Maryland

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...

Texas Abortion Ruling Reverberates In Other States | 07-01-2016

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a 2013 Texas law requiring doctors and clinics that perform abortions to meet hospital-like standards resulted in the almost immediate effective invalidation of similar laws facing legal challenge...

Obamacare premium increases to vary widely across states in 2017 | 06-10-2016

Premium increases for the most popular category of health insurance plans under Obamacare will vary widely in 2017, based on analysis of proposed rate filings for eight states where complete data is available by Avalere Health. The average proposed rate...

MD Gov. Hogan’s Vetoes Presage Override Fight | 06-03-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) recent veto of a half dozen bills, most of which he deemed unwarranted, “sophomoric,” or “legislative ‘logrolling,’” has likely set up a contentious override session next spring...

Home Gambling Bill Gets Boost From Mahjong in MD | 06-03-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a bill into law last month legalizing games “involving wagering” in residents’ homes as long as those games aren’t held more than once a week, aren’t advertised and don’t involve...

Politics In Brief - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

GOP Lawmakers Want Special Session on Campaign Finance in MT Ten Republican MONTANA lawmakers have taken the rare step of calling for a special session to address what they say are “defects” in state campaign finance law and close a “loophole”...

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...