Maryland

Be Gone With You | 06-03-2016

As far as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was concerned, it was well past time to do a little gubernatorial housecleaning. So as the Baltimore Business Journal reports , Hogan wiped away 72 previous executive orders, some dating back to 1970 and the administration...

Business - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Business In the Workplace The Obama administration announces new rules that raise the threshold for full-time salaried workers to be paid overtime to those making $47,476 per year, up from the current standard of $23,660. The change, which would impact...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Governors In Brief - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Hogan Signs Justice, Police Reforms MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed 144 bills last Thursday, including several police and criminal justice reforms. Among the bills was SB 945 , which will require anyone convicted of drunk driving in the Old Line...

Potpourri - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

MD Gov Signs SB 663 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs SB 663 , which among several things bars Old Line State pet stores from selling dogs or cats obtained from so-called “puppy mills” and requires they provide buyers with a written record...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

All Blown Out | 05-13-2016

Bill signing sessions involving hundreds of measures are moderately boring affairs, with a handful of note to the general public and most only exciting to the advocates and interests they impact the most. But then there is always the occasional odd nugget...

Business - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Endorses SB 40 The COLORADO Senate endorses SB 40 , a bill that allows non-residents to invest in pot shops starting in 2017 provided at least one controlling owner or investor resides in-state. Current law restricts investors and owners to people...

Or Maybe It Was the Dog | 05-13-2016

That one wasn’t Hogan’s only unusual effort of the day. As the Capital Gazette reports , he also inked his name to a bill that creates a pilot program allowing authorities to bring dogs into courtrooms to help with child witnesses. The bill...

Governors In Brief - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

Cuomo Forms Opioid Task Force Noting that accidental overdose is the leading cause of death in his state, NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced he is forming a task force to combat growing heroin and prescription opioid abuse in the Empire State...

Health & Science - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

OH Approves HB 523 The OHIO House approves HB 523 , a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana use in the Buckeye State. The measure moves to the Senate (CINCINATTI INQUIRER). MD Gov Signs HB 1005 & SB 97 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

New Voting Machines Debut in MD | 05-05-2016

For its primary election last Tuesday, Maryland rolled out new voting machines that scan paper ballots cast by voters. The switch from electronic machines that didn’t leave a paper trail to the new scanning technology was a decade in coming and...

Education - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

CA Approves AB 1594 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1594 , which would bar the use of standard and electronic cigarettes on California State University and community college campuses. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE). MD Gov Signs SB...

Business - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Business In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown(D) signs SB 3 , which will raise the Golden State minimum wage to $15 by 2022, with so-called “off ramps” for years in which the economy is struggling (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Business in NY...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

Disagreement Over Automatic Spending Increases in MD | 03-11-2016

The 2017 budget proposed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is reportedly poised to sail through the state’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly. But another Hogan proposal to suspend automatic spending increases when revenue is lower than projected...

Majority of States Have Good Samaritan Laws | 03-04-2016

States have enacted numerous laws to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths plaguing much of the United States. Most common are so-called “Good Samaritan” laws that generally give a person civil or criminal immunity for seeking help...

Environment - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

The MARYLAND Senate approves SB 323, which would require the Old Line State to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent from 2006 levels by 2040. The bill has moved to the House (BALTIMORE SUN).

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Crime & Punishment - February 15 2016 | 02-12-2016

Crime & Punishment in MD The MARYLAND General Assembly overrides a veto by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) of a bill that restores voting rights to felons before they finish parole or probation (WASHINGTON POST). Crime & Punishment in KS The KANSAS...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Crime & Punishment - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

Crime & Punishment in LA & PA The Supreme Court of the United States rules that people sentenced to life in prison as juveniles should be allowed to petition for a review of their sentence in order to seek parole. The High Court ruled that...

Hogan Seeks Nonpartisan Redistricting | 01-29-2016

Saying that for too long a competitive two-party system has been “nearly impossible” in the Old Line State, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) last Tuesday proposed having a nonpartisan panel draw legislative and Congressional districts. Such a...

Budgets In Brief - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

MD Lawmakers Overturn Hotel Tax Change MARYLAND’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly overturned five of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes from last year, including two measures requiring online hotel booking services like Travelocity...

Hogan Targets Baltimore Decay | 01-08-2016

Decrying a “sea of dilapidated buildings” that have become “a hotbed for crime,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced an almost $700 million plan last week to tear down thousands of abandoned buildings in Baltimore’s decaying...

Health & Science - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

Health & Science in MD The MARYLAND Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issues an order authorizing pharmacists to dispense the anti-overdose drug naloxone to thousands of individuals who have been trained and certified through the state’s...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

Potpourri - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to an ILLINOIS city’s ban on semiautomatic, high-capacity assault weapons. The city, Highland Park, is a suburb of Chicago. Seven states — MARYLAND, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, HAWAII, MASSACHUSETTS...

Business - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Business in TX The United State Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to a TEXAS law that requires veterinarians to examine an animal before offering advice or suggesting treatment. The law bars vets from giving advice online without first seeing...

Governors In Brief - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Brown in Paris CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said he is still planning to attend a United Nations climate change summit in Paris next month. The summit is scheduled to go on in spite of the wave of terrorist attacks carried out in the City of Light...

Governors In Brief - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Hogan Expands Lead Testing MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the Old Line State will now test 1- and 2-year-olds statewide for lead poisoning. The testing previously was performed only on children living in “at risk” ZIP codes or...

Governors In Brief - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

Hogan Completes Chemo MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) completed his final round of chemotherapy treatment for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hogan posted on his Facebook account that since being diagnosed in June he has undergone 30 days of 24-hour...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Household Income Lags Behind GDP in Every State | 09-18-2015

Between 2000 and 2013 GDP growth outpaced median household income growth in every state in the nation, according to analysis by Stateline . In North Dakota the gap between general economic growth and middle-class income growth over that period was nearly...

Governors In Brief - September 21 2015 | 09-18-2015

TX-Mexico Border Deal TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an agreement with Mexico that, among several things, promotes bilateral collaboration on motor vehicle border land crossings and future border infrastructure projects (LANDLINE MAGAZINE). ...

MD Case Could Set New Redistricting Precedent | 09-10-2015

Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, Maryland, filed a lawsuit in 2013 challenging the state’s congressional district map. No one paid much attention to the suit at the time, because the map, drawn after the 2010 census, had...

MD Gov Wants Redistricting Reform | 08-14-2015

Although their constitutionality has been upheld by federal courts, Maryland’s congressional districts - drawn in 2011 by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and the Democrats who control the state’s General Assembly - are considered by some...

Crime & Law Enforcement - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

CT Declares Capital Punishment Unconstitutional The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court declares capital punishment to be unconstitutional, effectively barring the death penalty in that state (WASHINGTON POST). MD Use of DNA In Unsolved Crimes The MARYLAND...

Hogan Halfway Though Cancer Treatment | 08-14-2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) spent five days at the University of Maryland hospital last week receiving 24-hour chemotherapy for treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hogan is now halfway through his treatment regimen. He left the hospital in good...

MD Launches Commission to Review Regulations | 07-17-2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the launch of a new commission to determine which state regulations are making it hard to do business in the state. “For years, over-burdensome and out-of-control regulations were making it impossible...

Governors In Brief - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

New Gun Permit Regulation for NJ Reacting to the death of a NEW JERSEY woman stabbed to death by an ex-boyfriend, Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced a new state regulation to require applications for gun permits for victims of domestic violence, other...

Answering The Call | 06-12-2015

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan may not be as well-known as Jerry Brown but he was apparently quite the item during a recent stint of jury duty. As the Washington Post reports, Hogan was originally called to come in on January 21, which just so happened to...

Supreme Court Rebukes MD For Double-Taxing Residents | 05-29-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a 2013 Maryland Court of Appeals ruling declaring that the state’s unusual practice of denying taxpayers a credit on the county segment of the state’s income tax wrongly exposes those who earn income out-of...

Health & Science - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

TX Approves HB 21 The TEXAS House gives final approval to HB 21, so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other treatment options to access experimental medications not yet approved...

Social Policy - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

CA Approves AB 2175 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 2175, a bill that requires so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about reproductive services available elsewhere, including abortion, and to disclose...

Business - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

CA Assembly Approves AB 202 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 202, legislation that would make cheerleaders for professional sports teams employees of those franchises. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE). Also in CALIFORNIA , the Assembly approves...

Govs Tackle Suicide Prevention | 05-15-2015

At least four governors have signed bills in recent weeks to help prevent suicide among school-age kids. The first came on May 5 when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed HB 198, a measure that requires school personnel to undergo yearly training in suicide...

Education - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

NH Vetoes SB 101 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoes SB 101, which would have barred state education officials from implementing the Common Core curriculum standards in any Granite State public school (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]). TN Signs...