Maryland

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...

Crime & Punishment - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

IL Approves HB 218 The ILLINOIS House approves HB 218, a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It is now in the Senate (CHICAGO TRIBUNE). MD Signs HB 594, SB 482 and HB 533 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signs...

Politics In Brief - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

MD Passes Major Changes to Open Records Law Both chambers of MARYLAND’s General Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation making major changes to the state’s open records law, including the creation of a new ombudsman in the Office of...

Real Men Welcome | 04-10-2015

The Maryland legislative women’s caucus – officially the Women Legislators of Maryland – has always been open to male lawmakers. It’s just that none have ever wanted to join. At least until now. As the Washington Post reports,...

Environment - April 13 2015 | 04-10-2015

The MARYLAND Senate approves SB 409, a bill that would impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until October, 2017. Fracking is the oil and gas extraction process that uses chemically-treated water injected deep into underground shale...

States Vie For Military Retirees | 03-20-2015

Last year Nebraska enacted a partial income tax break and Iowa approved a full exemption on military pensions. And with military retirements expected to surge with the contraction of the nation’s armed forces after two wars, lawmakers in 19 states...

Environment - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

The MARYLAND Senate approves legislation that would bar Gov. Larry Hogan (R) from abolishing a commission on climate change created by former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in 2007. It moves to the House (BALTIMORE SUN).