 and 17 percent of the clerk positions at courts that...

Social Policy - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

MD Senate Approves SB 2 and HB 1 The MARYLAND Senate approves SB 2 , a bill that would eliminate parental rights of rapists over children conceived through rape. The House approves its own version ( HB 1 ) a day later. The two chambers must now approve...

State Charitable Giving Programs Model for SALT Cap Workaround | 01-12-2018

In response to the $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) included in the federal tax overhaul, lawmakers in high-tax states like California are considering allowing taxpayers to make charitable contributions to state funds...

Govs Cry Foul Over FL Drilling Exemption | 01-12-2018

Coastal states reacted with alarm last week when the Trump administration announced it was expanding oil drilling leases in waters previously protected under the Obama administration. But when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that after a...

Politics in Brief - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

SCOTUS AGREES TO HEAR SECOND REDISTRICTING CASE: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a redistricting case from MARYLAND involving Republican voters’ claim that the congressional districts drawn by the state’s Democrat-controlled General...

States With Most to Lose by Elimination of SALT Deduction | 12-15-2017

Taxpayers in nine high-income, high-tax states claimed more than 60 percent of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions on federal tax returns nationwide in 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Seven of those states, which include California, where...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

Hogan Pitches Anti-Crime Package | 12-08-2017

Saying he has “absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for these repeat violent offenders and these criminal gangs causing lawlessness in our streets,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he will introduce wide ranging legislation in January intended...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

Hogan Pitches Alt MD Sick Leave Bill | 12-01-2017

Hoping to avoid what appears to be an imminent override, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he would in January introduce an alternative version of a paid sick leave bill he vetoed last session. That measure ( 2017 HB 1 ) requires Old Line State...

Business - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

MD Adopts Rule Montgomery County, MARYLAND (D) adopts rules making it the first jurisdiction in the Old Line State to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The new minimum goes into effect in 2021 for businesses with at least 51 employees, with those between...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

GOP Govs Sign Anti-Boycott Israel Orders | 11-03-2017

Two GOP governors have signed executive orders making their states the latest to bar government agencies from doing business with companies that are boycotting Israel. On October 23 rd , Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed EO 01.01.2017.25 , which requires...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Governors In Brief - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

HOGAN PROPOSES MD SENTENCING LEGISLATION Responding to what he called “out of control” violent crime in Baltimore, MARYLAND , Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to introduce a major package of anti-crime legislation when lawmakers reconvene...

New Strategy For Public Election Financing | 09-01-2017

The hope that public financing of elections might eventually get big private money out of politics ended with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , eliminating limits on political spending by...

Politics In Brief - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

JUSTICE ALITO STAYS TX CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REDRAW U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily stayed a lower-court ruling requiring two TEXAS congressional districts to be redrawn because they discriminated against minority voters, “pending...

Trump Promises Opioid Emergency Declaration | 08-18-2017

President Donald Trump said his administration is preparing to declare a federal emergency aimed at addressing the national opioid abuse crisis, but what that means to beleaguered governors seeking to quell the crisis remains unclear. The president...

Governors In Brief - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

HOGAN PROPOSES NEW TIMETABLE FOR MD EMISSIONS TESTS MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed giving Old Line State drivers an extra year before their vehicles would have to undergo an initial emissions inspection. Current law requires the inspection...

Schwarzenegger Looks To Terminate Gerrymandering | 08-04-2017

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has been quietly working on a campaign to end the way legislative districts are drawn, but is now stepping up his advocacy into a more public campaign intended to try to get the partisanship out of the...

More Govs Join Climate Alliance | 06-09-2017

Nine more states last week joined the newly-created U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition to uphold the tenets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, an international coalition aimed at combatting the impacts of global climate change. The coalition was formed...

States Pushing Ahead With Private Sector Pension Plans | 06-02-2017

Undaunted by opposition from Wall Street, Congress and the Trump administration – or by potential litigation down the road – a growing number of states are moving forward with implementing state-run pension plans for millions of private-sector...

Politics In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Congress Blocks State Retirement Plans Congress voted to eliminate an Obama-administration rule removing regulatory hurdles obstructing states from creating retirement programs for workers who don’t have access to retirement plans through their...

Health & Science - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

Maryland Signs HB 631 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs HB 631 , which allows Old Line State officials to force drug manufacturers whose products are incorporated in state-run health programs to explain and justify dramatic price increases. The measure...

Hogan Ends MD Session On High Note | 04-14-2017

Lending credence to the adage that the third time’s the charm, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wrapped up his third and by far most successful legislative session last week. After two years of struggles with the Democrat-controlled General Assembly...

Budgets In Brief - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

NH HOUSE FAILS TO PASS BUDGET NEW HAMPSHIRE’s Republican-controlled House failed to pass the budget proposed by the chamber’s Finance Committee for the first time since the 1960s, due to limited Democratic support and a “large faction”...

Environment - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

Maryland Signs HB 1325 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs HB 1325 , which makes the Old Line State the third to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking (BALTIMORE SUN).

Environment - April 3 2017 | 03-31-2017

California Air Resources Board Approval The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board approves new rules that will require oil and gas companies above a certain size to implement vapor recovery systems that will allow for methane that would otherwise be lost...

Hogan Declares MD Opioid Emergency | 03-03-2017

Saying “We need to treat this crisis the exact same way we treat any other state emergency,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) declared a state of emergency last week over the state’s growing number of opioid overdose deaths. Hogan also...

Or Some Kind of Envy | 02-17-2017

Things are getting snippy in Maryland, where Gov. Larry Hogan has drawn some fire for deleting comments critical of him from his official Facebook page. As the Baltimore Sun reports , Dems are incensed because someone on the gov’s staff recently...

Politics In Brief - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

MD AG Given Power to Sue Without Gov’s Approval Democratic state lawmakers in MARYLAND gave Old Line State attorney general Brian E. Frosh broad authority to bypass Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to sue the federal government, an unprecedented expansion...

Crime & Punishment - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

Crime In Maryland The MARYLAND Court of Appeals unanimously rules that Old Line State judges and court commissioners should look first to ways other than bail to ensure a defendant appears for trial. The seven-member court’s ruling was a compromise...

Hogan Intros Transportation, Manufacturing, Ed Proposals: | 12-16-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has unveiled a series of agenda items he plans to pursue in the new legislative session, including the repeal of a law adopted earlier this year that requires state officials to rate and rank proposed transportation projects...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Hogan Proposes Paid Sick Leave | 12-09-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled a proposal last week to require Old Line State employers with 50 or more workers to provide them with at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Part-time employees would need to work at least 30 hours per week...

Governors In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

LA Judge Rejects Edwards LGBT Directive Saying the law was unclear, a LOUISIANA judge rejected an attempt by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) to force the state Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) to okay legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language...

Budgets In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Changes Coming to NC Lottery Lottery officials and state lawmakers in NORTH CAROLINA said last week they are considering changes including making reselling tickets a crime. The news comes after an investigation by The Charlotte Observer revealed that...

Federal Court Panel Gives Go-Ahead For MD Redistricting Case | 09-02-2016

A panel of federal judges issued a ruling last month that will have no bearing on the November election but could have major implications for future races. The judges simply ruled that a challenge to the congressional redistricting in Maryland after...

Governors In Brief - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

MN Gov. Issues Bee EO MINNESOTA Gov. Mark Dayton (D) issued Executive Order 16-07 , which limits the use of pesticides that harm the Gopher State’s honeybee population. The governor’s order directs the state’s Department of Agriculture...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Value Of $1 Relative In States | 08-12-2016

The value of a dollar varies by 30 percent between some states, according to the Regional Price Parities (RPPs) - measures of how much the price of goods and services in states and metropolitan areas differs from the national average in a given year ...

Governors In Brief - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Gov. Hogan Funds MD Drug Treatment Initiative MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) office announced it had provided $540,000 to fund a pilot program intended to give nonviolent drug offenders a chance at drug treatment rather than jail. The funds...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Social Policy - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

Social Policy In MD & AL The MARYLAND Court of Appeals unanimously rules that non-biological parents who live with and help raise children also have parental rights. The court’s decision allows family-court judges to consider whether a person...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...