Tiffany Robinson Appointed Labor Secretary

Governor Hogan has announced that Tiffany Robinson will be appointed the new Secretary of Labor. Ms. Robinson currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, where she advises on labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters. From the Governor’s press release, “Tiffany Robinson has dedicated her career to empowering…

New Laws Taking Effect July 1

Approximately 300 pieces of legislation will take effect today, the same day the new fiscal year begins. This legislation includes: creation of a prescription drug board tasked with developing ideas to reduce drug prices at the manufacturer, wholesale, pharmacy benefit manager and insurance carrier levels; initial funding to implement recommendations of the Commission on Innovation…

NAACP Announces Support for Proposed Maglev Project

During a press conference held on Friday, June 28, State and local leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced support for a proposed high speed magnetic levitation train that will allow people to travel from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes. Plans are for the route to continue…

Jim Ports Named Executive Director of MDTA

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board named James (Jim) F. Ports, Jr. as its new Executive Director. MDTA is a 1,700-employee agency that oversees the state’s eight toll facilities and the E-ZPass Maryland system. Mr. Ports has served as Deputy Secretary of Operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2015. MDTA Press Release

General Assembly 2019 Interim Materials – Committee Activities

The General Assembly recently provided organizational materials and committee activities for the 2019 interim. Information includes letters from committee chairs of standing, statutory and special committees detailing proposed activities for the interim; listings of legislation related to the Legislative Policy Committee; new reports to the General Assembly as a result of legislation; and reports due…

Education Funding Workgroup Appointed

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced appointments to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Funding Formula Workgroup. As reported by Maryland Matters, The panel will be tasked with making funding formula recommendations before the 2020 legislative session, including on the split between state and local education funding, prioritizing…